It’s that time of year…
I always intend to use these immunity boosters year round, but for some reason when Fall hits is when I really start to use them on a more regular basis. I guess it’s because Charlotte’s back in school and exposed to extra germs, and we all tend to get more colds during the Fall and Winter.
Here are some of the things I use to keep our family as healthy as possible during cold season:
Elderberry Syrup-I make a batch of Elderberry Syrup every month and the kids and I take a Tablespoon of it every day for cold and flu prevention. If you do get sick, you can take 1 teaspoon every 2-3 hours to help speed recovery. It’s super easy to make, and you can buy dried elderberries at your local health food store or at Mountain Rose Herbs. You can also buy elderberry syrup pre-made if you don’t want to make it yourself.
On Guard-I’ve talked before about using essential oils to boost immunity. But by far, one of my favorites is On Guard. It contains Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary and it smells a bit like Christmas. It can be used as prevention or as soon as you feel a cold coming on. This blend can be taken internally by putting a couple drops in water or in an empty capsule. For my kids, I rub some diluted On Guard on the soles of their feet. A few drops can also be added to a couple ounces of distilled water in a spray bottle and used to clean doorknobs, telephones, or anything that comes in contact with everyone’s hands on a regular basis.
Propolis Plus (for the kids)/Anti-Plague (adults)- Both from Vickie Sorensen’s Nature Works, these glycerin extractions help provide immunity as well as help us get over colds more quickly. The Anti-Plague isn’t the best tasting stuff out there, but there were several times last Winter when the entire family came down with a cold, and I never got it because I was diligent about taking my Anti-Plague. The Propolis Plus is formulated especially for kids and tastes sweet, so the kids love it. Both of these are a bit pricey, so I use them only when I feel like I’m starting to get sick, or if someone in the family is sick and I don’t want the rest of us to catch it.
Garlic-This is a well known remedy, because it works so well. If I’m feeling a cold coming on, I will crush up some garlic and mix it with honey on toast. If you can stand to eat it straight, that works great too. Using garlic in your cooking throughout cold season is a great way to build immunity as well. Here are some recipes that are heavy on the garlic:
Seriously Healing Garlic-Thyme Chicken Soup from Nourishing Days
Cold Kicker from Keeper of the Home
Four Thieves Vinegar from Nourished Kitchen–This is on my list of things to make…and could even be given as a gift.
And if you don’t want to eat it, you can try a Garlic Foot Bath. (I haven’t tried this one yet, but definitely want to!)
What are some tried and true immunity boosters you use to ward of sickness during the cold season?
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