Natural Ways To Boost Your Immune System.

Lately I have been looking into ways to naturally boost our families immune systems. Being Emetophobic, this time of year makes me fraught with anxiety. It seems that every conversation I overhear whilst waiting outside of the school or every other facebook status is about someone being ill.

So I've been researching what foods, drinks and aromatherapy oils will help build our immune systems up. I decided to share some of what I've found. Some of it I think is basic common sense but since I'm new to this healthier, natural way of living, I'm taking all the information I can get a the moment..

Eat Fresh Fruit & Veg - If you can eat it raw then do! Aim for 5-8 portions a day. I really need to work on this!

Eat some form of Protein everyday - Antibodies that help fight disease are made out of protein. Try beef, chicken or pork Also Almonds and Cashew nuts are an excellent form of protein.

Exercise Daily - Try to take a ten minute walk at least twice a day. This gets the antibodies and white blood cells moving faster. Avoid high intensity activity such as marathon running or high intensity gym training as this could decrease white blood cells.

Reduce Stress Levels - Stress can suppress the immune system. Try to cook with Olive Oil as this contains healthy fats which act as a lubricant for the cells which improves flexibility and communication between them which in turn will promote immune function. Teas such as Peppermint or Chamomile are good for helping stress.

Sugar Suppresses the Immune System - Sugars that are found in almost all processed foods and drinks contain harmful sugars which suppresses the immune system. Try to eat fresh foods and organic where possible.

Foods & Herbs To Boost The Immune System - Onions, Horseradish and Garlic are good foods to eat to boost the immune system. You could also try the following -
Chamomile, Siberian Ginseng, Wild Indigo, Stinging Nettle, Rosemary and Peppermint.
Also Vitamin D3, C and Zinc are also known for helping with the immune system.

Add Mint To A Bath - This stimulates antibodies and kills bacteria that may have accumulated in the mucous membranes.

Water, Water and More Water! - I think this is the most obvious one of all. We all know the reasons for drinking as much water as possible. Good skin and hair, hydration and flushes the kidneys out. Try to drink at least 8 glasses a day.


As well as looking at different foods and herbs to try I've also been researching different Aromatherapy Oils that could help. I've found a few different oils that you can mix together and make massage oils or you could even put them in the bath. Here is one for a general Immune System Boost. 

6 drops of Lavender Oil
6 drops of Bergamot Oil
3 drops of Lemon Oil
2 ounces of Vegetable Oil

Combine all these ingredients together. Use as a general massage oil or apply to a specific area, For example if you suffer with a lot of coughs then apply it to the chest. Use several times a day whilst trying to boost that immune systems of yours! 

I'm going to try and implement all of these things into our daily lives. I'd love to know if you have any tips for how you keep your family healthy during this season?

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