This year’s cold and flu season have really taken a huge toll on me. I’m finding myself very vulnerable to illness this winter, and maybe it’s got to do with having a newborn. We are just healing back from a very tough bout with a nasty virus. I’ve got some excellent tips to help your immune system if you’re going through something similar. These five tips will help you and your family bounce back to health during flu season.
Before I dive into the tips, I’d like to mention that when we get sick, I do everything in my power to avoid conventional medication. I am a strong advocate for aiding the natural immune system to heal from within. So before I “treat” my sick child, I will cut off all sugars and processed foods so that the body can absorb all the amazing nutrients from the healing foods and supplements.
I have listed what I have found works for my family. It’s not about “does it work” because nothing is a magic pill. It is about finding the right ingredients with the right healing properties and giving it time so that our bodies can recover. Please do not make the mistake of thinking one herbal tincture will solve all flu symptoms overnight the way a course of antibiotics would.
You will see that a lot of the things I use “aid the immune system”, or make it stronger. This just means that the immune system, the powerhouse that fights off antigens, becomes healthier and more fit to defend your body against viruses and bacteria.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I am simply a mom who has done her research and has seen improvement from following a more gentle and natural approach to health. For a list of my sources, check out the bottom of this article. I am wishing you all the best in health!
It’s an age old recommendation for when we are sick for very good reason! Broth is full of great minerals and collagen, which help to boost the immune system. It helps with reducing inflammation in the body and improves digestion as well. Plus, it’s very easy to digest and it’s one thing my family will never say no to when they are not feeling well. Check out my super easy homemade chicken broth recipe to make your own asap.
I plan to write more in detail about why my family loves essential oils. Let me just start off by saying, if you can condense the naturally occurring beneficial oils of a plant and use them to heal, what’s not to love? A great brand I trust for quality and find affordable is Plant Therapy. I love using Plant Therapy’s Kid Safe line because I don’t have to worry about whether it is safe to use on my little kids or not. All the plants used in the kid safe ones are meant to be gentle and safe on children. The Kid Safe kit includes two great ones for the flu season (Sniffle Stopper and Germ Destroyer), both of which I use day and night to fight stuffy noses, chest congestion, and protection from germs.
Oils I like to diffuse during flu season are “germ fighter” blend from PT as well as eucalyptus, clove, frankincense, and lemon essential oils. These essential oils aid in fighting viruses, helping breathing and congestion, or have anti-bacterial properties to clean the air from lingering germs.
Herbal Tinctures and Teas
My top herbs and teas are usually made from everyday ingredients, believe it or not. Cloves, cinnamon, ginger, raw honey, fresh lemon, raw garlic, and turmeric are ingredients I always have in my kitchen for both cooking and conjuring up tinctures.
No matter what sickness we battle in our household, this healing spiced ginger and honey tea is always ready for us to sip throughout the day. I kid you not, it makes a world of a difference with even one cup.
I take a teaspoon of crushed raw garlic, turmeric, and raw honey for antibacterial benefits to avoid an illness turning into an stubborn infection.
We also love ready made organic tea and herbal blends to steep in hot water like this Throat Coat blend for coughs and sore throats. Another one I found extremely beneficial with the onset of any sickness is this Echinacea Plus seasonal tea which has echinacea, an herb to boost and improve immune function.
For my little one, I buy immune boosting drops, such as these Children’s Immunity Booster Drops. I love these blends because I can just give one dropper full (in some fresh orange juice) instead of individual herbs and ingredients. This tincture linked includes echinacea, grape root, yarrow root, and ginger root extracts, all wonderful for supporting the immune system.
I take these individual supplements on a regular basis but I do tend to increase the amount I take when I am not feeling too great. Vitamins D and C are both excellent in aiding the immune system so that when sickness does come calling, our bodies are better fitted to fight it off. Basically, it means shorter recovery time. We like to take Vitamin D through drops and Vitamin C through a powder that I mix in some water. Vitamin C is also found in high amounts in fresh fruits and veggies like broccoli, lemon, orange, strawberries, kale, and papayas.
I also tend to take a shot of apple cider vinegar with the onset of any sore throat or cold (1 tsp in 1/4 cup filtered water). Gargling with ACV is also amazing because it really soothes a sore throat (2-3 tsp in 1/2 cup warm water).
Finally, elderberry syrup is an excellent (and increasingly popular) natural supplement many people like to take to get better sooner. Elderberry is shown to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant properties as well as help the immune system.
I hope these tips and suggestions help you to improve your immune system and to get better faster next time a cold or virus hits. Again, if you are unsure about any of these suggestions please do your own research and definitely consult a physician if you’re pregnant or nursing!
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PS. Thanks mom for letting me borrow your home decor and china for this photoshoot 🙂