2. Vitamin C. This a no-brainer for most. Everyone knows how good vitamin c is. We love to use Emergen-C as an immune booster and also at the first sign of sickness. It works great for back to school germs! My kids also love to drink it because it tastes great. My favorite flavors are tangerine, pink lemonade, and Acai berry!
3. GSE. Otherwise known as grapefruit seed extract, this stuff is powerful! Remember when I talked earlier about my husbands soar throats? This is his remedy: he mixes up a glass of emergen-c and adds about 5 drops of GSE (we never use the recommended amount on the bottle because it is SO strong). He does this the minute he starts feeling sick and repeats the process several times during the day and the next day until he feels better. One time I loaned our GSE to a friend and the next day he called me from work and said,”Where is our GSE?? I went to use it this morning cuz I was feeling sick and it wasn’t there. Now it’s getting worse!” A word of caution, though, this stuff does not taste good, but we found if added to orange juice, it’s undetectable! My kids never know when I give it to them this way, but otherwise they REFUSE to take it.
……10. Coconut oil. We have started buying this in bulk. I use it in cooking and diluting essential oils, and for dry skin. If you look up its benefits (here’s a really good post on the health benefits of coconut oil and a bonus DIY shave scrub) you’ll see they are almost endless. My favorite? I love to use it on my newborn babies for cradle cap. I rub it in really good, let it sit for about 15 minutes, gently scrape as much of the cradle cap as I can with a baby comb, wash really well, and then apply coconut oil again after. After a couple of times doing this, it is usually gone. I had a new mom stop by my house once out of desperation because he didn’t know what to do for her babies cradle cap, I sent her home with some coconut oil and she was so happy with the results!
11. Oscillococcinum. I was so happy when I found this for the flu. If you think I’m crazy, look it up. It’s a homeopathic that you take at the first signs of flu. So easy. Just tiny little sweet pellets that melt under your tongue. Last flu season, we gave this a try and I was amazed at how much it shortened the duration of the flu and made the symptoms so much easier to handle. I know this because my husband was the first one to get it and I forgot to give him this until it was too late and he was miserable and out of work for 2 weeks straight. When the kids and I started showing signs, I immediately started using this and we never had it NEARLY as bad. I am definitely keeping this one in stock!! They also have a children’s formula.
12. Magnesium. With my last pregnancy, I could not live without magnesium. It was the first time I had tried it. Someone told me it was great for alleviating constipation (what pregnant mom hasn’t experienced that??) and also restless leg syndrome. I found this powdered kind that you drink to work MUCH better than capsules. Not only did I have less incidents with restless leg that pregnancy, but it totally kept me regular AND THIS IS THE BEST PART: my hip pain while sleeping went WAY down. Instead of turning from one side to the next every 15 minutes, I could go hours. That was a lifesaver. There are so many other benefits from magnesium but those are my favorites.