Sick babies are the saddest!
We are right in the middle of cold and flu season, and having four little ones, we really suffer when sickness runs through our house. It’s awful when we are all sick at once, as there is not much worse than having to take care of sick babies while you are sick yourself. But it’s equally awful when it affects each of us one at a time, drawing the sickness out for weeks on end by the time it works it’s way through each of us. After Christmas is usually the most common time for me to get sick. I think it has something to do with eating more junky food than usual (sugar and carbs), being too busy/doing too much, and being overly stressed. With our trip to MommyCon right around the corner, I feel busier than usual, but I also feel more concerned than usual with coming down with a bug right now. This year I’ve been especially concerned with boosting my immune system and keeping myself healthy, so I thought I’d share the products we use at our house to ward off sickness the natural way.
Echinacea I start taking echinacea at the first signs of a cold or other sickness. I also take it if I’m under a lot of stress or have a particularly busy week ahead. If I’m feeling sickness coming on, whether I feel a sore throat, stuffy nose, tickly throat, extra fatigue, etc., I grab my bottle of echinacea. I take two capsules twice per day for about two weeks, and then stop. The theory behind only taking it temporarily is that taking it too often causes it to lose it’s “punch”, meaning it’s not quite as effective to take it all the time as it is to just take it when you feel the onset of sickness. I notice a huge difference in how I feel when I remember to do this. Echinacea has been around for a very long time, and while it’s an old remedy, it is a very effective one. It is an immunostimulant, meaning it kills germs while boosting your immune system at the same time. It’s a pretty amazing natural remedy!
Colloidal Silver I take colloidal silver when I start to feel sickness as well. Colloidal Silver is also an immune system booster. It is made up of silver particles suspended in liquid. It is supposed to be similar to an antibiotic, fighting bacteria, fungus, and viruses. It also treats colds and topical skin issues, such as pink eye or yeast rashes. I fully believe this natural remedy gives me energy and boosts my resistance to oncoming sickness, but I only take this one short term as well. Just like the echinacea, I start taking this at the first sign of sickness and only take it for a week or two. **Edited to add: I do not give my kids colloidal silver. Carl and I feel very comfortable using this product, but don’t feel that it is necessary to give the kids.
Elderberry Elderberry syrup is another favorite of mine. Elderberry has been found to fight off strains of the flu, including Swine Flu and Avian Flu, and is often said to be more effective than even echinacea. It has the ability to fight off viruses while protecting healthy cells simultaneously. It can ward off sickness, shorten the duration of sickness, relive sore muscles, reduce inflammation, and so much more. I often take echinacea for one week and then alternate and take elderberry the next week. This seems to maximize the immune boosting qualities of each.
To keep myself healthy, I also try to minimize refined carbs, limit or completely avoid sugar, and eat as many fruits and veggies as possible. Exercise is also a great way to keep yourself healthy, and of course, getting plenty of sleep (ha!). Since being a mom is a busy job requiring lots of lost sleep, I need to do what I can to help keep myself healthy. You can find each of these products at your local health food store or co-op.
*Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and am not qualified to hand out medical advice. I am only sharing what works for me and my family. If you are interested in taking supplements of any kind, always seek out a health professional first. Naturopathic or homeopathic professionals are great resources!