natural remedies to boost your immune system

now that I’m a mom – and one that breastfeeds – I have to extra careful with what I put in my body.  Did you know that Nyquil decreases milk supply?  And sage?

In my previous life I cooked with sage (double check your Italian Seasonings) and took Nyquil without thinking anything of it.  Now, I read labels (“if pregnant or breastfeeding…”) and if those labels tell me to call a doctor, I do it.

Two days ago I felt a cold coming on.  While normally healthy, I think a combination of weather and lack of sleep (4-month sleep regression, anyone?) weakened my immune system.  That night I reached for the Nyquil – and saw the dreaded text…  So, I skipped the Nyquil and called our Pediatrician the next morning.  Nyquil contains 3 major ingredients, 2 are okay but the third causes a decrease in milk supply.  I don’t know about you, but even though I have a good supply I never want to risk it.

I had to get creative.  I had to figure out a way to feel better, naturally.  So, I took it back to the basics.

If you’re breastfeeding or prefer a natural/homeopathic approach to combating illness, try these remedies:

Raw honey, lemon, and garlic shots: this simple (and actually, tasty) shot helps supercharge your immune system.  Take one or two of these per day during peak flu activity when viral transmission is at its highest (usually January-March).  Recipe/Source


Neti Pot:  Even though it’s an awkward feeling and totally unsexy, I love my Neti Pot.  The Neti Pot is used to help wash the nasal cavity and flush out excess mucus and debris from the nose and sinuses.  Salt water flushing can also loosen and thin the mucus, making it easier to expel. Without this build-up of mucus, the tiny cilia, or hairs in the nasal passage are able to function more efficiently, pushing excess mucus either to the back of the throat or to the nose to be expelled. (source)

Salt-Water Gargle: An oldie but a goodie.  If you have a sore throat, make a salt-water gargle by mixing a teaspoon of salt in a small glass of warm water.  Gargle for 30 seconds and spit out (do not swallow).

Clear My Head Herbal Inhalation:  CMH is a custom blend of seven pure essential oils and all natural herbs.  It helps open sinuses and inhibits airborne pathogens.
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Take a hot, steamy bath
Drink lots of water (hydration is key)
Sip hot water with honey to help soothe a sore throat

Well, I’m off to take a steamy shower while sipping hot water honey, gargling a salt-water, and neti-potting.  I’ll end my night with a raw honey, lemon, and garlic shot.  Who needs wine when I have shots of garlic?!

Here’s to hoping this helps…



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  1. I hope you feel better! I know it isn’t warm and soothing but juicing helps too. Carrots, apples and oranges are always great.

  2. Ahhh yes, I remember the breastfeeding and EVERYTHING depleting my supply! Hope the home remedies work for you!!

  3. So glad you commented on my site so I could find yours!!!! Although I don’t have to worry about milk supply, I do like natural remedies. So keeping this!

  4. My mom always told us to eat an orange a day during winter months, this will help us to stay healthy. So far it worked this winter. Hope you feel better very soon!

  5. This post couldn’t have come at a better time for me. The cayenne added to the lemon shots give it a nick extra kick. Been hooked on them of late. Gives me a boost and better overall feeling. Thanks for sharing Melody!

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