It’s that time of year again when the temperatures drop, kids are back in school, and germs start to make their mark. Germs are inevitable, they’re everywhere and it’s literally impossible to avoid them. And since you can’t avoid them, you mind as well be prepared for them when they takeover (and help to prevent them from taking over).
As someone who tries their best to stay above the wellness line, I occasionally have my losses, too. But when I do, I make sure I take extra care of my body— after all, your body is trying to tell you something when it is sick, so listen to it. I also try my best to prevent the spread of these pesky illnesses and germs from moving in and living in my household.
Since becoming a mama, I am EXTRA cautious about germs (first child or third, I will always take precautions). It is important to me that I also use non-toxic products on myself and family. This increases immune support!
For today’s blog post I have compiled up a list of all of my favorite non-toxic products to help keep you (and your little ones) above the wellness line. Not only are they non-toxic and safe for you and your family but they’re all natural and actually work!!! Hence why they are my favorite.
Non-Toxic Ways to Boost Your Immunity + Stay Above the Wellness Line
Ya’ll know essential oils are my go-to for everything in life. Just like they support your emotions, they can support your immune system as well. My family never goes a day without using our immune boosting oils!
Below is a list of my favorite essential oils we use.
Thieves. This is a blend of essential oils that are immune boosting and we use it daily! We like to diffuse it, use it in our tea, and roll it on our spine.
R.C. This blend is great for respiratory support. I rub it on my chest each night. When we are sick I do it more often as it acts a Vick’s Vapor Rub but without any harmful ingredients.
Lemon. Lemon essential oil is one I love to use in conjunction with Thieves. I also diffuse this one, add it to teas, and clean with it!
Young Living Thieves Cleaning line. This stuff is our holy grail when it comes to keeping germs away in our house. It is an all-in-one all-purpose cleaner! Not only does it clean our home without the use of harsh chemicals but it actually boost our immunity as well.
FOODS + SUPPLEMENTS
Obviously, we have to do more than slather on essential oils and clean out homes. Having a diet full of whole foods is key to building a strong immune system.
Below are some of my favorite foods and supplements I try to use daily but also use each time I start to feel under the weather.
Apple Cider Vinegar. Add a shot to your water, tea, or salad dressing! I know the taste can be daunting but it’s easy to mask when you add to other foods or beverages! (See below recipe for my favorite way to drink it).
Raw honey. Try and go for local, raw honey. Local honey will help support your immune system best as well as ease any seasonal allergies you may have. Honey is also great for sore throats! *Do not give children under one-year old honey.
Elderberry. Whether you decide to use this in the form of syrup, capsule, or cough drop, elderberry works like magic when you feel a cold coming on. I personally love taking it in a shot of pressed juice!
Zinc. This wellness hack is still fairly new to me. I recently learned zinc can zap a cold before it comes on but be careful because you don’t want to overdo it! I personally use elderberry and zinc throat lozenges.
Garlic. Although I never used straight up raw garlic myself, I have heard nothing but good things about this powerful food. They say eating raw garlic (add it to honey) can help prevent and lessen the time that you are sick. I recently purchased Mullein Garlic eardrops for Jasper to stop any ear infections he may be prone to before he gets one!
Turmeric. By now we all have heard of golden milk, but it’s all for good reason. Turmeric is a powerful spice that can boost your immunity. I add this spice to a lot of dishes, but don’t forget to add black pepper to activate turmeric’s benefits!
As if we haven’t heard this one enough! Prioritizing your health means prioritizing time for you. In such a fast-paced world it can be easy to work through any illness, even a simple cold.
Here I listed simple ways to take care of you!
Rest, preferably sleep. Again, I know it’s hard to find extra time to sleep, but our body repairs itself while we sleep so this is crucial to having a strong immune system. Go to bed an hour earlier. Take a nap after work. Ask for help so you can rest.
A hot bath or shower. My personal favorite. Soaking in a hot bath helps draw out any toxins your body is holding onto. It also is super relaxing! Try adding Epsom salts and essential oils for added beneifts.
My Favorite ACV Tea
You will need…
Mug full of hot water
Juice from half of a lemon
A shot of apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp of raw honey
Combine all ingredients together, stir until dissolved. Sip and enjoy!
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*I am NOT a doctor or medical professional. This information provided is from my own experience and research. Please consult with your doctor before making may changes to your diet or lifestyle.
*Essential oils do not treat, prevent, cure, or heal any illnesses and you shouldn’t use them in replace of a prescribed medication. Always talk with your physician before using essential oils.
If you are interested in purchasing any essential oils that I have shared, please visit the Essential Oils tab and contact me directly.