Winter essentials for a healthy Home & immune system

With fall turning into winter, the one thing I don’t look forward to is the arrival of flu season- and over the years, I’ve turned my focus on keeping my family’s immune system healthy and strong to fight off the bacteria and viruses all around us, rather than tending to the colds. Being proactive about preventative care tends to decrease the amount of time our household is sick, which is a win-win for everyone :).

Although we’re not against antibiotics and medicine, I do reach for the natural remedies and solutions for the everyday preventative care. Here are the four essentials we keep around at home:

winter essentials for healthy home and immune

1.Elderberry Syrup- I came across this years ago and wondered why more people don’t know about it. The main ingredients in this syrup is the elderberries and these little guys are filled with vitamin C, antioxidants and bioflavonoids (like quercitin that relieves inflammation) and other beneficial ingredients.  To summarize, studies have shown that a daily dose of this syrup helps our bodies fight off colds and flu. Even if you do get sick, taking a dose of this syrup every 2-3 hours may shorten recovery time and lessen severe symptoms.

  • more vitamin C than oranges
  • High in Fiber and Vitamin A
  • Bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell (2)
  • holds anti-inflammitoray and anti-viral properties
  • High in antioxidants

I’ve been using this recipe to make the syrup for about three years now. It’s simple enough to make, and if you make 2-3 batches at a time, it should last you the entire fall/winter season.

2. Essential Oils- There’s a lot of misunderstanding about the power/benefits of oils and skepticism that comes with its uses, but after being introduced to oils 4 years ago, and trying it for myself, I’m a forever believer. “Essential oil contains the “essence” of the plant’s fragrance and contain the chemical components that naturally occur in plants, which can help our bodies heal themselves. They are highly concentrated properties of the herb or plant they are derived from” (1). Although oils are a powerful way to help keep your family healthy, they are not meant to replace medical care. Educate yourself about the benefits and the dangers of oils, afterall, even too much of honey could be harmful for an individual. The two main factors to keep in mind when purchasing/using oils is the quality of the oil (not adultured, in its purest form), and the proper use of the oil (always use with a carrier oil & test on small patch of skin first). Today I use oils from Pure Haven Essentials- all the oils are USDA organic certified ,extracted only by cold pressed and steam distilled extraction processes, and never contain pesticides, synthetics, fillers, chemicals, or carrier oils. These are the oils that are used most often during flu season:

PUREhaven essential oils

  • Tea Tree Oil– Respiratory support, immune system support
  • Be Well Blend– Respiratory support, Air freshener
    • Blend of Lemon, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree and Peppermint.
  • Five Defense Blend– Respiratory support, Immune System Support, air freshener
    • Blend of Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Rosemary, Lavender and Eucalyptus
  • Peppermint Oil– Immune system support, respiratory support, fever reducer, stomach soothing

(To purchase oils visit head to shop and enter Consultant ID# 11331)

How to use:

  • Mix 1-2 drops of oil with a carrier oil (jojoba oil, coconut oil are the most popular)
    • Rub on bottoms of feet, along spine, and under jaw/throat area, on chest
  • Pour 1-3 drops in tissue of cotton ball and inhale deeply
  • Add 3-5 drops of oil in diffuser to clean the air in your home
  • bring water to a boil, then remove from heat. Next, add 1–2 drops to the water and diffuse for 15 minutes.

3. Probiotics- Another way to support a healthy immune system is to make sure you have a healthy gut. With the overflow of processed foods, antibiotics (kill both good and bad bacteria), and so many other things that affect our gut health, it’s important to be proactive in maintaining a healthy gut. I remember reading that more than 70% of a person’s immune system is found in your gut. For that matter, eating foods that promote good bacteria in your gut is important!

garden of life probiotics for kids

There are two main ways of ingesting probiotics- through foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kombucha, etc… and through supplements.

At our home, we try to keep kefir and yogurt stocked in the fridge, but I also started pouring some of the Garden of Life Probiotic over Amelia’s oatmeal in the morning, and taking supplements for the adults.

Garden of life probiotics

4. Boo Boo stick– We keep at least 2-3 of these little guys around at our home at all times. From soothing cuts and dry skin, to helping with chapped, frost bitten skin, it’s one of those miracle workers here at this home. Loaded with botanicals like calendula, neem, and rose hip oil, this balm is used almost daily.


  • rub under nose to treat cracked/chapped skin
  • rub on hands to treat dry skin & cuts

*this product has arnica flower which is not recommended for pregnant and nursing mothers

PUREhaven essentials boo boo stick

(To purchase oils visit head to shop and enter Consultant ID# 11331)

Long post for just four essentials, but I hope this information is helpful.Here’s to healthy, strong immune systems and homes for the whole family this coming season!



(1) PUREhaven Essentials FAQ about Essential Oils

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