Once upon a time, I was very confused about the immune system and how to make it stronger, prevent colds, and help it do its job better. I probably believed that my immune dysfunction had nothing to do with the lifestyle choices I was making and food I was eating, and I simply needed more medications and “Cocoa Krispies” in my life (because it boosts your immune system you know). Let’s be real though, I had no clue.
Now I am much older, wiser, and learned (pronounced “learn-ed”) and I’ve become immune to the misleading propaganda that makes you think health can only be achieved if you take a pill, disinfect your drinking water with bleach, and drown yourself in Cheerios. As a matter of fact, I can’t remember the last time I got sick or took a pill for it and that’s probably because I cleaned up my medicine cabinet (and my idea of “medicine” in general) and made some major lifestyle changes.
Now, you should know, as a naturopath I don’t play when it comes to supplements, natural remedies, or anything wellness products. I don’t use toxic skin care products, pop medications for whatever it is that ails me (or my kids), or spend large amounts of money on things that don’t work. I also don’t support companies whose only bottom line is their bottom line.
Earthley has a simple mission: to change the way the world sees health care. To fulfill that mission, they’ve created skin and body care products, natural remedies, and herbal supplements that are completely clean and pure. They also strive to be affordable, so that everyone can have access to vibrant health.
This year, the only thing I’m changing with my natural medicine cabinet is that I’m adding all things Earthley to it. Why? Because their “Elderberry Elixer” is so much better than anything prevent-a-cold you’ll get in a syringe, “Immune-biotic” is about as immune-boosting as it gets, and their sinus saver, teeth tamer, and herbal extracts for all things cough are on point. Plus, I don’t have time to waste money on things that don’t work and neither do you.
Here are my favorite Earthley natural remedies, and why adding them to your arsenal is a good idea:
1. All Things Elderberry
Now I know you’ve been told that the best way to boost your immune system is by increasing your consumption of Kellogg’s Cocoa Krispies, but that is wrong and Cocoa Krispies are gross. Elderberry would be much more effective.
Elderberry is one of those nothing-short-of-amazing natural remedies that has been used since circa day one to treat colds, influenza, and sinusitis. Studies show that it is more effective at treating influenza A and B viruses than medications, is safer, relieves cold/flu symptoms, shortens the duration of a cold, prevents them in the first place, can counteract oxidative stress, stimulate the immune system, reduce uric acid levels, boost the activity of antioxidant enzymes, is antimicrobial, and is active against human pathogenic bacteria and influenza viruses. Homemade elderberry can be hard to come by these days and I haven’t the time to make my own tonics, so I stocked up on Earthley’s Elderberry Syrup DIY Kit and their Elderberry Elixer.
2. Earthley’s Immune-Biotic
Immune-Biotic is a remedy that contains herbs known for boosting the immune system, like elderflower, astragalus root, echinacea root, organic calendula, and dandelion root. Elderflower comes from the elderberry bush and we’ve already established that it’s amazing at all things immune system.
Astragalus is a medicinal herb commonly used to treat all sorts of diseases in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It has been shown in more than 400 studies to activate the immune system, inhibit inflammation, and to be an effective remedy for inflammatory diseases, cancers, and toxicity. Echinacea is anti-viral, prevents colds, and shortens their duration, and dandelion is famously known for its abilities to fight influenza.
Simply put, Immune-Biotic made the medicine cabinet because whether you get a cold, flu, or just want to prevent getting whatever the person who coughed on you has, this remedy contains something for it.
3. Teeth Tamer and Infant Tummy Relief
We all remember a few years ago when Hyland’s homeopathic teething tablets were abruptly removed from the shelves for absolutely no reason whatsoever. We also know what it’s like to stay up with a baby who has a gas, colic, or an awful stomach ache.
Earthley’s Teeth Tamer (an organic extract of catnip and whole cloves) and Infant Tummy Relief (an extract of organic ginger, fennel, and cloves) made the cut for these reasons — they are great alternatives to the traditional approach of practically doing nothing or giving toxic Tylenol, and they make babies happy. Happy babies mean less pain for them and more sleep for us. It’s pretty common sense.
4. Earache Ease
An ear infection is one of the most frequent ailments in babies and children, one of the most common reasons children visit a physician, and the most common reason prescription antibiotics are prescribed for children.
Ear infections often occur as a direct result of vaccinations (read the package inserts) or because of the natural shape and development of the eustachian tubes. “Earache Ease” contains mullein which is known for it’s ability to lessen pain and heal the ear. It is associated with almost zero side-effects when used properly and could prevent the use of antibiotics.
5. Magnesium Lotion and Arnica Salve
Magnesium is a mineral that performs over 300 functions in the body. Two of its most notorious benefits is that it can relieve pain and is a natural way to promote sleep. Using magnesium lotion allows the magnesium to be directly absorbed into the skin so it can directly penetrate the area affected, or if using for sleep, can bypass ingestion (which can be associated with loose stools).
Earthley’s Arnica salve is another popular remedy that’s commonly used for pain, cuts, and bruising. What I find most convenient about this form, is that it’s in a tube that can be carried with you and applied easily to the area.
6. Sinus Saver
Clogged sinuses, runny noses, sinus headaches, allergies and sinus colds are all too common during the fall/winter months. I love that Earthley created “Sinus Saver” to address all of these things. This tincture contains organic nettle leaf (which is great for allergies and rhinitis), wild-crafted elderberries, organic turmeric root, organic black pepper (a well-known sinus remedy and decongestant), and organic dandelion root that can be used for both children and adults.
The most common way our society addresses a cough is by taking an over-the-counter medication. The problem with this is that a cough is the body’s way of naturally getting mucus and pathogens out of the lungs. Instead of trying to suppress the cough, we need to address the root cause of the cough in the first place. Cough-Be-Gone is an herbal remedy that contains mullein leaf, fenugreek, and dandelion root. Take this remedy at the first sign of a cough to help the body fight whatever it’s fighting better and to soothe symptoms.
Using natural remedies doesn’t have to be complicated, and you don’t have to have a million things on hand to boost your immune system. Outside of a diet that is packed with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, keeping your medicine cabinet stocked with a few high quality and inexpensive herbal remedies, tinctures, and salves is an easy way to make sure you’re prepared for whatever hits you.
To upgrade your natural medicine cabinet and get your own herbal remedies, healing salves, skin care products, and elderberry kits, check out Earthley HERE.