If you are already in the thick of the germy cold season like we are in our house, then today’s post is timely. I am currently trying to get everyone in my house well, and I thought I would share a few ways I try to keep my family healthy and boost our immune systems in case you are in the same boat. It had been so warm here that germ season snuck up on me and I hadn’t been preparing us as much as I should have. And now we all have colds and I’m suffering through a sinus infection. So here’s what I’m doing now and will be doing until germ season is gone, to help us battle the cold and virus season.
When someone in the family is coming down with something, I immediately start diffusing essential oils to help build up our immune systems. I’ve tried Thieves (there’s a much more affordable and highly reviewed version here as well but I’ve never tried it), OnGuard, and Defender. I prefer Thieves to OnGuard personally, but since I discovered Simply Earth oils, Defender has been my go-to and I’m loving it! I diffuse 5-7 drops of whatever immunity boosting blend I have on hand in the living room and at night in the bedrooms until everyone is well (I use the low end for little ones and a little more in my bedroom). I also make roller bottles with the oil and fractionated coconut oil and roll along the spine and on the bottoms of feet. I even starting rolling it on Charlie’s feet before I put his socks on in the morning and sent him to school. (see below for detailed instructions on how to make your own rollers).
A few other Essential Oils that are good for boosting the immune system: Oregano, Clove, Frankincense, Myrrh, Just be sure to dilute properly and oils like Oregano sparingly, as it is a “hot” oil and can be quite strong. Do your research and talk to your doctor.
If you need guidance on how to make Essential Oil Rollers, follow this tutorial:
What you need:
- Glass roll on bottles
- Essential oil of choice (for immunity boost rollers I use Defender, for sleep/relaxation I use Sleep, etc.)
- Fractionated coconut oil (different from culinary coconut oil)
How to make it:
- Remove the roll on top from your glass bottle.
- Add 15-20 drops of essential oil to your bottle.
- Top with fractionated coconut oil, filling the bottle halfway.
- Put roll on top back on, pressing down to ensure it clicks and is secure.
For a good reference on diluting essential oils safely, go here.
What Oils I Choose and Why
Without getting into a bunch of rumor or negative claims about any essential oil companies (it exists and can be found with a simple google search if you are interested) let me just say that there are a few things about a couple of essential oil brands that give me pause. I have tried and used some of their oils, however. But then I discovered Simply Earth, and I gave them a try and haven’t looked back. I love that their oils are 100% pure, farmed ethically and responsibly, distilled properly, 3rd party tested to ensure purity, and packaged and stored properly. Also, their oils are reasonably priced for the quality (much more afforable than those other brands I was talking about). The oils work great, smell great, and are packaged beautifully. And the company donates 13% of profits to fight human trafficking, which I think is fantastic and I am always happy to support with a purchase. I’m saying this only because I know I’m going to be asked what oils I use or why I choose these over other popular brands. I think you need to try oils out and do your research and choose what works best for you and what you feel good about. This is a company I feel good about. They also have a wonderful subscription box service that I love for discovering new uses and recipes for using essential oils, plus the value of what is in the box itself is much higher than the monthly subscription.
Probiotics have many health benefits and one is that they can help boost the immune system. By helping to keep your gut healthy and inflammation in check, they also help ensure that your immune system functions well. When your body is dealing with inflammation, it can be more susceptible to allergies, viruses, and infections. So taking a daily probiotic can help keep those things at bay. I give my kids this multivitamin that has probiotic included because they think it is candy and will happily gobble it up. We also eat greek yogurt, my kids love Kefir milk in the morning with breakfast.
Because we don’t get our typical levels of Vitamin D sun exposure in colder months, we all take a Vitamin D supplement (my pediatrician advised 1000 for my oldest son and 2000 for the adults). My husband and I take this supplement and the kids get theirs from their multivitamin. Vitamin D is important for many reasons, but a Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with increased autoimmunity and increased susceptibility to infection. I have an autoimmune disorder (Hashimoto’s) and anxiety, so Vitamin D is key for me.
Some herbs have antibacterial and anti-viral properties and I try to incorporate some of them into our routine, either through the use of essential oils as I described above, or in the form of supplements. You can drink Turmeric Tea or add Elderberry Syrup to your breakfast. I give this Elderberry Syrup Supplement to my kids. You can even put oregano and garlic in your food more frequently to add anti-viral herbs to your diet.
I only recently started splurging on Manuka Honey after being on the fence about trying it for years. But after hearing and reading so many rave reviews and benefits, I finally decided to eat the cost and give it a try. I’m so glad I did. It really does have many health benefits and help ease coughs and colds. I found this one online that is actually highly rated (make sure you buy one that has a UMF rating), well reviewed, and more affordable.
As always, please consult your physician if you have any health issues and try this at your own risk. This post should not be used to diagnose a medical condition, or replace your health care provider. However, I do hope to inspire you to become healthier, more self-sufficient, and more aware of alternative options. I hope to aid you in your own personal research and study.
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