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 🙂
- 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.
- 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: 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.
- 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.
- 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.!
- I like Sovereign Silver brand. I love using their nose spray when I have nasal congestion.
Fish Oil/Cod Liver Oil:
- Like probiotics, I take this daily- sick or not!
- I am currently taking 1 tbsp of this brand daily (I store mine in fridge) but also love Nordic Naturals Cod Liver Oil.
- 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!!
- 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!
- 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!
- 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 is great from dehydration prevention. Can use for kiddos too. Just add drops to water, coconut water, etc.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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 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!
- 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 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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!