With all of the germs we expose ourselves to on a daily basis, it’s nice to give our bodies a little boost. Who has time to be sick? Not me! Here are a few ways to keep a cold away… or at least to decrease the amount of sick time we need in order to get back to 100 percent!

My family and I travel very often. Anytime we’re preparing for a trip, I’m always looking for ways to boost my children’s immune systems. Now that school is in session and the weather is getting colder, I use some of my favorite immune boosting tricks on a daily basis!

Every morning I give my children their vitamins C and D, a digestive enzyme, and most important, a children’s chewable probiotic. If their colon is clear and they’re using the bathroom regularly, I’m confident their bodies are getting all of the proper nutrition it needs to fight off common colds and viruses. One of my favorite immune boosting essential oil mixes is specifically for the cold and flu. Here it is:

Immune Boost Rub

Rub down spine and bottoms of feet every 10mins first hour, every 20mins for the second hour, then every hour after as much as possible.

When they do come down with a cold, I give them a teaspoon of elderberry syrup twice a day and continue with their probiotic, antiviral rub and vitamins. I make sure they’re drinking plenty of water and will even add Raw Organic Apple cider vinegar, honey and lemon to further increase hydration. Although I already do not allow my kids to eat a lot of sugary foods and juices, I especially cut back on this if they have a cold. They really enjoy hot tea and crackers in bed. The most important ingredients to fighting colds are lots of love, cuddles, hugs and sleep!

I also enjoy essential oil infused baths, which can also help with detoxing!

Detox Bath

Pour this mix into running bath water. After mixing, let sit for 20 minutes

About the author

Monique Samuels

When I was a little girl, my aunt introduced me to her holistic approach for healthy living. Whenever I was sick, she always had a natural remedy. When I became a mom, I remembered my aunt’s recipes, and sought out to find additional solutions. I soon discovered essential oils and began creating my own natural remedies for everything from the common cold, nasal congestion and earaches, to helping my children get a good night’s sleep. I started sharing these discoveries with friends, and before long I was receiving calls, emails and texts every day from friends who were searching for help, which led me to creating this site.

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  • Just heard about this site I’m so excited to learn more I just started using essential oils I have many chronic diseases I’m fighting and I chose to go 100% natural last great after my 5th surgery

  • I love that you aren’t anti western medicine but use the natural way first. Since using essential oils with my family, I have found needing western mediciation less and less. Thank you for sharing what works for you and your family.

  • Thanks for this site. It seems most doctors only want to prescribe medicines which all have side effects. Is possible to have step by step videos of people demonstrating how to prepare and use essential oils for ear infections and etc. Where is the best place to purchase pure essential oils?

  • Monique you ARE the coolest and most real housewife in Potomac. I love your honesty, maturity and truly loving intentions towards your castmates. You knew it wouldn’t be easy being on the show, you are a very intelligent woman, but you knew it would be a great way to instantly get yourself and your parenting and healthy living philosophies out to the world. I am going to continue to watch you and read your blog. I too love essential oils and enjoy reading your blog. If you could also give us some beauty tips using the essential oils, that would be great.

  • yes im glad to see somthing other then pills im a grandmom amost 60 everytime i go to the doctor they give me more pill and im sick of it back when i was a kid we used natural remindies and im gonna start doing it again thank you for your help by putting these oils together i can follow your receipies and began to feel better without the side effects of all that junk medication.

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