Winter is always rough.
I don’t know about you, but last winter, it was hard for us to stay healthy (Usually my husband, who wasn’t sleeping well at ALL, was sick – sometimes every other week!)
We would get sick, stay sick, and by the time it finally left out home – something else came right back in.
I was O-V-E-R I-T by the time spring rolled around.
Now with a baby, I was extra keen on finding some solutions this season that would ward off sickness and keep our home healthy.
We have only gotten sick once this winter.
(I know part of that is because we have finally been getting good sleep in our home)
But I have been working on some hardcore immune system improvements, and this is what we do to support it!
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Y’all know I don’t shut up about my essential oils. But they have revolutionized our home.
A note to start: I only use therapeutic grade oils. – I highly encourage you to do your own reading, consult your doctor and decide what type of usage right for you and your family. Young Living’s Vitality line is specifically certified for internal consumption. If you’re looking for a great book to read about essential oils for pregnancy & babies, I recommend grabbing this one.
There are 3 ways that we use essential oils when it comes to our immune systems. I’ll cover all three.
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There is a recipe for what’s called “Thieves Tea” floating around on the internet. I don’t know where the credit belongs originally, but I wish I could hug that person. We actually call it “Magic Tea” in our home.
Because it’s, well. Magical.
I drink this 2-3 times a day when we are sick. The honey and lemon really feels good and breathing in that aromas is very soothing.
Additionally, I just drink it a few times a week through the winter to help support my immune systems proper function!
And for the sake of being honest, sometimes I also just drink it sometimes because it sounds so so tasty.
The recipe is as follows:
- 3 Drops Lemon Vitality Oil
- 1 Drop Thieves Vitality Oil
- 1 Drop Peppermint Vitality Oil
- Honey to taste (I’m generous, I probably use almost a tablespoon. Ha.)
I just drop the oils and honey right into the bottom of a mug, fill to the brim with boiling hot water, and enjoy. It’s tasty and soothing and a great way to quickly get oils into your system.
You can buy just a straight up Thieves Roll On from Young Living – which is quick and easy, and smells wonderful!
But I know there are more oils than just thieves that promote a more healthier immune system, so I have made my own personal roll on and it looks like this:
- 5 Drops Lemon
- 10 Drops Frankincense
- 5 Drops Peppermint
- 10 Drops Thieves
- 5 Drops Oregano
- Top off with carrier oil of your choice (we love Fractionated Coconut Oil)
We roll this on the bottom of our feet every few hours when sick or exposed. It smells nice and it’s full of so many powerful oils that are good for helping your body!
If you don’t have any roller bottles – I highly recommend this gorgeous set of rainbow glass rollers! (YES, REALLY, they’re RAINBOW.)
I also have the Young Living pre-made Breathe Again Roller – This may help encourage healthy lung function when you have the yuckies in your chest.
My diffuser is on almost completely around the clock. We rock all sorts of sleepy oils at night, and if there is sickness lurking, then it is FULL SPEED 24/7.
I fill my Desert Mist Diffuser with the following when we are sick:
- 4-6 Drops Lemon
- 4 Drops Thieves
- 2 Drop Frankincense
If Nora is congested, I diffuse the following in her bedroom at night (while also running her plain ‘ole humidifier)
- 4 Lemon
- 2 Frankincense
Not only does the house smell good ALL DAY, but breathing in these oils may support more healthier immune and lung function.
Ahhhh, the beautiful purple goop that is Elderberry Syrup.
My mom actually started using this one before we got into oils and after I saw it work so well for her, I added it to our regimen.
At the first sign of a cold, or if someone else you interact with regularly is sick and exposing you – starting tasking a teaspoon of the syrup three times a day!
I’ve thought about just taking a teaspoon daily through winter to help encourage a healthy immune system, but because the syrup is a little pricey, we haven’t done that yet.
As of writing this, I do not give the syrup straight to Nora. Once she is on solid foods, I will be doing some research on when we can give it to her. Be sure that if you are giving elderberry syrup to a baby under 1 year of age, that it does not contain honey!
You can get Elderberry Syrup here. I will be adding a DIY recipe to the blog once I make it for the first time with the frozen elderberries in my freezer!
I’ll be posting a full recipe for this in the next few weeks, but my other favorite cold busting tactic is a hearty, nutrient packed soup made with bone broth.
The ingredients for this soup are pretty basic and I almost always have most of them on hand. The important part is getting lots of the following in your diet:
- Bone Broth
The soup we make is jammed packed with all of that and so much more, and I’m excited to share the recipe with y’all soon.
But even if you can just make anything you normally cook with some of those ingredients- just like, triple the amount it calls for. It’ll help your body fight off the yuckies.
Lastly, Washing Hands!
This might seem a little obvious- but I feel shocked by the amount of people that don’t create really good hand washing habits with their kiddos (and themselves!)
Every time you come home from being out and about – wash your hands. And your kiddos too! If someone in your home is sick, make sure everyone is washing regularly.
A little goes a long way!
If you wanna take it one step further, if you’ve been somewhere where your kids have been interacting with other children or crawling on public play toys, have everyone change their clothes when they get home.
Sickness is inevitable sometimes, but it doesn’t hurt to support your immune system!
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Do you have any natural remedies to share? I’m always looking for new things to add to my regimen to keep our home healthy! Please drop them in the comments.