With cold and flu season fast approaching, many of you might be busy stocking your medicine cabinets with symptom relievers and pain medicines. What about filling your shelves with herbal remedies and vitamins that will help you stay strong and healthy instead?
Here are our favorite vitamins, oils, and supplements we recommend taking to stay healthy and avoid getting sick this fall and winter.
Vitamin C is a classic immune system boost that helps fight off colds and keep you healthy. It also acts as an antioxidant, helping rid your body of everyday toxins and protect your cells from free radicals. It’s also the #1 nutrient that gets depleted with stress – load up everyone! 1000mg daily, more if you’re symptomatic!
Vitamin D is a vital supplement for your bone and teeth, and is extra important for growing children. Without it, your body wouldn’t be able to absorb calcium and deliver it to your bones and teeth. Research has also shown that Vitamin D helps maintain a balanced mood (especially in winter months) and support a healthy immune function. 2000-5000iu daily, more if you’re symptomatic. A quick blood test can test your levels and see exactly how much you need!
Probiotics are necessary to keep your gut healthy and thriving. Probiotics are the “good” bacteria living in your gut that help support a healthy immune system as well as help keep you regular. 70-80% of your immune system function stems from your gut, so it’s important to make sure your bowels are running smoothly.
You can integrate them in your diet by taking a daily supplement with at least 20 billion cfu per capsule or eating foods rich in probiotics.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is one of those multi-purpose ingredients that’s great to always keep in your cabinet. Research has shown it helps reduce cholesterol levels, regulate blood sugar, and aid in weight loss. You can take it orally and even add to a warm bath to help relieve cold symptoms. Use it to make your Fire Cider this year!
A lesser known cabinet essential. Thieves oil is an anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal essential oil blend. The blend includes clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus radiata, and rosemary. We recommend applying to the bottom of your feet daily to help support your immune system and ward off viruses during cold and flu season.
Cold season means lots of congestion, and Ravens Oil is the perfect natural remedy to help relieve your chest. It’s made with a blend of peppermint, eucalyptus radiata, ravensara, wintergreen, and lemon. Apply it to your chest and back while you’re battling a cold and it will help soothe congestion and ease your congested airways.
This herbal remedy helps your body defend itself against viral infections. Vira-Pel ingredients include Olive Leaf, Hyssop, Raspberry Leaf, Schisandra Berry and Echinacea Root. Keep this on hand all season long!
This herbal remedy helps you steer clear of bacterial infections with a blend of goldenseal root, echinacea root, and chaparral.
Keep your little ones’ immune systems strong with this herbal remedy made just for them that helps ward off colds. This blend includes Echinacea Root, Elder Berry, Elder Flower, Ginger Root. Magic in a bottle!
Gan Mao Ling
A common cold remedy in Traditional Chinese Medicine – herbs shorten duration of cold and flu and alleviates symptoms.
Dao Labs – Immunity Support
Go to for cold and pollen seasons. Pear + Ginger powder added to water, strengthens the immune system and safeguards the body from airborne pathogens.
Have any questions about these supplements, or want to start your natural medicine cabinet? Stop in or give us a call at (612) 922-8100.