It is that time of year again. Everywhere you turn you hear about the dangers of the flu season. There are debates all over the internet about whether to get the flu vaccine or not. And that isn't even considering all of the H1N1 debate.
Personally, we don't do flu shots. I had Influenza Type A when I was first pregnant with Libby and while it was the sickest I have ever been, it is very likely that had I had a shot, I would have gotten sick anyway. Instead, I choose to use natural remedies and good old preventative measures to keep us healthy.
I have long been a believer in and user of homeopathic remedies. I feel that it is a safe alternative and a great way to keep my family healthy. I use Chamomile for teething, Calms Forte for my anxious kiddos, Pulsatilla to turn a stubborn breech baby, Arnica for bruises and sore muscles...the list goes on and on.
Boiron was kind enough to send me three remedies to get ready for this cold and flu season.
Cold Calm Pellets - for treating the symptoms of the common cold
Children's Chestal - for those nasty coughs
Children’s Oscillococcinum - for flu symptoms including the fever, aches and pains that come with it.
Luckily my children are mostly healthy right now (except for the SUPER teething that one is going through), but I feel so much better knowing now that I have this at my disposal.
I think that medicine is great when you need it. I am also so glad that I have the option to treat my family in a more natural and less invasive way.
What about you? What do you do? Are you a hard core flu vaccine getter, or take more of a wait and see approach?
Remember, be kind and respect everyone's opinions, even if they are not similar to your own.