This post: herbs for viruses, supplements for cold and flu season, + common sense habits for staying healthy + keeping kids well.
Nothing feels worse than waking up sick and realizing you don’t have what you need on hand.
Or worse, when your kids wake up sick and your medicine cabinet is empty.
I’m a big believer in being prepared.
During the cold and flu season, especially.
In the middle of a global pandemic most especially.
If you’re wondering what herbs for viruses you should keep in your medicine cabinet (year-round, preferably), I’ve got you covered.
Read this post, and I promise you won’t find yourself sending an SOS text to your mother-in-law the next time you wake up feeling like crud.
Science-Backed Antiviral Herbs
What I’m going to share with you in this post are the best antiviral herbs, as well as common sense habits that we should all be practicing anyway.
—> I’ve included links to helpful, science-based articles, in hopes that you’ll do some reading on this subject too.
The supplements mentioned in this post are ones I keep in my medicine cabinet year-round but reach for more often during the cold and flu season.
Here’s the bottom line:
Health is a lifestyle, not just an oil to apply or a pill to swallow when there’s a virus threat.
I hope this is a lifestyle we all can internalize. A global virus pandemic definitely makes us move in that direction, doesn’t it?
And, for the record, I am not a health practitioner. I can’t diagnose or give medical advice.
But I am a natural-living woman who loves to share what I’m learning; read with discretion and make your own educated choices.
Herbs for Viruses: the “Big Guns”
First off, I’m going to talk about the “big guns.”
These are the immune boosters that stimulate our systems to attack and kill invaders (like viruses).
My holistic practitioner advised against over-stimulating the body’s immunity with too many supplements, too often.
With that in mind, we are supplementing with the following on an alternating basis:
That means, we take each of these supplements a few times each week, but not every day.
Antiviral #1: Vitamin C
My go to vitamin C product for years has been the powdered supplement, Emergen-C (our favorite flavor is orange!).
I’ve noticed that this product has been out of stock a lot on Amazon; thankfully, I’ve been able to find it at our local Super Walmart pharmacy.
On days when we’re supplementing with Vitamin C, I mix an entire packet in a cup of water for myself, and half-a-packet in juice or water for each of my kids.
These chewable vitamin C lozenges, from Beeyoutiful, are a great option, too.
Vitamin C plays a vital role in our body’s ability to absorb calcium, heal wounds, repair tissue and maintain the health of bones and teeth.
Yes, it’s also antiviral.
More reading —> Vitamin C Benefits, by Dr. Axe.
Antiviral #2: Elderberry
I’ve read various reports regarding elderberry (also known as sambuca), especially as it pertains to the novel coronavirus.
After reviewing these facts, I’ve made the decision to continue using elderberry (alternately, with other supplements) for one reason:
—> The holistic pracitioners who have treated my family for years recommend it, even with the contradicting opinions regarding the coronavirus.
—> Please check out the following articles and make your own decision:
If you choose to supplement with elderberry, here is where I purchase mine:
- Elderberry lozenges (Beeyoutiful.com)
- Sambucol Elderberry extract (Amazon, may be out of stock at this time)
- Elderberry extract (Abundant Life Wellness Center online store
Antiviral #3: Colloidal Silver
Colloidal silver has been in my cold and flu medicine chest for years.
Silver is known to have anti-inflammatory properties, help heal skin wounds, kill bacteria, fungi, mold and parasites in the body.
It can also prevent and destroy viruses.
We are currently using bioactive silver hydrosol, available in 8 oz, 4 oz, and a nasal spray from Abundant Life Wellness Center.
—> To educate yourself on bioactive colloidal silver, please listen to the following podcast:
—> For a general overview of colloidal silver, read this unbiased and thorough article, by Dr. Axe:
—> And this informative piece, featured at the Huffington Post:
Kristy’s personal antiviral protocol: the Daily Stuff
Antiviral #4: Vitamin D3
This is one my chiropractor recommended.
I am currently taking vitamin D3 capsules on a daily basis, and giving my kids a liquid vitamin D3 supplement.
I buy my vitamin D, and many other supplements, at Beeyoutiful.com:
—> Further reading: Vitamin D and Immune Function, by The US National Library of Medicine
I’m a fan of Eden’s Garden essential oils.
