Two books I am studying have helped me immensely as I grow in this area:
For boosting immunity during cold/flu season:
- Get plenty of vitamin D. We try to get out in the sun every single day, even if it's cold.
- Limit sugar. If a recipe calls for white sugar, we substitute coconut sugar or maple syrup instead.
- Get plenty of sleep. My husband and I do our best to sleep 8 hours each night, and the kids get 10-12 hours of sleep per night, plus an afternoon nap for our little boys.
- Focus our diet on whole, healing foods rich in vitamin C.
- Take homemade elderberry syrup. Here's the recipe I use: Homemade Elderberry Syrup. We each take this alongside our vitamins each morning or add it to a smoothie during cold/flu season.
- Hydrate. We drink lots of herbal tea in the winter.
Vitamins I take every day:
Because I have Celiac disease, I've found that liquid vitamins settle much better on my stomach. You may be feel the same, even without Celiac. I put them all in a medicine cup and drink it together each morning.
- Mary Ruth's Liquid Multivitamin
- Mary Ruth's Ionic Liquid Zinc Drops: For immunity. Especially important during cold/flu season.
- Mary Ruth's Liquid Probiotics: A healthy gut is paramount to immunity!
- Mary Ruth's Women's Wellness Liquid Drops: I've seen a marked difference in my hormonal balance since using these consistently. Less mood swings and hormonal symptoms throughout the month.
- Beef organ supplements: I use this as a natural iron supplement.
When the adults have allergies:
When the adults have a cold or flu:
- Oscillococcinum: I have used this during the flu and during Covid to help with body aches and fever.
- Oreganol drops: I dilute these in orange juice as they are quite potent.
- Wellness Herbal Resistance Liquid: If I feel the hint of a sore throat or cold coming on, I add this to my daily vitamin regimen as an extra boost.
- Propolis Tincture: We actually purchased our propolis at a farmer's market. We add it to orange juice at the beginning stages of a cold. Bee propolis is a powerful immunity booster.
- Cold Crush by Genexa: We take this if we have a full blown cold to help manage symptoms.
For food poisoning or upset stomach:
Vitamins the kids take every day:
When the kids have a cough:
When the kids have a high fever:
When the kids have a tummy ache:
- Upset Tummy Popsicles: This is a first resort, filled with ginger and peppermint and soothing ingredients. I keep a stash of these in our freezer.
- Digestzen Essential Oil Roller: Roll in a clockwise direction on the belly to help with bloating and pain.
- Genexa Kids' Tummy Relief: This is mostly for indigestion, but has really helped my children if they have crampy tummy pain.
For general pain or muscle aches:
- Arnica Pain Tablets: These are homeopathic and helps with pain and swelling.
- Arnica Topical Pain Relief Gel: If one of our kids has had a fall or gotten bruised, we rub a little of this on the tender spot. It also helps with muscle soreness or stiffness.
- Dr. Teal's Hemp Seed Oil Epson Salt Bath: This is such a soothing bath, and I've even used it for body aches during a high fever with success.
For earaches/suspected ear infections:
- Badger Headache Soother Stick: If I don't have this on hand, I add a drop of lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus essential oil to a teaspoon of jojoba or coconut oil, rub on temples, back of neck, and chest, then cup your hands and breathe in for a few moments.
- Pain Potion by Earthley: This is pretty potent when you put it under the tongue, but soothes headaches and general pain.
For feelings of anxiety:
For cuts/scrapes/minor burns:
For sleep support:
- Sleepy Time Herbal Extract by Earthley: This tastes delicious and helps kids and adults get restful sleep.