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:
- Bone broth
- Vegetable Ferments
- Milk Kefir
- Raw milk and Eggs (two of my Five Agrarian Foods to Eat Every Day)
- Cod Liver Oil
Herbs & Plants
- Elderberry (either the powder to mix into smoothies and such or this syrup)
- Oregano (homegrown and concentrated)
- Mullein (homegrown or extract)
- Echinacea (this one for the children)
- Essential Oils. When we can, we usually keep these on hand:
- Tea Tree
- Clove (I was happy to find it 20% off this month!)
(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.)
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.