So excited to bring you my holistic medicine cabinet product favorites today! This post has been a long time coming. I've wanted to share what holistic products my family uses and what I keep in my medicine cabinet on the regular. Especially with cold and flu season at the peak right now, I thought what a perfect time to really showcase what I'm using for natural and holistic products. After all, it can seem intimidating when trying to find swaps from your conventional medicine cabinet products.
*Just a reminder I am not a doctor. These are simply recommendations and things that have worked for my family. Use at your own risk and please always seek the help of a medical professional.
Ok, on to the good stuff! So I get questions all the time on what products I use for my family and when it comes to holistic medicine cabinet products. I get it, you want a natural option for when you're sick. The truth is, these holistic remedies and natural products actually can really help. I've seen it in my own life.
Our immune system is super smart and really does know how to take care of us. These natural products I suggest are often helpful before you get sick, really helping to support your immune system. Sometimes you just need a little extra support, especially if your system is run down. The point is to let your body run it's course, but help support the process, or speed it up.
Here is what's in our Holistic Medicine Cabinet-
Vitamin C Liposomal from Seeking Health- I take this everyday. It comes in a liquid form, that's why it's called a liposomal. Liposomals are often easier to absorb. Vitamin C supports the immune system, as it a strong antioxidant. According to several studies, vitamin C can help increase antioxidants in your blood which end up helping you fight inflammation in your body. It has also shown to be effective in helping shorten a cold length, even in kids. Get Optimal Liposomal Vitamin C Plus here!
Probiotics- Your gut is so important for overall health. Since 70% of your immune system is located in the intestines, it's important to make sure your gut health is optimal. Probiotics are a great way to help give your gut a boost of good bacteria. The good bacteria in our gut help to protect us from the bad bacteria. We always want to have more good bacteria than bad. If we don't we can have what is called Dysbiosis- where you have more bad bacteria than good. I try and rotate which probiotics I take and I don't take them all the time either. But this is great to have in your medicine cabinet especially when you've had antibiotics and you need to build up your good gut bacteria again. I take Seeking Health's Probiotics and vary them. Get the ProBiota Woman here!
Elderberry- We've been taking this for years. Elderberry is known for being rich in flavonoids- specifically anthocyanins, they're antioxidants that keep the bodies immune system strong and resilient. They help the production of cytokines, which are messengers within the immune system. Cytokines help to to improve the bodies immune response. Elderberries are also believed to contain antiviral properties as well. Literally deactivating viruses. Viruses can't increase in number by themselves, they have to get inside a healthy cell in order to replicate. Research has also shown they can kill common pathogens. Get it here!
Dr. Wholeness First Defense- I was recently introduced to this by my Naturopathic Doctor and WOW am I impressed! Both my girls got a nasty cold and my hubs and I started taking this right away to boost our immune system and fight off the cold. Well, we didn't get it! You are supposed to take them at the first sign of a cold. I can't recommend them enough. They are in pill form and contain an array of powerful antioxidants, elderberry and amino acids. Get it here!
Dr. Wholeness Multivitamins For Kids- I give these to my kids everyday and they are crazy for them! They literally remind me if I don't remember- they love them. I love that they don't have any added junk in them and are free of artificial dyes, added sugar and synthetic vitamins. I give my 6 year old 2 a day and my 4 year old 2 a day. Get them here!
Dr. Wholeness Flora Start For Kids(probiotic)- This is the probiotic I give my kids. It comes in a powder and easily dissolves in water. The formula contains three strains of Lactobacilli and three strains of Bifidobacteria, as well as Streptococcus thermophilus and Saccharomyces boulardii, an extensively researched microorganism shown to help restore microflora balance by enhancing commensal organism function. Get it here!
Dr. Wholeness Head Start Multivitamin For Infants & Kids- This multivitamin is great because it comes in a powder form so you can easily add it to a bottle for an infant, or water for your older child. The b-vitamins are methylated, supporting maximum absorption and utilization. This powder is well rounded with the key fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K), as well as vitamin C, key minerals like calcium and magnesium, and even extra support for a growing body with choline and marigold extract for antioxidant benefits. It is an unflavored, non-gmo powder that mixes easily and has no aftertaste, making it enjoyable for even the most picky eaters. Get it here!
Beekeeper's Honey/Propolis Products- I was introduced to Beekeeper's products last year and I haven't looked back. Propolis is what bees lines the hives of bees as shield or protectant. They make it from plants and tree resins. As it lines the hive it helps to protect the bees from the outside germs. It is pretty powerful stuff! Propolis has over 300 powerful natural compounds known for supporting immunity. I love the B Powered– I'll take a teaspoon a day or add to a tea. I also love their throat sprays. They have them for adults and kids! Finley, my 4 year old, loves spraying it in her mouth daily. Here's the kid's spray. The sprays are especially great for travel for a boost! Check out a great podcast about the benefits of honey and propolis here. Get Beekeeper's Products here!
Biocidin- This is a spray as well and is great for travel. It helps to soothe sore throats, and good for allergies. It contains an array of powerful herbs. We always have this in our arsenal! Grab it here!
Activated Charcoal- This is great to have in the medicine cabinet. I have them in capsules. Charcoal binds to some poisons, heavy metals, and other toxins and flushes them out of the body. I've been taking this as I've gotten my amalgam fillings removed. To get rid of the heavy metal content I may have been exposed to. Get some here!