(I also use DoTerra and Young Living products, and honestly don’t have a favorite EO brand- but Eden’s Garden oils are much more affordable).
I’ve been using a humidifier (like this one) in my kids’ bedrooms for weeks, long before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out.
With the onset of the Coronavirus, I’ve switched to the “Fighting Five” blend, which contains the same oils as the popular Thieves blend (lemon, cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, and rosemary).
As you can see, I purchased several items from this collection. We are enjoying them all.
We are keeping oregano oil on hand.
Oregano is a natural antibiotic and is active against bacteria, fungi and viruses.
Another way I’ve used it is to add one or two drops (it’s potent! you don’t need much) to a tablespoon of coconut oil, and rub the mixture on the bottom of my kids’ feet. This absorbs into their bodies and acts as a natural antibiotic.
Kristy’s personal antiviral protocol: Common Sense Habits
Make sure young kids know how to wash their hands well.
Practicing basic hygiene has huge impact on the health of our country. If you’ve ever visited a third-world nation, then you know exactly how true that is.
Mamas, don’t assume your kids know how to wash their hands properly: teach them!
My boys enjoy this silly video from YouTube.
(Be prepared for your kids to sing the song a million times!)
Drink LOTS of water.
This one seems obvious, but apparently water consumption isn’t as common in the States as we might think.
According to the Quench Survey, nearly 80% of working Americans admit that they probably do not drink enough water. [source]
Make it a habit to drink plenty of fresh water on a daily basis, and limit beverages like sodas, drinks with red dye, energy drinks and sweet tea (I know, I know… we’re in the south).
Drinking lots of water is an important habit for adults and kids alike, and for good reasons.
Hippocrates was right: disease begins in the gut.
The good news: health begins there too.
Now, I’m not a food purist. But I do try to embrace a whole foods diet as much as possible.
If you find yourself lacking in this area, now is a great time to start making changes.
After all, most of us have ample time to meal prep and cook-from-scratch during this quarantine. *wink*
If you need a little inspiration, check out my healthy recipes here on the blog.
I know, I know: We’re trapped at home right now.
Gyms are closed, we’re encouraged to stay away from public places like parks, and many people live in neighborhoods with tiny yards.
Let me give you a few quick ideas- and a heaping dose of encouragement to not grow sedentary.
- Run! Use a treadmill, jog in place, or hit the side walks of your neighborhood. I’m super blessed to have a half-mile, rural road for my running track; I run a mile several times a week.
- Join a fitness program- I personally have a membership at MIF (MomsIntoFitness.com) and love it.
- Do a workout with your kids. My boys enjoy this one; for MIF members, Lindsey recently shared several workouts just for kids.
- Practice yoga or pilates at home (check out CarolineWilliamsYoga).
- Stay in touch with a friend who will keep you accountable!
Physical exercise isn’t just about physical health; it can also boost your moods, help balance your hormones, and clear out brain fog.
—> For more inspiration, check out my posts on fitness.
Get outside and enjoy the sunshine.
Here in North Texas, we have been blessed with ample sunshine and spring-like weather. I hope that you are too, wherever in the world you are!
Friends, getting outside is deeply important, especially during this time of quarantine.
Sunshine, nature, and fresh air are not only important for your physical health, but your mental and emotional health as well.
Please don’t give in to the feeling of being “stuck inside.”
A few ideas:
- If weather permits, open the windows. (Read: How to Air Out Your House Properly, by The Fashionable Housewife.)
- Start a small vegetable or flower garden.
- Take a blanket and a book to the back yard and read. (I’ve been doing this a lot lately.)
- Buy some bird feed (no one should be hoarding that) and install a bird feeder in your yard. (Here’s a soda bottle bird feeder kit for under $7. Sounds like a great project to do with the kids.)
- Sit on a swing or lawn chair and bird watch.
- Walk your dog.
- Go star-gazing at night with your kids. (I know, this won’t give you the benefits of sunshine; but it’s still delightful!)
- Go on a nature hunt (we love to do this).
- Take a snack or meal outside and enjoy a picnic.
- Take your kids outside with beach balls, water guns, jump ropes and sidewalk chalk. Have fun!
Read —> 4 Benefits of Sunlight, by Well & Good
Want to learn more?
Read Herbal Anivirals, by Stephen Harrod Buhner.
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