If you’re new to using herbs and other natural remedies, but you want to start somewhere, now is the perfect time to get going.
School is back in session and cold and flu season are just around the corner. This is the time of the year to start focusing on making sure our kids immune systems are strong and healthy so they can withstand the increase in viral illnesses that come along with colder weather.
Today I want to talk about 5 things you can be doing that will help your child’s immune system to be strong and healthy… naturally of course. So if you’re looking for ideas on how to do this or if your child seems to be sick constantly throughout the year, this post is for you!
5 Ways To Naturally Boost Your Child’s Immune System
So where do you start when it comes to keeping your kid healthy so they have a properly functioning immune system?
You begin when your child is healthy! Yes, when they are NOT sick. Like now.
Below I’ll be discussing 5 areas to focus on to help your child have a healthy immune system as well as sharing resources that can help you do it.
Each of these areas are listed in order of priority. If you try to skip the harder parts and cut to the easier stuff, you may get some decent results, but not the results you’re looking for.
The first step, the very foundation, of having a strong immune system is nutrition, and most times a balanced, real food diet will do the trick at providing your child’s body with the nutrients it needs.
If you need some help in this area, I’d advise you to start now and slowly replace processed foods with real foods, eat out less often and cook from home more, try meal planning, and prep meals ahead of time if time is an issue for you.
2. Good Hygiene
The second step, which is another foundation to a strong immune system, is good hygiene. You need to teach kids when and how to wash their hands. Not only is it just plain clean and healthy to wash your hands at appropriate times, but it can really cut down on catching the crud that goes around this time of the year. Gross!
If washing hands isn’t an option, using an essential oil hand sanitizer when you’re in a pinch is the next best option.
3. Toxic-Free Environment
Okay, so I know it’s pretty difficult to avoid all toxins these days, but when it comes to keeping your kids body strong and healthy, cutting back on unnecessary toxins in the home environment can play a huge role in helping their immune system function as it was made to. This includes too many electromagnetic frequencies, toxins in skin care products and household cleaners, as well as toxins in their foods.
Make or buy your own skincare products and household cleaners, turn your wi-fi off at night and use a defender pad on your tablets and laptops, shop organic when it comes to the dirty dozen and cut WAY back on processed foods. These three simple things will go far when it comes to your health!
4. Internal Supplements
Okay, so if you’re at this point, you’re saying that your kid eats a nutritious diet, washes their hands correctly at all the right times, and isn’t overly exposed to lots of toxins in the home environment.
The next thing to consider when it comes to a properly functioning immune system is internal supplements.
My first recommendation would be my Ultimate Immune Boosting Elderberry Syrup. Not only does it contain herbs that have been shown to boost the immune system by increasing white blood cell production in the body, but it contains herbs that are stimulating and have a lot of vitamin c in them as well. Stimulating herbs help to warm the body up and get the blood moving, and when the blood gets moving, the immune system can fight faster. Plus, vitamin c is one of the best vitamins at boosting the immune system and can help to decrease the duration and severity of viral illnesses.
My second recommendation would be echinacea root tincture (alcohol-free version here). Echinacea has been shown in many studies to increase white blood cell production and is a great herbal remedy to take during the first 24 hours of a cold. It really helps to rev the body up and get the immune system moving to fight off whatever has hit you.
5. External Supplements
Now when it comes to external supplements, my go-to is diffusing essential oils.
Not only is diffusing essential oils the safest and most popular way to use essential oils, but it works to get the oil’s chemicals into the blood stream quickly which means they can stimulate the body into action fast.
My first recommendation when diffusing essential oils would be to use them to detox or clean the air, and this would be more as a preventative or to keep a sickness from spreading. I’d do this by using oil blends like Plant Therapy’s KidSafe Germ Destroyer synergy blend as it discourages pathogens that may be in the air of settling on the surfaces in your home.
My next recommendation would be to use an essential oil blend like Plant Therapy’s KidSafe Immune Boom if a cold or illness were going around in your community or if someone else in your family were sick. This would help to encourage the immune system to rev up so it could fight off whatever it’s exposed to quicker than if you didn’t use it.
Does This Mean My Kid Won’t Get Sick If I Boost Their Immune System
So you may be wondering… if you follow these 5 healthy steps that benefit your child’s immune system, will your child NOT get sick.
The answer is, “No… they could still get sick… but it’s less likely.”
These 5 steps are not “for sure” ways to keep your kid from getting a cold. They are natural options to help your child be and stay as healthy as possible.
Kid’s immune systems are growing… learning may be a better word… every day in ways that help them to better function in their surroundings. This growth helps their immune system to defend their bodies against outside invaders. It takes time and exposure to do it well which is why adults are sick less often than children.
I also think it’s important to know that the body’s immune system is a very intricate system and that it’s well-designed to keep the body from harm. Most times, it’s already working really well and doesn’t need much help from us at all. Our job as parents is to provide our children with environments that keep their bodies healthy so that they continue to work as they were created to. When we feed out kids good food, we provide environments they can thrive in, and we teach them how to minimize exposure to germs, we’re doing a lot to help them stay healthy with those simple actions.
You’re not always going to be able to keep your kids from becoming ill when you boost their immune system, but your efforts it can help to decrease the severity and duration of the illness.
Now it’s your turn. What do you do to boost your child’s immune system in preparation for back to school or cold and flu season. Let me know your tips in the comment section below!
This post was underwritten by Plant Therapy. All opinions are mine. Plant Therapy offers 100%, pure, undiluted essential oils sourced from some of the top essential oil suppliers in the world. They have single oils and synergy blends as well as a line of synergy blends specific to children. Not only do they offer high-quality essential oils, but they also offer carrier oils, hydrosols, and other essential oil accessories to help you keep yourself and your home naturally healthy.