It’s getting colder!! We actually had a dusting of snow on the ground this week! If it’s going to be cold, it should be snowy, but I’m not sure I’m ready for it! Around here we usually don’t get real cold weather until December. Maybe those persimmons are right…cold is coming!
With the cold weather comes cold and flu season. No one wants to get stuck with the ickies! There are so many ways that you can arm yourself to guard against those germs that invade every year. I know I’ll be using many methods to boost our immune systems around here! Little man has not had so much as a diaper rash and I’d like to keep that record going.
Currently I am stocked with Elderberry Syrup, Honey Infused Garlic, and of course essential oils. If you haven’t read about my elderberry foraging adventures, you might want to check it out. I had a lot of fun with that one! I made an elderberry syrup recipe and it tastes really good. I even had a chance to test it one day. My throat started to get a little splintery feeling and so I took a tablespoon of elderberry syrup. Within a few hours the pain in my throat was gone! I don’t know that it would work that quickly for everyone, but I’m very pleased with the effectiveness of elderberry syrup.
I recently started contributing to Don’t Waste the Crumbs. (I’m super excited about it!) And the first thing I shared there was how to make Honey Infused Garlic. If you want the know how, go check it out. There are substantial immune boosting benefits to both honey and garlic. So, together it’s just a power house of wellness that is easy to put together and will really assist your body in warding off the sniffles.
I’ve used essential oils for quite some time now and have had much success with using them to boost my immune system. I shared about that last year in this post. doTERRA’s On Guard, protective blend, is my favorite for helping my body fight off bugs. If you prefer single oils or blending your own, Oregano, Melaleuca, Rosemary, and Frankincense are really effective at boosting your immune system.
If you are looking for some more ideas on how to make your own immune boosting remedies there are some great DIY recipes available. I collected a few that are easy to do and will greatly add to your winter arsenal.
- Cold and Flu Zapper: A mix of garlic, honey, and spices to help you beat the sniffles.
- Immune Boosting Salad Dressing: Increasing your vegetable intake greatly aids your body in wellness. This dressing includes excellent immune boosting ingredients.
- Herbal Tea: This tea utilizes a variety of immune boosting herbs to help strengthen your system.
- Elderberry Syrup: I’ve used a different recipe, but this one has some excellent ingredients.
- Elderberry Jam: I’ve written about Elderberries and their impressive nutrients. Here is another way to eat them besides making a syrup.
- Throat Spray and Hand Sanitizer: These two recipes utilize essential oils to help protect you from the bugs.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: ACV is great for overall wellness. Here are a few ideas on how to use it to boost your immune system.
- Cod Liver Oil: Here is another supplement that can help with overall health.
In case you do catch a winter bug
Our bodies are amazing at healing themselves, but sometimes they need a little help. Here are also some other steps to take when you do get sick to help your body fight off the bugs even faster.
I have found that using natural immune boosters and remedies is much more effective at fighting off ailments than other medicines. I am speaking from personal experience from many years of fighting colds using over the counter medicines and years of home remedies. It has always turned out better when I’ve used home remedies. Keep in mind, I am not a doctor so you should consider contacting your health professional before treating yourself.
Besides just these immune boosting remedies, it is also important to keep a good diet. Keeping yourself from eating too many processed foods and refined sugars will greatly increase your overall wellness. A well body can fight bugs off better than anything else. Our bodies were designed to keep themselves healthy!
What is your go-to Immune Booster?
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