Allergies and Flu Season Tips + DIY remedies

March 27, 2020

Allergies flaring up? Little one have the sniffles? Trying to avoid catching the flu? Us too... We know that flu season can be a doozy any year and now more than ever it's important to stay happy and healthy! That's why we've compiled some tips and even some DIY recipes to help out this season.

1. Get back to the essentials! Following CDC (Center for Disease Control) guidelines for keeping safe from viruses is extremely important. These include:

  • Clean your hands often. If soap and water is not available, utilize hand sanitizer when needed!
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who you know are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • If you are already sick, take steps to protect others by staying home, covering your cough, and wearing face masks when out.

2. Say goodbye to boogies. When it comes to sniffles, we want them taken care of ASAP!  In addition to using appropriate medical remedies, using devices such as BREATHE that clear out stuffy noses fast are an effective and eco-friendly alternative to tissues. Just press on, clear your little's nose, and empty the collection reservoir for mess-free relief.


3. Stay Hydrated We're sure you've heard "drink plenty of fluid!" about a million times if you're not feeling your best. The CDC confirms that those with the flu should drink extra fluids to avoid becoming dehydrated. According to WebMD, his means drinking at least 64 ounces of liquid each day, which can include water, warm lemon water, or drinks with added electrolytes.

4. Store out of stock? DIY your nasal spray! During this time of year, everyone is stocking up on flu items such as nasal spray, tissues, and hand sanitizer. Lucky for us there is a DIY option using 3 items that are already around the house. 

  • Baking Soda (1 tsp)
  • Water (8 oz)
  • Salt (3 tsp)

Just combine the baking soda and salt together and store in an airtight container until ready to use. Combine 1 tsp of your dry mixture with 8 oz water and you have an effective DIY nasal rinse.

5.  Wash your hands. While we previously mentioned this step in CDC guidelines, keeping hands clean is one of the most important measures to take to prevent catching and spreading germs and illnesses. While it is recommended to avoid touching your face, we sometimes continue to do so without realizing it! Having clean hands lowers the risk of transferring germs to our faces, to others, and to surfaces that we may interact with later. 

6. Can't find hand sanitizer? Make your own If your local store is out of hand sanitizer, you may just have the 3 items at home needed to DIY it!

  • Aloe Vera gel (1/3 cup)
  • Rubbing Alcohol (2/3 cups)
  • Essential oil (optional few drops)

Combine your aloe gel and rubbing alcohol until completely combined, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil, and transfer to a spray bottle. This is a great option for when you are on the go and do not have access to soap and water, which is the recommended method. Just remember to wash your hands once you are home :) 


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