Oh, this is the season, isn’t it? The season to be jolly, the season to be thankful, the season to be giving and loving and kind…. but for us this year, it’s been so much about the season to be sick. But since being more intentional, we’ve been staying healthy much more and getting sick much less!
Isn’t it so frustrating that one of the most beautiful times of the year, filled with joy, beautiful decorations, yummy goodies, and the profound appreciation of the birth of our Savior, has to be shared (and sometimes even overcome) with these annoying viruses that are EVERYWHERE?! I keep my kids home with me, and they are still sick constantly. They get sick, they get better, and then we go somewhere. No doubt, 3 days later, they’re sick again.
So this is what I do in my house to try to keep our immune systems up as much as possible during this time of year. It’s been helping, that’s for sure. We have also managed to get over these bugs so much faster. Also, we figured out that we had mold in our new apartment, so that makes sense on why the boys kept getting sick! Now that we’ve remedied that situation, we are praying for full recoveries and staying healthy.
Kicking the Colds & Staying Healthy
- Essential Oils (I always have Thieves, R.C., and Lavender on hand this time of year!)
Thieves is great for boosting the immune system, R.C. is the respiratory blend that helps when a cold has already set in, and lavender I use in the diffuser nightly to make sure we all sleep as good as possible while our body fights! I diffuse them at night, and put Thieves (diluted) on the bottom of our feet!
- Young Living Ningxia Red (antioxidant drink)
- Homemade bone broth
- Homemade kombucha
- Buffered Vitamin C (for easier absorption)
- Organic Elderberry Syrup
- Odorless Garlic Supplement
- Good probiotic (for the kids and for us)
- Vitamin D (for the kids, and for us) I take 5,000IU in the summer and 7,000 in the winter, but I have an autoimmune condition. Check with your dr for dosage!
The last part of keeping the immune system active is more obvious: frequent hand washing, healthy foods, and plenty of water. Sugar and dairy will make the sickness linger, so kicking those and focusing on vibrant greens and bone broth will help you with staying healthy. I have a great recipe for bone broth, and we use it to load up on soups!
I hope all this helped, and I’m praying we all avoid any more illnesses in the New Year.
I was able to heal my sinus infection using home remedies. I am not a doctor and this information should not be considered medical advice. You should seek the advice of your own medical professional for your own situation.