Simply Healthy Family: Arm Up Your Natural Defenses


Arm Up Your Natural Defenses

Got the Sniffles, Allergies or Sinus Infection?

Some people say that the beginning of cold and flu season starts at the beginning of Winter. Health professionals will tell you that March is is the real flu season. I say it starts the first week of school and lasts until school lets out for the summer break!

With four kids in our home, someone always the sniffles or a cough. I'm here to save you a ton of grief not to mention Kleenex! 

Colds and the flu are caused by a virus. There are many different strains of the influenza virus' making it difficult to prevent by getting a flu shot IMO.  New strains of influenza viruses appear and replace older strains. This process occurs through antigenic drift. When a new strain of human influenza virus emerges, antibody protection that may have developed after infection or vaccination with an older strain may not provide protection against the new strain.  I can obviously not tell you whether or not you should get a flu shot, that's a personal choice based on several factors. I personally don't get one and neither do my children. I prefer first and foremost to use prophylactic (preventative) measures such as healthy eating ( lots and lots of fresh, raw veggies, fruits and plenty of water)  and being very active.

When one of us does get sick it is almost always very mild and very short-lived.  I use these wonderful ALL NATURAL products which have more than proven themselves to me over the years and honestly, I don't know how I ever lived without them! They are easy to find at grocers such as Sprouts and Whole Foods etc. and there are health and naturopathic stores popping up everywhere these days with friendly knowledgeable staff there to help you.

1. Wellness Herbal Resistance Liquid:  with Echinacea, Goldenseal & Yin Chiao complex for a super dose of Immune system support. Put a small droper full directly under tongue or mix in a small amount of water or juice.

2. Elderberry: I LOVE this stuff! It is amazing how quickly this makes us feel better when we have a bad cold! I can't say enough about this wonderful herb, just make sure you click on the link for more info! and then run out and buy some before your next cold!

3. Tei-Fu Essential Oil: This little bottle is gonna be your best friend the next time you have a stuffy nose or sinus problems. It contains pure essential oils from wintergreen, camphor, menthol and has safflower oil for skin conditioning. It smells a little like 'Vapor Rub' but much much better. Put a few drops behind your ear for immediate relief of congestion!

4. Tea Tree Oil:  I use this stuff ALL the time for so many things. It is readily available at Walgreen's, Walmart and many other places.
Tea Tree Oil is a natural antiseptic, antibacterial, fungicide and germicide. Many people use tea tree oil for: athletes foot, cold and flu relief, oral thrush, cancar sores, cold sores, ringworm, candida, head lice, gum problems, mosquito bites, bug repellent, cockroaches, deter flees, mouth ulcers, herpes, cuts, abrasions, after shave, sunburn,anorectal or vaginal yeast infections,  unwanted body odors, acne, toe nail infections, and many other uses

5. Last but not least, lets not forget about the Neti Pot!:  You can find these at Walgreen's!
Many people myself included, with sinus symptoms from bacterial infections, allergies, and environmental irritants have turned to the Neti pot or other nasal irrigation devices, claiming that these devices alleviate congestion, facial pain and pressure, and reduce the need for antibiotics and nasal sprays. Research backs up these claims, finding that nasal irrigation can be an effective way to relieve sinus symptoms when used along with standard sinus treatments.

I have suffered from allergies my entire life and also sinus infections. They are horrible and I can tell you, drugs not only don't work but cause so many other harmful problems in your body! Did you know that when you have a " stuffed up" nose and can't get anything out from blowing, it is from irritation and inflammation of the delicate mucous membrane lining of the interior of your nose? Usually, decongestants won't solve this, In comes the neti pot! It washes out and soothes your nasal passage w a gentle saline solution.

What are you doing to prevent getting sick this year?
Do you take any supplements or use any herbs or other 'Natural' 



  1. Thanks for this post! I'll be checking into these things for sure. I'm still deciding whether or not we'll be getting flu shots. My sister's family all had the flu last year and it was awful! Mostly worried about my 12 month old... I'm honestly bogged down by what I read because I feel there are good points on both sides. Oh what's a mom to do?! :)

  2. I love neti pots! We're definitely on the same page as far as being prevention-focused instead of running to the pharmacy. And we rarely get sick as well. My husband think it's interesting that flu season also coincides with candy season. If you think about it, there's usually a steady stream of candy/sweets from Halloween until Easter. Sugar severely weakens the immune system (like you know I'm sure). It totally make sense to me. Although having kids in school doesn't make it any easier. :(

  3. Jessica @ Barefootbysea10/14/2011

    I appreciate this post - I am ALWAYS looking for natural remedies so I will check out these! Thanks!!!!

  4. Jen@familyfoodfitnessandfun10/14/2011

    Thanks for posting this. With 3 kids (1 in preschool, 1 in kindergarten), we are always sick. But at least they don't get really bad colds. I give vitamin D and multivitamins, but I'll have to check out the other stuff you mentioned!

  5. That's a very interesting theory! All that extra sugar on top of all of the sugar already 'snuck' into things most likely has something to do with sickness.

  6. Do you live in a place w little sunshine? Getting at least 20 minutes of sunshine every day gives you your dose of vit D.

  7. I agree. It's very confusing and frustrating. I broke down and gave myself and my 4 kiddos flu shots (they got the flu nasal spray) this year because working in healthcare I have heard that the flu season is going to be really, really bad this year (I think they say that every year tho ;)
    Last year my 2 year old got the flu and was hospitalized for 10 very stressful days. I personally decided it's just not worth taking the chance.

  8. I start drinking A LOT of herbal tea during the colder months. This is a great list of natural preventative measures! Thank you for sharing, sweet friend. I'm so glad that I'm back!

  9. What would you recommend for babies? I have a 10 month old who is coming down with a cold. I hate giving her meds, but I do, because I don't know what else to do! Also, how about teething? Do you have any natural pain killers/ideas for teething pain? Thanks!

  10. I stopped using all OTC meds years ago, except for Tylonol when absolutely necessary. Low grade (Up to 103F) is a good thing and necessary for the body to fight off infections. I use Simple Saline baby spray to naturally flush out my kids noses, you'd be amazed at all the gunk that comes flowing out! This is safer than using a nose sucker thingy to which can cause abrasions and irritation. I cut out cow's milk completely with my last 2 kids which has worked wonders with their congestion and allergies. I give them goat's milk or kefir (watered down to make it thinner) instead. We eat lots of green veggies for extra calcium.

    Also, if you could get your baby to drink a 'tea' of steeped lemon or orange peel with fresh thyme and oregano {more detailed instructions on my blog under 'Natural Remedies' Page, that helps with cough and conjestion. My kids all drink it. I add honey but babies under 12 months old should not have honey. Try sweetening it w a bit of Stevia.

    For teething, I freeze biscuits, bananas and waffles for them to suck on.
    Good Luck!


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