How do I stop an illness from spreading?

When one person gets sick, we all get sick! This adage  is true in my family, and many others. While prevention isn’t always a 100% guarantee that you won’t get it, it definitely reduces the chances and the duration. Outside of making sure our children don’t share cups or food, and remembers to cover their mouths, or wash their hands, we try to clean the “hot spots” in our house every night and turn things over when their fever breaks.

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Our Winter Bug Medicine Chest

This holiday our family brought some unwanted visitors (sicky germs) and we have been down this week. So, I wanted to share some of the things I use to help us get over our bugs sooner. Continue reading “Our Winter Bug Medicine Chest”

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is an amazing vitamin because it is made by our bodies through sun exposure!  Ten to fifteen minutes of sun  a few days a week has been shown to contain the perfect amount of vitamin D for our bodies.

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Winter Foods: Garlic

Garlic and onions are two root vegetables I always have on hand. Did you now that when you cut garlic and leave it out 10 minutes before using it, it retains their medicinal properties! Their benefits are limitless and they are so easy to incorporate into any dish.  Continue reading “Winter Foods: Garlic”

Vitamin A

I don’t think anyone ever likes being sick. During winter months one of the things I keep in abundance are items that contain Vitamin A. Vitamin A is wonderful during winter months because it plays a key role in helping the immune system function.

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Elderberry Syrup

Elderberries have been clinically shown to prevent and reduce flu symptoms. It has also been shown to help reduce the duration of colds, respiratory illnesses (head colds, bronchitis, sinus infections), and boost the immune system. Sambucol is a great brand and can be purchased at local grocery stores (Walmart, Walgreens, etc.) and natural stores. Sambucol for Kids is also available for children 2-10. For those with dietary restrictions, Sambucol Sugar-Free is available. Herbs for Kids has an amazing blend for children called Sweet Elderberry. Herbs for Kids can be found at most natural stores such as Natural Grocers, or online at Amazon.

Below is a recipe for DIY Elderberry Syrup and a link to Elderberry Gumdrops. Make sure to check out our Q & A page to get answers to some of my frequent elderberry questions!

***Elderberry syrup should not be used with those by those with an active autoimmune disorder as it can stimulate the immune system. Ask your doctor if you are unsure if you should use it. Elderberry syrup is safe for lactating and pregnant mothers. When ingested the benefits will pass on to the child. DO NOT give to children under the age of 2.   ***  Continue reading “Elderberry Syrup”

Vitamin C in Passion Tea?

Sometimes after a long battle with sick children, I no longer have the energy to make another blend, so I reach for what I know works. For extra vitamin C, I reach for Tazo’s Passion Tea. It is available at any store, which means it is quick and easy to pick up with anything else I need.

The herbal blend in the tea has easily absorbable vitamin C that aids the body during an illness.  Vitamin C has been shown to be beneficial against viruses and bacterial infections.

While there is an herbal version you can make at home, this tea blend is a great substitute for the exhausted mom, or just in a pinch.  Continue reading “Vitamin C in Passion Tea?”

D.I.Y: Marshmallow Root Marshmallows

This is one of my favorite go-to recipes during the winter months for sore, irritated throats. They are simple to make and oh so delicious!  This recipe is the first of several in my upcoming Winter Medicine Chest series.

**Do not use Marshmallow Root if you are taking diabetic medication, as it may inhibit the absorption of the medication.**

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