How Our Family Heals Holistically

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. This information is not to replace medical advice. This is to give you tips through my experience of what has worked for my family.

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So, it’s that time of year again when a bunch of gnarly germs are going around, and we spend the most part of three months fighting off viruses. (Yay!)

If you’re like me, you hate being sick, and you need to keep up with a busy lifestyle. So what can you do to heal quickly, without taking drugs, or buying over the counter medications that have unknown ingredients in them?

Over the past two years, our family has had our fair share of mild colds (and a strong flu that lasted two weeks). So, we have had an opportunity to get some-what familiar with holistic healing, and what works for us. A HUGE help over these years has been our fantastic holistic doctor. If you can, find yourself a trustworthy holistic doctor! {Our holistic doctor is also a medical doctor who practices out of her own office. She has been a god send.}

Many people who are choosing to live more naturally are choosing not to take their children to see ANY kid of doctor. And while I understand the reasons behind it, I personally feel better knowing that I have an educated person who I trust to check on my child when she is starting to get scary sick. (But, of course, if I couldn’t find a holistic doctor, I probably wouldn’t have taken her to see a medical doctor as our beliefs would constantly clash).

With that said, let’s get into some healing remedies! Here are a few things that help us during cold season:

  • Take care of yourself ~Of course! I know this sounds predictable, but it’s true. If we are out of balance, don’t get adequate sleep, water, and healthy foods, we will get sick more often. It’s nature.
  • Know when you are catching something, and take ACTION ~ If you can feel your body is aching, and under the weather, like a bug is getting into your system DO SOMETHING about it! Don’t wait. If you boost your immune system, and rest, at the FIRST sign of a cold, you can avoid getting the cold all together, or have a less severe cold.
  • Always boost your immune system, even when not sick. Once a week, drink a cup of Echinacea tea, or take Echinacea. Also take Vitamin D3, especially in the winter as we are getting less sunlight. Stay hydrated. Get moderate exercise. Lots of sleep.

Ok, so maybe you got caught up in life’s chaos and lost balance, and got sick. Or maybe you did these things, and you still got sick! (It happens!)

What are some holistic remedies?

Remember the 3 E’s: Echinacea, Elderberry, & Eucalyptus

(Echinacea & Elderberry are most effective during onset of a cold)

What are they used for?

CONGESTION: Boil a few drops of Eucalyptus oil in a pot of water and breath in the steam, this will open you up. You can also mix 1 drop per TBSP of olive oil and use as a chest rub.

FLU FIGHTER: Elderberry has been known to be a good support against a virus, such as the flu. Elderberry comes in syrup for adults and kids, or you can make your own. It can be found at your local health food store. Sambuscus Brand makes a kid Elderberry syrup.

IMMUNE SUPPORT: Echinacea is good to boost your immune system. For the kids you can find “Sweet Echinacea” by Herbs for Kids. It comes in a dropper and tastes yummy. *Echinacea also lessons the symptoms of the cold. For me, when I take it, I find that I have less body aches and pains.

FEVER: If you haven’t heard this already, having a fever is a GOOD thing. The body is doing what it needs to do to get rid of the virus. If you have a fever try to stay warm, and under blankets, or take a warm bath. Do what you can to deal with the body aches and pains that come with a fever. A day or two of a fever is normal. Kaia usually reaches about 102F for two days, and then it always comes down. If the fever gets too high, or the pain is too severe you can always give your child some kind of fever reducer like Motrin (sometimes children can have seizures if a fever gets too high).


What other things are helpful?

iphone11222014 238COCONUT WATER: For hydration, and electrolytes!

ORANGES: Vitamin C

GARLIC: Is known to be a natural antibiotic. You can eat it raw (if you can take the poignancy) OR you can boil and eat it cooked. For ear pressure, or ear infection you can use garlic in the ear. You can either cut a garlic clove in half to put on outside of your ear (like a head phone) OR you can look up a ear drop recipe online. (I have actually stopped eating garlic in my day-to-day life, and now think of it as a medicinal food only).

GINGER: Is an immune system booster and has a warming effect on the body! You can get fresh ginger pinkys and boil them in your soup or tea!

SHITAKE MUSHROOMS: Are known to be healing. (They have amazing benefits if you do some research.)

COCONUT OIL: Works well on dry, cracked skin around the nose (from rubbing it with tissues).

Vitamin D3: Immune system booster!


Ok, so what about Raw Foods? Raw VS Cooked food while sick

It makes sense to eat raw foods while sick. They are healthiest, and have tons of vitamins. BUT for some reason, raw and cold foods are not appealing while sick. When I am sick I crave warm foods, like broths, soups, and teas. So this is what I eat. I listen to my body.

I drink lots of vegetable broths. Sometimes I’ll make my own, but if I am not feeling up to it I will buy pre-made low/no sodium vegetable broth.

The tea that I drink is Yogi Cold Season Tea, or anything with Echincaea that is Organic.

It’s very important to stay hydrated!

What about for kids?

It can be a challenge to feed a child who is ill. I never force foods on Kaia. Sometimes being ill makes you not want to eat. I always make sure to keep her hydrated though. Lucky for me, Kaia is still nursing, so I don’t have to worry too much about her.

I have found that the greatest cold combater for Kaia has been nursing. It comforts her, keeps her hydrated, keeps her nourished, and gives her antibodies against the virus. If you can, nurse your child for as long as you can. The benefits they received while ill is absolutely amazing. I don’t know what I would do without it.





32 oz vegetable broth

8 shitake mushrooms

1-2 cups packed spinach

4 garlic cloves (or more if you want it to be very garlicy)

3 stalks celery


Instructions: Boil the vegetable broth in a big pot, chop the garlic glove then add to the broth for 5 minutes, then chop the celery and add in broth and boil for 3 minutes, then add the shitake mushrooms (stemmed and cut), and then finally add the spinach for 5 minutes more minutes. (Total stewing time about 15-20 minutes) Take off heat, let cool. Enjoy!


 Some other tips:

Learn the difference between a viral and bacterial infection. Only take Antibiotics when absolutely necessary.

Viruses can take 2 days or 2 weeks to go through the system – as long as you (or your child) are feeling better and not worse don’t panic! Sometimes when our children are sick we can start getting anxiety. Panicking doesn’t help. Stay calm and know that your child is going to be ok, and take the steps in helping their bodies heal. 🙂

Do your own research! Look up all of the things I mentioned and get a full understanding of the benefits, side effects, etc,



Be sure to rest, and get as much sleep as possible. Limit screen exposure as to rest the mind, as well as the body.


Ok everyone, I hope this has helped you or gave you some ideas to help your family heal! I hope you have a healthy cold season, and if you’re already sick… get well soon! 🙂







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