Welcome to the cold and flu season! Please check your ability to breathe at the door and take this mixture of runny noses, sore throats, and upset stomachs. A self-professed germaphobe, I really do my best to avoid situations where germs are more prevalent this time of year but those suckers still manage to find their way into our home. However, this year I am stocking my cabinet with my Amazon must-haves for cold and flu season. It’s a helpful combination of goodies to help prevent getting sick but also remedies to make us feel better if/when we do. So stock up, feel better, and I’ll see you all in May. 😉
Disclaimer: While you won’t find traditional medicine here I’m not against it. I just know you know how to pick up Nyquil already so you don’t need me telling you that! Also, I prefer to try natural remedies first.
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My 10 Amazon Must-Haves for Cold and Flu Season
I know what you’re thinking. Oh, you’re one of those elderberry people. Yes, I am. Look, I prove these prevent the flu but all I know is last year is the first year I didn’t get a stomach bug and the first year I started taking these. They also help boost your immunity to fight common colds too.
Pick them up on Amazon or your local Trader Joe’s. Plus, they taste good too!
At the first sign of a cold, I start popping these and I swear by them. The problem is I don’t always remember to take them and when I do, sometimes it’s too late and the cold just has to run its course. But otherwise, they are fantastic at stopping or shortening a cold. Just make sure to eat something before taking one because the zinc can make you sick to your stomach.
3.) Baking Soda
I swear baking soda is the cure for everything these days. I recently learned that it’s a great remedy for sore throats though. Mix it with salt and hot water and swish around in your mouth. (Don’t gargle.) You can even swallow a tiny bit.
And hey, if this doesn’t work you can always stick the box in your fridge to absorb unpleasant smells!
Speaking of sore throats, this all-natural little remedy can help soothe them along with bad coughs. I’m getting myself some today after fighting a bad cough for the last few weeks. People on Amazon swear by it and some even use it while traveling to prevent picking up any nasty germs.
This goes without saying, but please don’t use it if you are allergic to honey. Also, do not give to babies.
5.) Vicks VaporRub
I’m actually kicking myself because I’ve had a nasty cough for two weeks and forgot to do this! Good thing I have a bottle on hand. When I’m finished writing this I am going to go put it on the bottom of my feet and chest and get some relief. It’s so cheap and easy and great for kids who hate cough medicine.
Not surprisingly, when we’re sick we often have trouble sleeping. Help your body out by lulling it into a nice natural state of sleep with these melatonin gummies. (Can you tell I like gummies?)
Sometimes they are good to take during times of stress too because lack of sleep can also bring on sickness. Sleep well, my friend!
If you don’t have a humidifier for cold and flu season you need one now! My baby’s had a bad cough for weeks that’s kept her up and I finally got this one from Vicks and she’s been sleeping through the night now. Dry air can cause all sorts of sleeping problems so take care of it before it starts. Also, I love that I can get lavender and eucalyptus pads to put in the humidifier for even better sleep!
Come winter I switch my cleaners to thieves to help clear and prevent germs in my home. It’s also safe to use around kids and pets and smells like fall! I know a lot of people sell Young Living so you could pick some up from them, or, grab this bottle from Amazon.
I am ALL about natural cleaners and supplements. However, after getting the norovirus one year I don’t mess around with disinfecting when it comes to the Big Boys. So I keep a bottle of bleach around in case – God forbid – our home gets hit with it again. Sometimes you need that peace of mind that you’ve really killed it, you know?
10.) A good book
Sometimes there is nothing left to do when we get sick but rest up. That’s also a great time to pull out a book and get lost in a good story. I’m currently reading through the Poldark series and I highly recommend it. Also, when you’re done reading it you can curl up on the couch and watch the Poldark series on PBS.
What products are in your cold and flu arsenal? What Amazon must-haves are on your list?