Immunity Boosting Tips and Natural Remedies For Onset of Sickness

It’s officially November, and that means Winter is Coming! It also means runny noses, throat tickles, and other bugs that seem to come with the cooler weather. That’s why I’m sharing a list of supplements, foods and essential oils I recommend when you start feeling sick. Obviously, you don’t have to check EVERY item off the list, and some are for specific symptoms, so feel free to pick & choose!

Now, before we delve into this… I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I am no MD! I also don’t claim to know what’s best for YOU and YOUR family. This is just a taste of what works for me and mine 🙂

Vitamin C:

  • Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C Packets: I take 1 to 2 packets daily mixed with water (or drink of choice- I sometimes drink it with kombucha instead) when I feel sickness coming on.
    • Antiviral, boost the immune system and packed with antioxidants.
  • Thorne Buffered C Powder: another excellent Vitamin C source. Just add one scoop to your drink.
  • Try to eat foods rich in Vitamin C when you start feeling sick. Clemintines to snack on, broccoli, strawberries, etc.

Briar Rose Drops:

  • I LOVE these drops that my holistic pediatrician introduced me to. He recommends drops daily for the whole family during the fall/flu season. For adults, 50 drops daily (you can’t taste it at all- we just add it to water) and for Temple (9 months old) 5 drops daily.
  • When you are around someone sick or start feeling icky, you can up that dosage to 3x a day! Temple had a little fever last week (come to find out it was from teething), but I called our pediatrician’s nurse, and she told me to up Temple’s Briar Rose to 5 drops/3x a day.
  • I buy mine from our pediatrician or order from Amazon.

Oregano Oil:

  • Essential Oil Form: Dilute in a big glass of water. Just one drop, very strong!
  • Helps clear out sinuses and kills bacteria.
  • Wellness Pill Form:
    • Take 2 every 3 hours if sick
    • 2 daily when feeling a little under the weather

I do NOT take Advil/other drugs to reduce fever, and Temple does NOT take Tylenol:

  • Fevers help the body heal; it is a natural response to infection or illness! Fevers tell the immune system its time to do some work and fight off sickness.  Even a high fever is usually a sign that the immune system is doing what it needs to do.
  • Acetaminophen- this is the main ingredient in Tylenol. I am not going to dive into all the many reasons I stay away from this ingredient. But, if you’d like to learn more, then I HIGHLY RECOMMEND reading The Vaccine Friendly Plan where the author explains the many reasons you should reconsider giving your child Tylenol.
  • When a baby over four months has a fever, it’s a good sign of a healthy immune system doing its job. If the fever comes with signs of lethargy, trouble nursing, or unusual crying, then Baby should probably be seen by a doctor. When a baby is under two months with a temp of 100.6+, he/she should go to the doctor ASAP.
  • Rectal readings are more accurate for babies. I lubricate the thermometer with a little coconut oil and insert it only 1 centimeter (half an inch).
  • Again, I am not a doctor nor do I claim to know everything. Just a mama doing what I think is best based upon my research. Talk to your doctor to decide what is best for you and do your research on the pros/cons. No one can make these health decisions for you.
  • Other Natural Fever reducers:
    • Add a drop or two of Lavender EO (essential oil) to a cool washcloth, and place on your baby’s head to relieve fever and headaches.
    • Epsom Salt bath (more on that below)
    • Curcumin Capsules– natural Advil! The active ingredient is turmeric, and it’s great for aches and pains.

CongaPlex:

  • CongaPlex: If the immune system is in middle of fighting sickness, take 4-6, 3-4x daily
  • Not feeling 100% but not sick- take 4-6, 2x daily
  • Around someone who has been sick- take 6 once daily to help boost immunity

Gaia Quick Defense:

  • Similar to CongaPlex. I take 2 capsules of Quick Defense 4-5 times a day at onset of sickness to support the immune system.

