Cold and Flu season can be hard to avoid but there are many natural ways to help prevent or relieve symptoms

Vitamins to consider

Vitamin C: Helps shorten the duration of colds and decrease the number of colds physically active people get

Vitamin D3 + K2: Studies show that the majority of people are deficient in vitamin D. Increasing the amount of vitamin D in your body will help genes within the immune system function more efficiently

Zinc: Having antiviral effects, zinc helps lessens the symptoms of the virus you have, getting you better faster, and stronger. Making sure you do not take too much zinc is important. Since it is a trace mineral, your body only needs a small amount

Herbs that help relieve symptoms 

Echinacea: This is important to take right away when you first develop symptoms. This herb helps your body fight off infections and lowers inflammation. Ways to consume echinacea are through tablets or cups of echinacea tea 

Elderberry: This herb is shown to deactivate the flu virus and strengthen immunity. Studies also show that elderberry attacks the flu virus to reduce inflammation

Essential oils to consider 

Peppermint: Its main active ingredient is menthol which is an effective decongestant. It thins mucus, is a good expectorant, and soothes and calms sore throats 

Frankincense: Has great antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties that can drastically shorten the duration of your colds. It is also an expectorant

Clove: Adds warmth as well as opens nasal airways which improves breathing. Similar to frankincense, it is an antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory which can neutralize germs 

*Rub essential oils on your neck and the bottoms of your feet  

*Dilute in fractionated coconut oil if needed 

*Children shouldn’t directly apply essential oils to their skin 

Ages 3-24 months: 0.25% dilution 

Ages 2-6 years: 1% dilution 

Ages 6-15 years: 1.5% dilution 

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