It was a GIF, a cartoon image file, that introduced me to the coronavirus earlier in January 2020. How easily one could get lost in the humor with the coronavirus linked with lime juice and salt.
This brand named alcoholic beverage gets free marketing and probably new customers for every day that passes. Especially now that these laughs and giggles have turned topsy turvy and, have since then, evolved into petrifying panic for many.
The undertone of fear currently resides in the background noise when I speak to clients, friends, and even family.
“So what do YOU think about the coronavirus?” they ask.
Of course, my response stays pretty neutral. My reaction is more important than the actual information, I find most of the time. The only thing worse than a virus spreading, is fear. Fear spreads infinitely faster and can do much more damage. I actually prefer talking about the previous “C” word, cancer, more than I do this current “C.”
Although notice how that’s now changed to “COVID-19.” GIFs will be challenged now.
The reality of the COVID-19 effects is beginning to solidify. This week, the Natural Products Expo West postponed their annual celebration of vendors and buyers of products that exemplify our wellbeing. Many vendors canceled last minute while buyers like Whole Foods and other well-knowns cut themselves out of this health gala prior to the postponement.
Stores are getting bombarded by customers wanting to stock up and even one of my favorites, Costco, is out of water for purchase. (Check the Costco nearest you).
More and more of this fear is infusing itself in our words, our actions, and our communities. So what can we do?
First, educate yourself. Do you really know what COVID-19 is? Watch a short 2 minute description HERE.
Next, prepare yourself. If you feel you’d be at risk of getting this virus, what are some measures you could take to protect you and your family?
Some of the best steps are the easiest:
- Wash your hands.
- Use your hand to cover your mouth if you have to cough or sneeze.
- Practice daily hygiene.
Remember, we’ve experienced viruses before. If you’ve ever had the flu or whooping cough, or pneumonia, you are already an expert in how to handle it. Stay home if you feel drained or ill. Seek medical attention if your symptoms worsen or if you have difficulty breathing.
If you want to take your protection to the next level, I would recommend putting together an emergency kit. Mind you, this kit is multi-functional and would do well in ANY emergency: hiking injury, earthquake, wounds…let’s just say it’s always good to have a back up plan in case you need assistance.
Meet your TEAM PLAYERS for any emergency:
Team Player Red Marine Algae:
There are a countless number of supplements out there to boost the immune system. Red Marine Algae is the top notch when it comes to combatting viruses, boost weakened immune systems (& interferon levels), and repair cells damaged by free radicals.
Team Player Colloidal Silver:
Anti-bacterial, anti-viral, immune-boosting silver molecules infused in distilled water that you can use internally and externally to combat infections. You can even use colloidal silver for eye infections and open wounds. Pour in a glass spray bottle to disinfect door knobs and countertops, or in a nasal spray container or nebulizer to safeguard your sinuses and lungs. You can also pour in a glass dropper bottle and use as ear drops…where viruses tend to begin their journey.
Team Player Thieves Oil:
An essential oil blend used in the 1300’s by individuals who robbed those dying from the plague. Yes, the story is bitter sweet, but if thieves can survive a plague using essential oils, what does that say about the power of botanicals? The main ingredients are Rosemary, Lemon, Eucalyptus, Cinnamon, and Clove essential oils. Many essential oil brands carry different versions of this blend. You’ll know for certain if these FIVE are listed in the label of ingredients.
With this blend, you can add 12 drops to distilled water in a 50 ml glass spray bottle and use as a natural hand sanitizer, put 6 – 10 drops in a diffuser to disinfect a room, or sprinkle a drop or two inside a mask if you want extra protection in a densely public area. For a recipe on how to make Thieves Oil, Oh! Homesteading has one you can easily follow. Be mindful of the contraindications listed toward the bottom of their page. This blend can burn skin if not properly used.
Team Players Saturated Fats & Omegas:
In an emergency where your food supply is next to nil, the most beneficial items to have are those that contain saturated fats and Omegas 3, 6, and 9 for cognitive function. The body’s ability to function at the basic level requires 70% of your nutrient intake. My top choices are coconut oil, nut butters, sardines or other canned fish, and chia seeds.
Team Player Life Straw®:
This straw is the go-to for most of my outdoor water emergencies. It “Filters up to 1000 liters of contaminated water without iodine, chlorine, or other chemicals; does not require batteries and has no moving parts.” Enough said.
Team Player Berkey Water Filter:
If you only have access to tap water, it’s best to use a water filter that will remove 99.999% pathogenic bacteria and 99.999% of viruses, inorganic minerals, heavy metals, micro-organisms like e. Coli, pharmaceutical drug contaminants, and pesticides. “The Black Berkey filters have been tested by several EPA-accredited laboratories including the Department of Toxicology and Environmental Science at Louisiana University, Spectrum Labs, and the University of Phoenix. This extensive testing confirmed that the Black Berkey Purification Elements far exceed EPA and ANSI/NSF (Std. 53) protocol.” Berkey water filters help you save money, are much better for the environment, and they have many sizes, even one for travel.
Team Player Solar Power Charger:
There are so many compact versions of solar chargers nowadays. These chargers can power up your tech, light up your pathway at night, find your direction, and take up very little space in your bag. The X-DRAGON is one I use, but I highly recommend you to find one that really resonates with you and your lifestyle.
Team Player Air Filter:
HEPA (High-efficiency particulate air) filters are most desirable because they trap minute, harmful particles like smoke, pollen, pet dander, pathogens, and microbial spores. Smaller sized filters make it easy to place inside your office or on top of your work desk.
Team Player First Aid Kit:
Bandages, wipes, dressings…all the necessities for when you’re hiking in the mountains or even walking to the grocery store and experience an accident. This kit is small enough to keep in your car and light enough to carry with you when you want to connect with nature and unplug. These kits can also be assembled by you with items customized to your needs. Use THIS ONE as an example.
And the most important of all….
Team Player Perspective:
This team player’s participation is up to you. Team Player Perspective can be your most dependable teammate or your weakest link.
If you perceive fear, you will only see fear. Fear cuts any connection to your common sense and encourages you to be in a helpless victimized state. Fear depletes your immune system and creates stagnation. No actions are taken when you’re in a constant state of fear.
When you perceive with power, that’s when you cut the fear cord and take matters in your own hands. You realize you can take action in any circumstance. You can prepare, you can take care of yourself and your family, you can influence the outcome by putting forth your hard work and energy.
You ACT instead of re-act.
This connection with your inner-fire will only strengthen your perception of hope and initiate the power that resides in EVERYONE.
This emergency team can be as many or as little team players as you’d like. By creating a plan of action, you are diffusing the static energy of fear tied to anything that comes across your path. You are more powerful than you think you are.
For more information about the coronavirus, COVID-19, visit the World Health Organization website for up-to-date stats and advice.
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