making time to get some rest. When your body is working to fight off a cold or the flu, it needs plenty of rest. Try to budget your time and activities by eliminating unimportant things in your life at this time. It will protect you and others from catching germs and getting sick at this important time of year.
Holiday cooking helps us get Beta Carotene, Zinc, Vitamins C and E, that we need to stay healthy. We'll find these in turkey, beans, beef, chicken, carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, broccoli, fruits, and all the delicious foods that we prepare at this time of the year. Some foods boost your immune system so you won't "catch" a cold or the flu in the first place.
Native Americans have used the herb Echinacea for hundreds of years to treat colds, coughs, and sore throats and boosting the immune system. It is helpful in treating the early stages of upper respiratory tract infections. Some other herbal remedies used to fight colds include slippery elm, wild cherry bark, honey and lemon, fenugreek, cayenne, elderberry, and licorice to name a few.
Have a joyous holiday germ-free hopefully. Nature prepares for the long winter ahead. Many people make feeding places for birds and squirrels. The latter part of December has long been a holiday season. Christians celebrate it as the birthday of Jesus Christ, and its color and good feeling shed a glow of good will over the rest of the month.
I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.
__Henry Wadsworth Longfellow