Anyone that has had the flu knows that it’s horrific. It’s debilitating and painful and seemingly endless. Although having the flu strengthens the immune system and rids the body of toxins, it wreaks havoc on your vitality and affects almost every organ. Personally, I go all out to prevent the flu in my home, for my family, and for myself. I have a few absolute go to’s that help to keep us healthy throughout flu season.
This is my all time favorite preventative. There are studies that say that Elderberry inhibits some strains of the flu and shortens the duration, if already exposed. It helps to get rid of mucous, which causes coughing, and anyone that has had the flu knows how much stress coughing puts on your whole body, when you have the flu. We take Elderberry almost everyday during flu season and many times throughout the day when we get sick.
Kick Ass Immune-
This powerful and effective tincture combination packs a punch with its amazing immune boosting herbs. I take a dropperful everyday during the winter months, as do my kids, and double that dosage when we are feeling something coming on. There is also a variation of this tincture called Kick It Immune, made with glycerin, specifically for children.
This strong and potent essential oil is almost always circulating from my diffuser during the fall and winter. Not only does it smell good but it also contains antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties. I mix it with a carrier oil and rub it on the bottoms of my kids feet and on their chest when they are struggling with a cough that won’t quit. I spray it on their pillow, too, before bed, to help kick their immunity into high gear while they sleep.
Many people don’t know that gut health and immunity go hand in hand. Up to 80% of a person’s immune activity takes place in their gut. My family takes a strong probiotic for a variety of its health benefits but a big reason is to prevent seasonal illnesses, such as the flu. Probiotics allow your body to fight inflammation that causes sickness and gets rid of the bad bacteria while promoting the good bacteria that benefits your overall wellness.
Ginger and Garlic-
Although there are supplements that can be taken that contain both of these ingredients, the most beneficial way to take advantage of the potent defense mechanisms that ginger and garlic provide, is to eat them or make a tea that’s made from either or both. Garlic is antiseptic and antiviral and antibiotic. Ginger is a very strong anti inflammatory and antimicrobial as well. Ginger is my favorite medicine for upset stomach and nausea, as well. I like to make tea with both herbs by steeping them in hot water for 15 min and then adding lemon (high in vitamin C) and honey right before I drink it. You can also include them in a bone broth for sipping. This combination can be drank throughout the day and especially at night to calm the bronchi, when coming down with the flu or while the sickness runs its course.
Vitamin D supplement–
Deficiency in Vitamin D is associated with increased susceptibility to infection, particularly respiratory infections. During the winter months, primarily, we lack the appropriate amount of sunlight that is needed to receive the recommended dose of Vitamin D, to maintain a healthy body. My family takes a sublingual vitamin D supplement every morning to augment our health and well being and to keep our immune systems running smoothly.
These 6 things are what I have found to be the most effective for myself and my family in our pursuit to stay healthy and strong during flu season. I recommend trying some or all of these remedies, especially if you or a loved one suffers from a compromised immune system. The flu is miserable. By taking vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplements you can greatly reduce your chances of contracting it and be able to better enjoy the long winter months with robust health!
Kira Blakeley is a certified herbalist who has spent the last 20 years working closely with acupuncturists, energy healers, and massage therapists to educate clients on natural remedies for immune health and human nutrition. She received her certification from the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies in Boulder, Colorado. Kira is Sonder Grace’s first Member Consultant ! She will help us educate customers and potential customer on the benefits of CBD Oil. You can buy Sonder Grace CBD Oil from Kira and connect with her here.