Gaia Herbs- I like a lot of their tinctures. They have high standards when it comes to their herbs, the organic certification and how they process them. The formula's then in return are potent and effective, without added chemicals. We have used the Kid's Elderberry Syrup, their Bronchial Wellness for kids and adults- (great for throat and respiratory health), and Lemon Balm(good for immune system and balances nervous system). They have so many herbal formulas. You can check more of them out here.
Oil Of Oregano- I take these in a capsule from from Seeking Health. Oil Of Oregano is known for it's anti-fungal properties, and natural antibiotic properties. I'll take this at the first sign of symptoms. But you don't want to take it for longer than a week from what I've read. Get it here!
Fire Cider- I've made a little tonic like this before when my hubs or I have had sore throats. I've made mine before from apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, fresh ginger, honey, garlic and some cayenne pepper. It's like taking a shot of really strong medicine! It will burn but in a good way. A brand actually sells Fire Cider specifically now and has trademarked the name. They add a few more things to their Fire Cider. It's also a great option when you're just not into making one on your own. You can take this everyday to really give you a kick in the pants and energy and immune support. Once you start to feel something come on you can take it every couple hours. Get it here!
Zinc- This mineral is great for supporting a healthy immune system. I like adding this in to my supplement routine as winter approaches. This is the one I take here!
Host Defense Mushrooms- I've been using this for a while and both my hubs and I really like it! It contains agarikon, red reishi, chaga, birch polypore and turkey tail mushrooms. This combination of mushrooms provides an array of immune support. I spray this in my mouth 3 times a day. Grab it here!
Herb Pharm Mullein Garlic Pure Ear Oil- Finley got her first ear ache when she was two and this literally took the pain away. She hasn't had one since but I like to keep it on hand just in case. I just apply one drop in each ear. Get them here!
Dr. Wholeness Vitamin D3 + K2- I love having a liquid Vitamin D3-K2 that I can give my kids, since they're not into swelling pills yet. Having adequate Vitamin D levels help to strengthen your immune system. A must for really keeping your body's immune system in tip top shape! I take a drop of this a day in the winter. I give my 4 year old a drop a couple times a week. Snag it here!
Doterra Breathe Oil- I actually received this from my friend Steph and love it. I had diffused this when my kids were sick with a cold and super congested. I also would take steamy showers with them to help open up the congestion and put a few drops in the shower to breathe in. It's a combination of Laurel Leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, Peppermint Plant, Melaleuca Leaf, Lemon Peel, Ravensara Leaf, and Cardamom Seed. I also will be using this when I need to do an aromatherapy steam session for headaches. I don't get headaches, usually only when pregnant. But I've found if I add this to boiling water and then wait a couple minutes, then put a towel over my head and breathe in for 15 minutes my headache will go away. It works every time! This Breathe Oil has all the essentials oils I would normally use and more! Get it here!
Peppermint Oil- This can be used to help bring down a fever sometimes. Don't put directly on skin with kids or babies dilute with a carrier oil like coconut oil or olive oil first. I apply it to the bottom's of feet and back of neck. Check out Peppermint Oil here.
Some Things You Might Not Find In The Medicine Cabinet-
You might not find these following things in the medicine cabinet but they're great holistic natural remedies to have in your back pocket for helping when sick.
Traditional Medicinal Teas- This is one tea brand I really love and trust. I always have their Throat Coat tea on hand, Ginger and their Peppermint tea. The Throat Coat is great for soothing sore throats. I'll add a teaspoon of honey for added benefit. Check it out here!
Vapor Rub- I really like ZOE Organic's Breathe Balm. We've used this before on our kid's chests when they are having congestion or a cough. You can also make your own too! Wellness Mama has a good recipe here.
Infrared Sauna- I didn't really realize the benefits for immune support until my sister in law was telling me about it. Then I looked it up and was amazed! Infrared Saunas raise core body temperature which helps to keep the immune system strong. They also can increase white blood cell counts too in some studies, which can represent a strong immune system.
Bone Broth- Not only can this help support a healthy immune system but it also can be a great way to get some nutrients when sick. Bone broth helps support a healthy gut with it's collagen and amino acids. Since we know that the majority of our immune system lives in the gut it's important to have a healthy gut. You can make your own bone broth here or buy this bone broth from Kettle and Fire here.
Wet Sock Treatment- This one my brother taught me. You put on a pair of wool socks, then you freeze a pair of regular cotton socks. Once frozen, put them on over the wool socks. Then sleep with them on overnight. I know it sounds crazy but it really does work! It quickly can bring down a fever, release pressure and make you feel better in the morning.
Get Sleep- It's no surprise that getting enough sleep is SO important. When you don't get proper sleep your immune system gets worn down and in turn so does your body.
Eat The Rainbow- Eating real food is going to be your best friend in keeping sickness out of your house. When we eat real food it's going to nourish and feed our bodies living cells that will in turn bring life to our body. I would stick to real foods and avoid processed foods so your body can function optimally.
Avoid Sugar- I know I just said to eat real food, but I had to also put avoid sugar! Sugar literally is going to bring your immune system down, making it harder to fight sickness.
Also, check out some other resources below for keeping your family healthy:
- Winter Wellness Podcast with my Naturopathic Doctor
- How To Identify and Clean Dirty Genes with Dr. Ben Lynch
So what's in your holistic medicine cabinet? I would love to hear what you always have on hand! Leave me a comment below!
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