Cultivating Your Cootie Cloud

The idea of cleanliness has been drilled into us. Wash your hands! Don’t get sick! Sanitize everything!

I encourage you to buck the trend and get your cootie on! Don’t be afraid of getting sick–it’s actually kind of good for you. After all, there is a reason why children are always getting sick: their bodies are encountering new bacteria and learning how to fight them off. Their body is still learning, just as they are. Each little cold helps teach the body how to better handle the next one and if something formidable tries to infect the body, a well developed microbiome will give one better odds in the battle.

What is a microbiome, you ask? It is the genetic material found within an individual microbe such as a bacterium, fungal cell, or virus. It also refers to the bacteria of the intestines. The microbiome is the savvy ecosystem in your body that is not “you” but beneficial “guests” that live inside the big bag of cells your skin holds in. It plays such an important role that it  has been linked to internal detoxification, cell replication, immune function, and can even affect mental health! Good microbes can ward off the bad ones. Good microbes can make you brilliant. 😉 OK maybe not, but having that mindset..

When a baby is born vaginally, it gulps essential microbes as it leaves the birth canal seeding it’s gut flora. It gains more immunity through breast feeding as well as further building the microbiome. God put that system in place for more than bonding (which is crucial!). It is the essential beginning of getting the right microbial balance for that tiny person’s whole life.

An interesting thought is that for every one cell in your body there are 10 microbes!!! That’s right, your ecosystem is 10x bigger that your tissues!!

The more support you can give your microbiome, the better prepared it is for the bad cooties. Here is what I do at home: Wash my hands when they are sticky or have been elbow deep in raw chickeny kind of things. If my kids sneeze, I don’t race to the sink (Unless there is something visibly unpleasant about it). When I go out in public, I shake hands with people and hug them. I put my hands directly on the shopping carts. I do not use hand sanitizer. I let myself get cold. I let myself get hot. I eat good nourishing food and drink lots of good water.  If I get sick, I allow the fever and rest. And I am not angry with my body because IT IS WORKING! It means my immune system is doing exactly what it was designed to do. Applause and gratitude should always accompany a nap and a bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup. Your body has work to do but it is also LEARNING how to fight. Your attitude about what your body is handling can affect your recovery process as well!

Now, if you are going to take my advice, some common sense is necessary. Some illnesses cannot be fought by your body alone. Take care of yourself and always know when to see a doctor.

How to Fight the Flu Holistically

Credit: Anna Gutermuth

Flu season is officially beginning! I’m sure your local pharmacy is already plastered in signs advocating for the flu vaccine, and your kids might have been sent home from school with a notice to vaccinate. If you have spent any length of time browsing around this website you could probably guess that I am not a fan of the flu shot. To our family, it’s toxic soup and not on the menu…

Anyway, here are some tried and true techniques I use to help my non-vaccinated family make it through flu season. Even if you choose to get the shot, this advice will apply to you!


Allow yourself to be sick

If you feel yourself becoming sluggish and showing flu-like symptoms, don’t try to work through it. This can be a hard thing to do, especially for working moms, but admitting you’re sick is the first step, really! Pushing your body beyond its comfort level will just prolong the healing process and make you more miserable in the long run.


Eat well and drink LOTS of good water

This might not be as easy as you think it is. When you gets sick, it is very common to lose your appetite altogether. Getting enough fluids can be rough, too, especially if your body just wants to sleep all day. Even if you aren’t having your usual cravings for food and drinks, give your body what it needs to handle the flu. If it is low on fuel, it can’t run properly, and when you’re sick, your body is already on overdrive and needs the fuel more than ever. I don’t suggest you eat a steak because your body will not be digesting very well. It’s busy. But I do suggest eating easy to digest nourishing FOOD (not processed) that has been chewed until it is liquid. And if it’s broth, chew it too. Your saliva will seriously help your digestion when it is already at a weakened state.



Give your body a chance to heal. If that means going to sleep at 10am after getting your full eight hours the night before, then so be it! You’re feeling tired for a reason: your body needs to focus on bigger things than keeping you awake. Just remember the advice listed above and try to sneak in enough food and drink between naps.


Take Oscillococcinum

This is my favorite homeopathic flu remedy. It can minimize your flu symptoms and allow you to feel a little less awful while you heal. A little goes a long way–I use less than recommended on the bottle, and one lasts my family the whole flu season. Click here for more information about Oscillococcinum.

Get some sunshine

Even a little can help. It can help mood. It is the best source of vitamin D which has been shown to improve immune function. You don’t need to go tanning. On your arms and face will do, for about 10-20 minutes. Deeper skin tones may want to stay out a little longer than fairer skin toned people. I’m clear. So like 10 minutes and I’m good.


While you’re out getting your sun on, stick those bare feet in the grass! HERE is a great resource for grounding equipment if you’d like as well as a video. Do it. Even if it feels weird. I do it in purple polka dot pajamas at times. And that makes me smile.

Breathe Deeply

MANY times a day… put your tongue at the roof of your mouth right at your top teeth and close your mouth. Breathe in your nose for 4 seconds, hold for 7, and the blow out of your mouth for 8 seconds. This oxygenates the blood, brain and helps to release far more toxins than shallow breathing alone.


Experience love, humor, hope and friendship. It will remind you what you have to look forward to when you feel better. It also gives you endorphins that bless your immune system and take your body out of the scared mode it can get into when it gets sick.



I hope this helps! Stay in tune with your body and notice when you start slowing down. It can make the difference in how long you are down. Do you have any other tips for caring for a flu? Comment and let me know!