Cold Season Immunity Boosters

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.

Bulb of Garlic
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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Comments

  1. Thanks for the include! That four thieves vinegar is lovely, lovely, lovely. I need to make another batch before the herb garden dies for winter.

  2. These are great Krissa!

    I am interested in trying the Propolis Plus and Anti-Plague. They sound very effective.

  3. I've not heard of On Guard before. I will definitely be checking it out. Great list! Thanks for linking up to Your Green Resource!

  4. Hey, these sound like some great winter season immune boosters! I've got the elder berry coming up in my next installment. (For folks who want to see my list of cold & flu preventative remedies, you can check it out here: http://www.wellnessthenaturalway.com/2011/09/prep

    I forgot about garlic foot baths. They are great – especially for kids who won't eat garlic. But that Propolis Plus sounds like a great formula. Propolis is another fantastic infection-fighter. I do swear by echinacea – which I'll talk about more in my next post. Thanks for some great ideas!

  5. We use an immune booster from sprouts/henrys with collodial silver at the first sign of getting sick. You take a shot of it and it takes like water but I swear if we take it right away, we don't end up getting sick. It's pretty awesome.

  6. we rely on Elderberry and colloidal silver here, as well as things that are adaptogens (to help the body deal with stress). We also eat a ton of homemade salsa in the fall/winter (spring and summer too as it turns out!) I can sneak in a lot of good stuff in our salsa–and garlic and onion are heavy hitters in the cold/flu months.
    I like to do epsom salt baths for our family and sometimes we add essential oils to those–as well as using them in burners (water/tealight candles) and on the skin/feet/back of neck/spine. I had to help our family through a wicked case of pertussis and in desperation turned to essential oils… a little late to really help my child avoid the worst of it, but still a counted blessing. And we do a LOT of lemon water and probiotics… as a preventative measure.
    I love the links you shared and am very excited. When we do get hit with the icky, I made a hard hitting soup that is soothing and helpful in aiding the immune system. And we rely on our neti pot/ saline rinse (sometimes I add a drop of an essential oil–but always sterilized water, baking soda, sea salt and sometimes xylitol)
    Drinking herbal teas keeps us healthy too… Lots of calm/downwind time and low key living. In the holiday season I remove as much stress from our life as possible and we simplify! I see poor moms who look so ragged and worn out and grouchy in the holiday season because they're pushing so hard to accomplish some kind of insane list and expectations. I stopped doing that years ago… we have fun but we're careful about how we spend our time and I'm deliberate about the choices we make.
    I'm a little excited about your blog, thus my novel-length comment! :)

    • krissajeldy says:

      Thank you so much for your comments! Love all that you shared here with the many ways you keep your family healthy…salsa during cold and flu season is a great idea! It's always a struggle to get raw garlic down, but I'm a huge fan of salsa any month of the year, so I'll have to remember that! I actually wrote a post about natural ways to managing holiday stress on Simple Homemade if you want to check it out: http://simplehomemade.net/managing-holiday-stress

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