Natural cold and flu remedies are must-haves on the homestead. Everyone hates to be sick. I especially hate having sick kids and animals. It usually means nights with little sleep and sleep is a precious commodity around here. There are a few things you can do to protect yourself and your little ones by boosting their immune system.
- .Elderberry Syrup: Elderberry Syrup is a great preventative treatment. If you are a homesteader with a green thumb consider growing elderberries. If not consider purchasing Organic Elderberries to try your hand at making your own. If you really don’t have the time to make it yourself you can purchase Pre-made Elderberry Syrup. The bottled kind still works but is not as easy to customize to taste and is a bit more expensive. Just one tablespoon of this syrup can help build your immune system to fight off infection. If you happen to catch something just increase your dose to every two hours until symptoms improve.
- Honey and Cinnamon: If you have your own beehive(s) honey is easy to keep on hand. If not, purchase Raw Honey or Manuka Honey. Mix one tablespoon of honey per 1/2 tsp cinnamon. You can then mix into drinks or eat off the spoon. Honey naturally has immune boosters and is sweet as an added bonus. The cinnamon helps reduce inflammation. Do not heat the mixture as it will reduce effectiveness.
- Echinacea Tea: I love a good herbal tea and echinacea tea is a wonderful immune booster. If you have an herb garden see if you can grow echinacea in your area. Otherwise you can buy it from your local grocery store. You can also check your local herb shop for the dried version and steep it in water. Drink a cup a day for good immune coverage. For more herbal tea tips read my Herbal Tea Guide.
- Garlic and Apple Cider Vinegar: Cut one clove of garlic and mix in one cup of ACV. It tastes nasty but is a good antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal. If you feel yourself really coming down with something take a tablespoon every hour until symptoms improve.
- Bone Broth: There is a reason chicken soup is recommended when people get sick and it goes back to the good old days. Before the Campbell’s variety housewives stuck chicken carcasses in the soup. This allowed for the beneficial nutrients to seep out of the bird’s marrow into the soup. You can replicate it by placing chicken or beef bones, vegetable scraps, a tiny bit of vinegar, and water into a Crockpot and cooking for a minimum of 18 hours. Drink a cup a day for maintenance or three cups a day to get rid of infection.
- Onions: We all know onions are potent or we wouldn’t tear up when we cut them. Did you know slicing one in half and leaving in a room will suck up the germs in the air? It will also cleanse your nasal passages and help you get better faster. The best type of onions for this are yellow or white but red will work in a pinch. Simply slice the onion down the middle and place near your bed or on the surface of any room you will frequent during the day.
- Saline Rinse: You can make these yourself but it is really hard to get the ratio just right and it burns if it’s wrong. I use the Neilmed Sinus Rinse Kit on our family. You simply pour distilled or boiled water into the bottle and squeeze it up your nose. I use once a day for maintenance and three to four times a day when sick.
- Oregano oil: Rubbing a few drops of oregano oil or taking an oregano oil supplement can significantly reduce the length of your illness. Oregano has powerful antibacterial and antiviral properties and is great for kicking that dreaded illness. If taking internally do not use for more than two weeks at a time. If using topically try to switch it out for something else at least once a month so you don’t become resistant.
- Protect: Protect is an essential oil blend from Jade Bloom that is specifically formulated to boost the immune system. I find it the most useful in the diffuser but you can ingest it or use it topically as well. It is comparable to DoTerra’s OnGuard or Young Living’s Thieves. I put it on my diffuser necklace frequently. I also like to run it in bursts on our household diffuser so the whole family can benefit.
- Mango: Who doesn’t love a sweet juicy mango? These are packed with twice as much vitamin C as an orange and lots of vitamin A. As an added bonus they aren’t nearly as acidic as oranges for those who may have acid reflux or other stomach issues. Eat one whenever you feel like it to boost your immune health.
We use a combination of therapies most days so just pick what works best for your lifestyle. Unfortunately we still get knocked down by viruses sometimes but you better believe we fight back around here! Now you can do the same.
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended as substitution for professional direction. This post may contain affiliate links which at no cost to you provide me with a small amount of revenue.