Four Ways to Fight Germs, Naturally

The new school year has begun! We adore our little ones – but once school starts, you know the drill: they start bringing home all sorts of germs and bugs.

This makes “back to school” time an occasion to keep clean and protect both yourself and your kids. If you’re trying to do this in a simpler and more natural way, you’re in luck. There’s plenty of options!

Here are some of the best natural ways to keep germs at bay, and to protect yourself naturally from germs.

Natural Soaps

When it comes to fighting germs, washing your hands will always be number one. We recommend a natural-based soap like Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Lavender Hand Soap. There are plenty of soaps out there made with protective yet natural ingredients.

Some of these ingredients include antimicrobial essential oils, like peppermint, eucalyptus, or lavender. One of the greatest benefits of natural soaps: they’re quite gentle. Perfect for children and adults with sensitive skin.

Natural Hand Sanitizers

When there’s no direct access to water and hand soap, we’d recommend having a hand sanitizer nearby. Just like natural hand soaps, natural hand sanitizers are gentle and often even have skincare benefits – for both little and adult hands alike.

Many contain vegetable glycerin, vitamins, or aloe, all of which are natural ingredients that help soothe, pamper, and cleanse the skin. Germ-killing essential oils and natural alcohols are also added to halt pesky microbes in their tracks. The Honest Beauty Hand Sanitizer Spray (Fragrance-Free) is a great travel-sized option to throw in your bag or car.

Immune-boosting Herbs

Germ-fighting doesn’t just happen topically. A whole world of herbs and supplements can help control the effects of contagions, even after they’ve already taken hold… and when you’re already experiencing symptoms!

These natural remedies do their part by ramping up the immune system in your body, which can help fight the effects germs can have. They increase natural antibodies and T cells to fight infection though they cannot do something like “kill a cold” directly.

Many immune-boosting herbs and supplements are fully natural and gentle on the body, and some are safe even for children. Great supplements for fighting germs include turmeric, reishi mushroom, garlic, and many others, each being antioxidant-rich and nourishing to immunity. Read our blog post, 7 Immune-Boosting Herbs & Supplements, to learn more.

Vitamins and Minerals

Keeping the effects of germs and illnesses away can also be incredibly simple: as simple as cooking and eating healthy to make sure the whole family gets plenty of vitamins and minerals.

A healthy diet full of whole fruits and vegetables can accomplish this, as they do their own part in making sure immune systems are strong. But if you have concerns that your family might not be getting enough, a complex supplement full of all your daily nutrient needs can help. Make sure you opt for a vitamin supplement with vitamin C and vitamin E (like our Immune Daily), the most important vitamins for immunity!

As the new school year arrives, make sure you’re stocked up on the best natural ways to prevent germs at home. Both natural sanitary and health-boosting products are sure to do the trick, though be sure to see a doctor and turn to over-the-counter medicines if and when you or your kids do happen to get sick.

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Natural Remedies to Combat Spring Allergies

It’s that time of year. The sniffles start, followed by coughing, runny nose, itchy skin, and watery eyes. That’s right: it’s spring, and seasonal allergies won’t be too far behind.

You have a few choices. Yes, you can take that daily morning pill, and risk feeling drowsy— or, you can holistically support your immune system over the long term, which may help to reduce allergy symptoms over time.

But how is this possible? By trying allergy-fighting herbal supplements, of course. Talk to your doctor about these supplements if you’re tired of leaning on medications so much (though they won’t necessarily replace them).

It might be time to give some of these following spring allergy remedies a try— they may help, according to research.

Probiotics

Not many realize it, but the gateway to good immunity (and thus fighting allergies) can be through the gut. Naturally taking care of your digestive system with the help of probiotics is one of the most effective and gentlest ways to do this.

According to research, taking probiotics may help “modify” the immune system. Probiotics introduce bountiful new gut flora and boost the way your body deals with allergens— including the pollen from spring allergies, too.

Milk Thistle

If you’re familiar with milk thistle, then you know the seeds of the plant are great for the liver and detoxifying. Thanks to its liver benefits, milk thistle does something else that’s quite helpful for spring allergies in particular: it reduces inflammation.!

A compound extracted from milk thistle (called silibinin) may soothe inflammation caused by allergic reactions, according to research. It may also improve breathing and soothe itchiness, and not just for allergies— but for things like asthma and eczema, too.

Reishi Mushroom

Ever heard of reishi? This enormous woodland mushroom is a popular supplement. It’s known to support many different health systems, especially the immune system.

Taking it may help your allergies— that is, if you keep up on it daily. Studies suggest reishi helps lower both inflammation and histamine levels, with histamine being responsible for the sniffles, itchiness, and puffiness you get with spring allergies. As such, an herbal supplement with reishi may definitely be worth a try, even for something like sinusitis or hay fever.

Turmeric

This curry spice may have a lot to offer for allergy sufferers out there. Lots of research already shows turmeric can be one of the most helpful herbal supplements for types of inflammation, like arthritis. But it could help allergy inflammation, too.

One study on animals showed that turmeric helped soothe irritated airways. Sound familiar? That’s right: turmeric could help with spring allergies as well as the discomfort that comes with them. That said, taking turmeric every day could keep those allergies at bay.

Interested in trying one (or more) of these spring allergy remedies? Explore them in our many supplement formulas that contain them, including:

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