Getting sick is never anyones idea of fun! Today I want to share with you some of the simpler things we do in our home to support our immune system naturally.
I am sharing these things with you in an effort to help you avoid getting a bug this germ season and/or to shorten the duration of a cold or bug should you get one. This post is meant to serve as a reference for you to build on and to customize your own routine for your family.
Disclaimer, I am not (obviously) a doctor. My suggestions are simply those that we use in our own home and should never be taken as medical advice. I am so glad we got that out of the way so we can move on to the fun stuff, my tips!
Elderberry is a powerful way to fight cold and flu symptoms, but it is also a great way to boost the immune system and reduce inflammation. Other benefits are naturally treating sinus infection, allergies, and elderberries may prevent cancer due to their high antioxidant power.
You can make your own elderberry syrup in the Instant Pot or Stovetop. Here is a post I shared. I also sell Elderberry DIY kits! You can purchase a kit that has the ingredients you need to make elderberry syrup at home, you just add the honey. Here is the page about my elderberry kits!
Immune Support Drops
I love Kids Immune Shield support drops for both myself and my son. You just add drops to water (dosage is by weight) and you can drink it or take them directly. Here is a link for the Immune Shield with a $50 off $75 order coupon attached.
Fire cider is a combination of medicinal foods and herbs that are combined to create a tonic. The tonic can be used to boost the immune system and it can also be used to shorten the duration of a cold or bug.
The foods that we know in our culture to be healing foods, especially during an illness, like garlic, onion, and citrus, are infused in to raw apple cider vinegar. The infusion becomes a powerful immune supporting, anti-bacterial, decongestant, anti-inflammatory, and circulation + digestion boosting drink.
Here is a recipe for fire cider so you can make your own. If you are intrigued and considering making your own, I encourage you to jump all in and make your own ASAP since it does need to sit for a couple weeks before use.
Garlic, especially raw garlic, is one of my favorite ways to boost my immune system. Garlic helps stimulate the production of white blood cells, which helps your body respond to and address bacteria and viruses. Garlic, like onion, has allicin which helps stimulate the immune system. Raw garlic is best to consume, as when it is cooked the allicin is cooked down.
You can use raw garlic in salad dressings or add it to pasta dishes after your sauce is cooked and warm. If you feel like you caught someone’s cooties, you can make a garlic tea using garlic and warm water. Add herbs and a little salt and it makes a savory sipping broth.
Vitamin C is powerful at helping support the immune system. I am not talking Emergen-C effervescent packets (usually make with GMO corn and sugars), I am talking vitamin C from nature.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps repair cells, heal the body, and repairs/maintains cartilage.
Foods high in vitamin c include: Guava, sweet red peppers, oranges, green pepper, kiwi fruit, strawberries, and broccoli.
You might also consider choosing a vitamin c supplement that uses whole ingredients, instead of synthetic vitamin c. C from Nature is my favorite and it includes Amla, Acerola Cherry, Camu Camu, Rosehips, Citrus Bioflavonoids. Here is a link that includes a coupon for $50 off $75 or more purchase.
We talked a little bit earlier about elderberry syrup and how powerful it is as a immune boosting tool. You can use the elderberry syrup to make your own elderberry gummies. My recipe here also includes sour tart cherry juice, which is another excellent source of nutrients.
Germ Fighter and Immune Boom
I use essential oils in our home as a way to naturally scent our home. Not only do they have the benefit of helping our home smell good, they also have other benefits for our family.
I use Plant Therapy Germ Fighter and Kids Immune Boom, especially during the winter months. Equivelents of these if you are looking to purchase from a Momma who sells essential oils is Young Living’s Theives or DoTerra On Guard.
I diffuse them both using a water diffuser or I also have wall plugin for wax melts. I put a little bit of coconut oil in the top with a couple drops of oil. This is great for small spaces like bathrooms. You could also put a drop on the inside of the toilet paper roll for scents.
**please note: not all essential oils are safe for children. Please research oils safety + the age of your children or pets.**
Natural Cold Remedies Tool Kit
I have shared the foods that boost your immune system, but what about when you happen to catch someone’s germs? Even more important, what about when your little one catches a germ?
I have put together a complete tool kit for how I handle when my toddler gets sick in our home.
I hope you found this post helpful today and that you will refer back to it often. If you are looking to order an elderberry kit, other supplements I recommend, or have questions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.