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I don’t know what it is about this time of year, but like a squirrel I feel like I should be stocking up on the essentials. I make bulk purchases of grains, beans, and coconut oil. I buy more toilet paper than I normally would and garner funnier looks than usual from the lady behind the cash register. (I wonder what her face would look like if I told her about our “composting” toilet).

And I generally replenish our usual stash of herbal and natural remedies.

I’m really excited to be growing more of our herbal medicines. Truth be told, some of these medicinal herbs were the easiest things to grow in this harsh climate and many of them are perennials, which is always exciting to me.

Along with our homegrown oregano, mullein, and a few others I’ve been meaning to tell you about, I like to keep some immune-boosting stuff on hand. I am definitely more interested in staying healthy and keeping the immune system strong with real food, plants, and good quality supplements than heading to the doctor with sick little ones. Then again, isn’t everybody?

With all of the hype at this time of year surrounding whatever current epidemic is going around the globe, I’m happy to find a common sense approach to generally aiding your immune system against all types of illness in this article. It reiterates some things we’ve done off and on for years that I may have gotten slack on, and is a helpful reminder to me to keep things on hand.

With that in mind, here is our latest stash of immune-boosting foods, herbs, and supplements:

Foods

Herbs & Plants

  1. Lemon
  2. Lavender
  3. Tea Tree
  4. Clove (I was happy to find it 20% off this month!)
  5. Cinnamon
  6. Rosemary
  7. Eucalyptus

(Boy howdy, am I ever not interested in joining in on the big essential oils debate. I’ve used several brands, including both of the big MLM brands, and liked some and not others. We use Mountain Rose Herbs oils most frequently, mostly because I trust and respect their company, their products, and their overall mission to bring all forms of herbal medicine to folks.)

Supplements

We generally like to put more emphasis on foods and plants, but we also like to be realistic about times when our diet isn’t ideal. So, this is our general list.

Did we miss something? What do you eat/make/take to keep your immune systems up?

mullein

This is part two of a series. You can see part one, Oregano, here.

I hadn’t heard much about mullein in my earliest studies of herbal medicine. I now believe there were two reasons for that. For one, it’s not one of the big heal-all cahoonas like elderberry, garlic, and echinacea that everyone talks about. I think some also consider it a weed (!), which furthers my theory that one man’s weed is another man’s food or medicine… or toilet paper?

For those of us interested in self-sufficiency, what if you could grow toilet paper? But first, let’s talk about mullein as herbal medicine.
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