Dear Mrs. R – 3 Amazing Cold & Flu Tips That Actually Work!

August 26, 2016

3 Amazing Cold and Flu Tips

An Advice Series for Women of All Ages

I am so excited to bring you another installment of Dear Mrs. R. I truly value all of my readers and your support has been amazing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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 This week I have chosen a question from Kaitlyn A. Kaitlyn asks:

Dear Mrs. R, I wanted to shoot you a quick email to get your opinion. As you know, Fall is right around the corner and I’m starting to get concerned about the flu season. Last year my family suffered with 3 bouts of this nastiness and I wanted to know what can I do now to help avoid the pile of doctor bills and make sure my family stays well. I have two kids 10 and 11 and of course my husband and myself. My husband works outside in the Winter and is very prone to getting sick. And you know what that means he gets sick and so do the rest of us. I really don’t want to see them suffer this year like they did last year. My husband refuses to get a flu shot and I agree with him. Is there something we can start now to help build our system up? What do you do to keep your family safe? I hope you can help me out here … I’m already feeling a little anxious about it. Thanks for taking your time to read my email and I look forward to your suggestions!

Before I continue I would love it if you took a look at my Health & Wellness Disclaimer at the bottom of this post.

Dear Mrs. R An Advice Column for Women of All AgesDear Kaitlyn:

Dear Kaitlyn, I’m so sorry to hear your family had such a tough time last Winter. It always breaks my heart to see my family come down with something miserable. I always wish I could just wave a magic wand and make them whole again. I’m sure you feel the same way too.

Your question did come in at a good time. This is the time of year that I start preparing for those sniffles, chills and fevers. We have been pretty lucky in the past and neither of us have been sick in years! <Knocking on wood as I speak here :)>. Also, I have to agree with you about the flu shots. Mr. R and I both refuse to get one. In fact, we have never received one in our lives. However, that is my personal opinion and I will not elaborate on it due to the controversy it may bring. That is our own personal opinion.

My number 1 suggestion is to begin eating a healthy whole food diet, if you’re not doing so already. There are a ton of easy, healthy recipes here on my blog to help you with meal planning. To me, that’s first and foremost. Our bodies need to be nourished with the healing gifts given by our Creator. That is how our bodies were made. Now on to the fun stuff, well, I think it’s fun lol.

There are three things in my Winter medicine cabinet, i.e. refrigerator. First up is Essential Oil of Oregano. It does look a bit pricey but please do not scrimp. Make sure you purchase an organic, undiluted, therapeutic grade anything other is cut with other oils such as sunflower, soy etc. and you will not be receiving the full benefits this powerhouse of an essential oil contains.

Here are a few of the benefits of Essential Oil of Oregano:

  • Antiviral,
  • Antibacterial,
  • Antifungal,
  • Antiparasitic,
  • Antioxidant,
  • Anti-inflammatory,
  • Aides the Digestive System,
  • Eemenagogue and
  • Anti-allergenic


  • Provides protection against viral, bacterial and fungal infections
  • Soothes many types of inflammation
  • Protects against cancer and macular degeneration
  • Relieves allergy symptoms
  • Prevents and treats symptoms of respiratory ailments
  • Reduces symptoms of oncoming menopause
  • It’s a powerful pain killer

In my opinion, no home should ever be without it! My next suggestion is a Tonic that my Great-Grandmother used to make. My Great-Grandmother was an amazing person and taught me everything I know about herbal remedies. She had her own herb garden and distilled all of her own essential oils and a few other things she wouldn’t elaborate on lol. She never took any kind of medicine prescribed by her doctor and lived to be 102 years old. I was very fortunate to receive her black book of remedies after she had passed. She taught me so much and was an amazing woman I had the pleasure of spending time with. She was also a wise enough woman to know if we were fibbing about being ill. This Tonic is not for the faint of heart and when she would go get her Tonic bottle you either ran or begged for it. If you ran, she knew you were fibbing lol.

My Grandmother, on the other hand, used to make a Black Elderberry Syrup which you can now purchase on the market. However, it’s pretty pricey for a Winter’s worth of doses. She was funny about my Great-Grandmother’s Tonic too and came up with a much more palatable option lol. Those two silly women remind me of the Aunts in the movie Practical Magic lol. Well, that’s my gypsy heritage for you!

Here’s a run down of the Health Benefits of Black Elderberry Syrup:

Black Elderberries (sambucus nigra) are naturally high in immunity boosting compounds. They are filled with high levels of antioxidants such as A, B and C which boost the immune system and speed the recovery of viral infections such as the flu.

Kaitlyn, there you have it! My arsenal for combating the illnesses that Winter brings us. I have attached my Grandmothers’ recipes for both to this email. If you have any questions as to their preparation, please do not hesitate to email me with any questions! I’m always happy to help! xxoo

If you are interested in receiving my Grandmothers’ Herbal Recipes for Cold & Flu Season just click on the photo below! I’m always happy to share the love!

Download 2 Essential Herbal Recipes to Beat Cold & Flu Season.

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