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Essential Immune-Boosting Ingredients In My Winter Medicine Cabinet

January 9, 2014

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Your winter wardrobe protects you from the elements, and with some easy additions and an open mind, your medicine cabinet will protect you too. I believe in using toxin free, safe products as much as possible, and I like to seek out alternative resources for common issues.

In the colder months, we focus on our immunity, and protecting ourselves as much as possible during the cold and flu season.

Here’s what’s in my winter medicine cabinet.

Oscillococcinum: This is a well known homeopathic remedy for the flu. I have friends and clients who swear by this, and take at the first sign of fever, chills, or sore throat.

Swedish Bitters: By Flora, this is an ancient, Scandinavian remedy for health. It detoxes vital organs and is said to strengthen the system. I love adding a few drops to sparkling water before a meal.

Algae Omega: A vegan omega 3 EFA, and beneficial for its anti-inflammatory properties. The Modern Vegan™ Choice.

Fish Oil: Carlson brand has a high quality fish oil high in Omega 3 EFA that helps to reduce inflammation. This is for Flexible Vegetarians and Healthy Omnivores.

Swirl-to-go for Kids: By Barleans, this tasty treat and provides kids a daily source of Omega 3 EFA. For mini-Healthy Omnivores on the go.

Olive Leaf Tonic: Also by Barleans, Olive Leaf has been around since the time of Hippocrates. It’s a well known tonic that’s anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial. It’s preventative against cold and flu. This is worth trying.

Rescue Remedy Pastilles: Helps with stress relief and contains the Bach Flower Remedy combination of flower essences. I used to give my son these as school pick-up each day. I believe it helped with the sometimes ‘crispy’ transition.

Astragalus Herb: Known for protecting against virus, this should be taken at first sign of signs of cold. Known to shorten the duration of colds. People swear by this.

Slippery Elm Lozenges: Thayer brand’s natural throat lozenges work, and happen to be delicious. Made from slippery elm bark, this herb heals and soothes the throat. My family loves them.

Super Echinacea: A preventative herbal remedy that strengthens the immunity. Echinacea has been used for centuries by Native Americans. NOT recommended for those with rheumatoid issues.

Aloe Vera: Beneficial for effective elimination. Coats the digestive tract and helps heal the gut. I take a 1/4 cup each night before bed. Definitely try this if you suffer from IBS or occasional constipation.

Whole Food Raw Vitamins: Vitamin Code makes these specifically for women and are from whole food sources that are readily absorbable to the body. They also contain live enzymes. Double score!

Collodial Silver: This ancient remedy strengthens the immune system. I used this when I suffered from Mono. To experience its benefits, add drops to water daily whenever your immune system is challenged.

Sambu Guard: A combination of four powerful immune builders; Vitamin C, Elder Flowers, Elderberries, and Echinacea. Take during the Fall and winter at first signs of cold and flu or scratchy throat.

Calm: Gillam’s powdered magnesium drink relaxes the body and mind. I love this as a warm drink to unwind at night, or to relieve stress at any time. I also found it to be effective for reducing headaches and helping with constipation. I recommend it all the time, and my clients love it too.

Holli Thompson is a certified Holistic Health Coach, and Natural Health Professional. She also attended the Natural Gourmet Institute in NYC to become a Raw Food Chef. Holli has appeared on many major media outlets including ABC’s Let’s Talk Live, CBS, USA Today and More Magazine. Learn more about Holli on her website and blog