How to beat the Winter germs

How to beat the Winter germs

Beating the Winter bugs is near impossible at this time of year, we are bound to feel it at some stage, even if it’s just a cough and the sniffles. Throw kids into the mix and you are definitely going to feel it, either directly or indirectly. There are some things that you can do to help ease the severity. There are lots of tips out there, all you need to do is head to Google and you’ll find some. Here are some pointers that I have picked up and find helpful in our household, but remember I am not a doctor, so please see a professional should you be concerned about your health.

  1. Good Hygiene – this is kind of a no-brainer, but worth a reminder on nonetheless. Washing your hands with hand wash before eating (or putting them near your mouth) is certainly good practice, or if you are out and about use an antibacterial hand gel if water and hand wash aren’t accessible.
  1. Essential Oils – not only do 100% Pure Essential Oils smell good, but they also have wonderful medicinal properties that can help us through periods of stress, insomnia and illness. 100% Pure Essential Oils, such as Eucalyptus, Lemon & Rosemary are great for helping to clear congestion. These can be used in a diffuser (the electric ones are great and safer than the candle version), or some through the steam inhalation method. Never consume essential oils unless under the instruction of a qualified practitioner.

If you find that the coughs and splutters, snotty noses and sneezes, take hold in your house, here are a few tips that you might like to use…

3. Spray the toys – it can be good to give the kids’ toys a bit of a spray with disinfectant from time to time, but after they’ve been sneezed all over it could be a really good idea! The Tri Nature Sanazone Disinfectant is ideal for this as it’s AQIS approved, which means it’s safe for use in commercial kitchens on food preparation areas, therefore fine on toys! You can then rinse or wipe them after spraying.

4. Sterilise bottles and dummies – when kids get colds, it can be a good idea to regularly rotate through drinking bottles. If the cold has been particularly nasty (or heavens forbid gastro goes through the house) you might like to sterilise bottles, and dummies if your child takes one. A good soak for at least an hour is all you need with the Tri Nature Little One Steriliser solution. Highly concentred, you only need a very small amount diluted in water. Bonus, it can also be used as a throat gargle which is handy when a cold first comes on! Use it on cuts and grazes in place of antiseptics such as Dettol, and place half a teaspoon in the water of cut flowers to help them last for longer!

5. Spray the germs!  We’ve probably all seen the Glen 20 ad where the mother follows all the sick family members around the house and sprays every surface they’ve touched with a can of Glen 20! You might like a safer, less toxic alternative, so go with the Sphagnum Moss disinfectant. Sphagnum Moss is enriched with herbal germicides and is extremely versatile. It re-odourises all treated areas, leaving a lovely fragrance of fresh spearmint and musk. It’s designed to clean surfaces quickly and completely, ensuring no contaminants are left upon which bacteria can regenerate. If you are sensitive to smells, the Sanazone Odourless Disinfectant will work in just the same way!

5. Use a decongestant – when a cold does take hold, using a decongestant to help clear your chest is always handy. The Joint & Muscle Rub is excellent for this! Just rub a small amount on your chest to help relieve the congestion and hopefully get a much better nights sleep! Not recommended for use on children under 3 or during pregnancy.

6. Washing the bugs away! Often when a cold or illness strikes, we need to change the bedding more regularly. Whether it’s night sweats, children’s runny noses or the dreaded gastro bug, one way to get rid of the bacteria and germs is by washing the bedding. Besides, who doesn’t love getting into a clean, fresh smelling, just made bed?! I love it at the best of times, and especially when I don’t feel 100%. The Tri Nature Laundry range is an excellent choice for your household – you can read why here in my previous post on 5 REASONS TO GIVE UP SUPERMARKET LAUNDRY DETERGENTS and you can see the entire range here.

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