The other day I simply HAD to go to town, no way around it. My personal facebook page is chock full of locals talking about how everyone is sick with this or that, missing work and school, or going to work and school while sick, spreading the wealth.
While out and about, I tried to touch as little as possible, and I washed my hands as soon as I got home. Last night I realized that I was rewarded for my trouble with swollen glands and a sore throat. Time to do battle.
I can also drape a hot sock around my neck when my throat gets really sore.
Protecting yourself from germs, and fighting them when they do take hold, is an on-going battle. Using herbal medicine is a way of life, and it's rarely the quick fix that synthetic medicines offer. However, using food as medicine and avoiding chemicals whenever I can just makes sense to me.
And so, I will stay inside and drink my teas, and hope that my children will learn that most often, nature offers the best cures around.