It’s rare for me to get sick these days. When I do, it generally doesn’t last more than a day or two.
Here’s the First Aid Kit I use to get back on my feet quickly, particularly for colds and flus, so you can test it out for yourself.
Wish Garden Herbs Kick-Ass Immune Activator
I’ll take this at the first sign of any cold or flu and then continue for a day or so after my symptoms are gone.
I almost always use the Kick-Ass Immune Activator. The only times I don’t, are when I don’t have it on hand (e.g. if I’m traveling and can’t get it). I will warn you that many people think it tastes pretty awful, at least at first (it doesn’t bother me anymore), so I’d recommend chasing it with something more palatable.
Stress of any type depletes your body’s supply of Vitamin C (your body uses Vitamin C to counteract the stress), so you want to replenish regularly.
There are lots of different options out there, so pick whichever form you like best. I generally have a few packets of Emergen-C on hand as a backup. While it’s not the best source, it’s easy to use and very portable. It’s also tends to be very easy to find when traveling.
Herbs, Etc. ChlorOxygen
ChlorOxygen is generally used to help you adjust to higher altitudes, but I find it helps boost my immune system as well.
I’ll often add about 1 dropper-full to 8 oz of water and add in some Vitamin C. This combination masks the taste of the ChlorOxygen, and anecdotally, taking the two together seems to boost their effectiveness. I took them separately for a long time, and noticed a significant shift when I started combining them. It’s certainly worth testing out for yourself.
Fresh Ginger Root
Ginger root is great for cold, flus, stomach bugs, nausea, sore throats and more.
I prefer to use fresh ginger root when I have it available. I’ll either slice it into very thin slices, or grate it into a mug. Then I’ll poor some hot (not boiling) water on it and allow it to steep. In a pinch, dried ginger root will work, though not as well as the fresh stuff.
For sore throats, adding a touch of honey is also helpful.
Thayers Slippery Elm Lozenges
Slippery Elm is great for sore throats or raspy coughs.
These lozenges have added sugars in them so you’ll want to limit how much you use, but for those few days I might need them, they work really well.
Thieves Essential Oil by Young Living Essential Oils
This essential oil blend is a great anti-microbial that is all natural and doesn’t promote antibiotic resistance.
You can get the oil itself or a hand sanitizer with the oil it. You can even buy Thieves toothpaste and household cleaners.
Quick note: Other companies have their own version of this essential oil blend, so you don’t necessarily need to stick with YL.
Using a neti pot can be incredibly helpful for stuffed up noses, runny noses, allergies, etc. When you use a neti pot, you’re basically pouring salt water into one nostril and allowing it to run out the other nostril.
There are different options here as well, so go with what works best for you, and always follow the instructions that come with the neti pot you have.
A final note:
As always, you’ll want to check with your health care professional to make sure these are ok for you to take. For most people they’re perfectly fine to take, but they can be contraindicated.