Elderberry Syrup:

  • Wellness Mama has a great homemade recipe that is super easy to make and saves you $$!
  • Great for cold, bacterial infection and the immune system. Contains Vitamin A, C, B and is rich in antioxidants.
  • I try to take 1-2 tbsp of this daily during flu season, but I won’t give it to Temple until she is at least one. But, for those with older kiddos, I recommend Joy Springs Kids brand.

Probiotics:

  • SO important to take these daily for digestion and gut health, but extra important when feeling ill.  This is the brand I currently take, and I recommend this one for babies. I give Temple one scoop daily and usually add it to her food.
  • I also recommend eating a probiotic-rich diet. Kombucha, apple cider vinegar, kraut, kerif, etc.!

Colloidal Silver:

  • I like Sovereign Silver brand. I love using their nose spray when I have nasal congestion.

Fish Oil/Cod Liver Oil:

Vitamin D:

  • This is a great brand. I recommend supplementing with Vitamin D daily, but especially during winter when we aren’t out in the sun getting the natural Vitamin D we need. THIS IS SUPER IMPORTANT!
  • Temple takes Nordic Naturals. Dosage is on the back of the packaging and is measured according to weight. My pediatrician stresses how important this is daily during flu season.
  • NATURAL VITAMIN D-Try to get out in the sun or take a 20-minute walk! That sun exposure is so important. I like to take long big breaths and relax outside when I’m sick. Try reading a book or taking a nap on your patio, unless it’s freezing of course!!

Magnesium:

  • I take two of these nightly as part of my regular supplement plan to help me sleep and my relax muscles. It’s also great for constipation/digestion.
  • When feeling ill, magnesium helps relax your nervous system, allowing your immune system to do its job fighting off viruses or bacteria!

Flew Away:

  • I take 2-3x a day FlewAway when I feel any flu-like symptoms. My naturopath gave me this when I was sick during my pregnancy, and I really think it’s helpful!

S-Clear:

  • Spray S-Clear 2 times in the back of the throat when it’s sore. Super minty and seems to help relieve a sore throat and kill bacteria.

ReHydration:

  • Rehydration is great from dehydration prevention. Can use for kiddos too. Just add drops to water, coconut water, etc.

Bath Additions:

  • Hygiene Bath: fill bath halfway with warm water. Add 1 cup Epsom salt and 1 tbsp Iodine. Soak for at least 10 minutes. This is great when kiddos have a fever!
  • Pursoma Hot Tube Bath: This is pricier but great to have on hand for a little TLC when sick. It helps relieve cold and flu symptoms and decongestion. Make sure to drink lots of water before/after you soak- it’s detoxifying. Don’t use on kids or babies. Pursoma makes a lot of different bath soaks for different needs- they would make a great gift! Super high quality, organic ingredients.

Essential Oils:

  • Oregano
    • Rub a few drops on your gums to fight infection.
    • Diffuse 2 drops with 4 drops of Thieves to remove germs from air.
    • Dilute in a big glass of water and drink up. Just one drop, very strong!
  • Peppermint
    • Great for lowering fever. My pediatrician recommends me to add 1 drop to a roller bottle with fractionated coconut oil and rub it down baby’s spine when they have a fever. For adults, rub the peppermint EO directly on the spine without diluting.
  • YL Thieves or Doterra OnGuard (they do the same thing IMO)
    • You can use one of these in a diffuser- for adults and kids. I love diffusing this in Temple and our room this time of year.
    • Adults can add four or five drops of the oil to a pot of boiled water. Cover your head with a towel while carefully leaning over the liquid and breathing in the steam.
    • Apply to wrist and bottom of feet. Dilute with fractionated coconut oil for babies and kids.
    • Adults- add a few drops of oil to the water as you run your bath for a soothing, relaxing effect.
    • Adults- mix one drop with 1 tbsp water, gargle and swallow for a sore throat.
    • Adults and kids can apply 2 drops with fractionated coconut oil to upper chest and throat for chest congestion.
    • For baby, I add 3 drops to a roller bottle and fill the rest with fractionated coconut oil. I roll this on her feet every night during flu season before bedtime.

