No matter how healthy you live your life, it's inevitable that at some point you wont feel good. It's really important to have a natural arsenal at home to help combat these times by boosting your immune system and giving it what it needs to start healing. These are some of our yearly go-to's that are tried and true. They always come through for us in regaining our health.
This special honey is loaded with natural enzymes and antibiotic properties to help battle a bug. We love to eat a teaspoon of it to soothe sore throats. This brand is excellent because it is tested to remain pure of environmental contaminants like heavy metals and pesticides.
We use this when we need to break out the big dog, when something real bad comes along like the throat that has all kinds of terrible looking things on the back of it. Ewww... We love this because it is a natural antibiotic that is safe to use and won't harm the good bacteria in our guts.
Neti Pot with Neti Salt
This is a must have for clearing out the sinuses and the back of the throat. Whenever we feel clogged in our nasal pasages or thick in the head or even have drainage down the throat the Neti Pot comes to the rescue. Sometimes, when needed, we will use this two to three times a day and and we add essential oils as well. Be sure you have the Neti Salt that goes with it.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Himalayan Salt
To give our bodies the minerals they need to boost our immune system, we put 1 cup of water with 1Tlbs. Apple Cider Vinegar and 1tsp. Himalayan salt and then stir. We drink this first thing in the morning. It's refreshing and re-establishes the mineral building blocks our bodies need to get well. Plus, the ACV defends against the microbes that cause our symptoms.
doTERRA Thyme Essential Oil
This oil is one of our favorites when we are under the weather because it is selective in the bacteria it goes after. It wont harm the good guys in your microbiome and that's really important. We will gargle with it in water, diffuse it and rub it on our feet. *Beware it's hot!
Earache Be-Gone Home Remedy
This works every time and keeps us from getting those dreaded antibiotics that wreak havoc on our gut health. Place 3 thin slices of a garlic glove in a stainless steel saucepan with 1Tlbs. of organic coconut oil. Heat on low only until the coconut oil is slightly warm. Stir garlic around to infuse into the coconut oil. Let cool to room temperature. While laying on side, place 3 drops of oil (no garlic pieces) into ear canal and put a cotton ball in the outer part of the ear canal. Lay on side for at least 15 minutes. Do this up to 2 times a day.
Epsom Salt Baths
Baths with Epsom salt are so relaxing and help bring inflammation down as well as help induce the parasympathetic state we need to be in to heal. Epsom salt gives our bodies the extra magnesium we need for our cells to properly address inflammatoin. We usually add the Epsom salt and grade 1 Lavender oil or Roman Chamomile oil for added soothing of sore, achy muscles. These are great to do right before bed.
Breathe & OnGuard Drops
When you get that tickle in your throat that just wont go away, these are the bomb! Breathe really helps support respiratory health and get rid of the coughing spasm and OnGuard is a premium immune booster and wards off the tickle too. They are non GMO and have no refined sugar which is a win for our family.
I absolutely love these probiotics. They are what I took consistently during my healing journey. They are active and living and have such a variety of strains that help improve gut health. Since our immunity lies in our gut, it is important to keep it populated with good bacteria. I also love that these probiotics come in powder form so you can choose your dosage. For maintenance you don't need as high of a dose but for healing you need a higher dose. You can customize your dose with this powerful living powder!
Soil Based Probiotics
Since we don't get our hands in the soil regularly in our culture anymore we need to get soil based organisms for our gut health somewhere. Just Thrive soil based probiotics are the perfect probitotics to help reinoculate your gut with these important soil based good guys. There are 4 strains in each bottle. With a great digestive system comes optimal health. Just Thrive can be something that's a part of your daily regimen here to aid in your overall health.
Boosting vitamin C levels during a sickness can help your body get back to functioning quicker. While taking a vitamin C supplement is an option, we like to add rosehips to our hot teas. It gives a very subtle flavor but more importantly amps up the vitamin c levels in our body because it's easily absorbed from the rosehip tea.
Bone Broth is a MUST HAVE
Something that is always a part of our daily regimen, especially when we aren't feeling good is homemade bone broth. This gadget makes homemade broth a cinch and it tastes amazing. It is one of my most prized kitchen tools.
We source our beef and pork bones from a local ranch and of course keep our chicken carcasses to make chicken broth with. If you need to purchase bones you can do so here. When we aren't feeling good, we will drink at least one cup of bone broth with every meal. We like to add Himalayan salt to it as well.
Not only does bone broth provide that good fats that our body needs but it also provides a large amount of amino acids that are required for healing. Bone broth helps heal and seal the gut lining and is easy to digest as well. It's amazing and ultra healing.
Ditch the Sugar!
When anyone in our home is sick we do not eat any form of sugar except for manuka honey. Even eating fruit an cause the immune system to be compromised since sugar has been proven to lower the immune response. During any sickness we focus on consuming extremely nutritious foods like bone broth and veggies along with cooked meats. When we leave out the sugary foods (even the unrefined sugars) we find that we get better faster.
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