Tongue Scraping:

  • Tongue scraping helps remove toxins and bacteria from the tongue. Bonus- great for preventing bad breath!

Vapor Chest Rub:

  • Rub this vapor jel on the chest when congested. Make sure to skip petroleum always, especially while sick!

Garlic Oil:

  • I use this in my ears when I feel any signs of an earache. Can do 1 drop in kids ears- talk with your pediatrician first to make sure this is okay for your child.

Thieves Spray:

  • Thieves cleaner – Buy the concentrate and then fill it according to the ratio on the back in your squirt bottle. I use this amber glass bottle. I usually just use one cap-full of concentrate and fill the rest with filtered water.
  • I use this to spray Temple’s toys a few times a week before I go to bed and let them air dry overnight.
  • I also spray all our door handles a few days a week during flu season!

Go See Your Chiropractor:

  • We get adjusted every 2-3 weeks, but if any of us feel sick we make an appointment asap!
  • You want to make sure your nervous system is functioning without interference.
  • We see Dr. Nicole Jackson at Venn Chiropractic. She specializes in pregnant mamas and babies-We absolutely love her!
  • I also recommend Dr. Courtney Kahla at Free To Be Chiropractic in Addison.

Wash Your Hands and Use Hand Sanitizer:

Read My Natural Cleaning Products blog post to see all the nontoxic brands I recommend for hand soap and hand sanitizer.

I especially recommend Thieves Spray- I always keep this in my diaper bag. Spray then wipe tables at restaurants or seats on planes! It’s pretty much a mini all-purpose cleaner.

Food/Drinks:

  • Water- Hydration is #1!
  • Coconut Water- My favorite brand is Harmless Harvest.
  • Bone Broth- I love making my own and recommend following my sister’s recipe if you’ve never made bone broth. If I can’t make my own, then I buy Bonefide Provisions at Whole Foods. I always add turmeric powder (anti-inflammatory), lemon juice, minced garlic (naturally antibiotic) and lemon juice. Bone broth is rich in minerals to support our immune system.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar– Check out the tea recipe I make when I feel sick (below)! Or, drink a tbsp daily in water to help kill viruses/bacteria and alkalize the body.
  • Turmeric- Powerful anti-inflammatory. I like adding Turmeric powder to my bone broth.
  • Ginger- You can take it in capsule form to help with nausea, or you can add fresh ginger to food or teas. Great for sinus and congestion symptoms, too.
  • Breastfeeding- I think this goes without saying, if you are still nursing then up the amount while baby is sick. Breastmilk is so hydrating and good for them!
  • Dairy- we SKIP ALL DAIRY while congested.
    • Culina– coconut-based yogurt
    • Kite Hill– my other favorite dairy-free brand!

Mada’s Feel Good Tea:

Steep filtered water in this electric tea kettle. Once water is heated, add a ginger tea packet or a piece of fresh peeled ginger. Add 1 tbsp of manuka honey (this is pricey, but a little goes a long way; great for a sore throat immune system). Lastly, add 1 to 2 tbsp of raw apple cider vinegar.

Rest:

  • Extra sleep and rest are just as important as hydration when you’re feeling sick. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY and rest, rest, rest as much as you can.
  • For kiddos, give them lots of snuggles! The hormone, oxytocin, is a wonderful thing. Snuggles for everyone!

 

5 thoughts on “Immunity Boosting Tips and Natural Remedies For Onset of Sickness”

  1. Love the blog post and all the information! Not sure if its just me running into this issue, but the “link” to the magnesium you take is not turned on/connected to a page? Can you send the link to the ones you take?

  2. Thanks for being such a great trusted resource 😀 Your link to Nordic Naturals isn’t working… let me know when its fixed so I can order thru your site!

  3. I was curious what Homeopath Dr you go to here in Dallas? My Friend and I have been looking for one and we always love everything you recomend on your IG and Blog. So I thought i would ask who your Homeopath Dr is?

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