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7 Natural Supplements to Boost Your Immune System

Spring is just around the corner, but that doesn’t mean we should give up on protecting our immune systems, especially with the threat of the coronavirus looming. I’ve been taking extra measures with some natural supplements the past couple of weeks in order to make sure that I don’t catch a cold, and so that my immune system continues to be built up.

With the rise and fall of spring temperatures, our bodies are more vulnerable to colds, allergies, or even the flu. To avoid this, we can boost our immune systems with natural supplements and vitamins! While there are many supplements to help equip your immune system for fighting germs, there are 7 specific supplements that will help you protect your immune system this spring.

Garlic

This may be the easiest thing on this list for you to get your hands on. Garlic is a very popular antiviral and anti-inflammatory food that is proven to prevent common colds and cases of the flu. It is rich in selenium, a compound that can slow down the body’s over-active responses. It is best to consume more fresh garlic while spring is approaching, and you can do this easily by adding it to your meals.

Make sure to chop or slice the garlic, as it will release a compound called allicin into your food. Allicin has been shown to possess antioxidant activity and has antibacterial activities. I love adding garlic to just about anything but have recently loved it with air-fried sweet potato fries.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a classic natural supplement that we should all be taking, no matter the season. It is necessary for the development, growth, and repair of all body tissues as well as being critical for many bodily functions like absorption. Vitamin C is also one of the top immune-boosting vitamins which can prevent common colds if taken daily and not only when you are sick.

Like garlic, you can take it in supplement form, but you can also add it to your diet by adding in specific foods. Aside from a vitamin supplement, you can get Vitamin C from other sources, like citrus fruits, leafy green vegetables, and peppers. I love getting my Vitamin C from grapefruit.

Zinc

Zinc is a powerful mineral that keeps our immune systems working at their peak. It also is a great mineral to take if you want to prevent colds. Now, if you already are suffering from a cold, try using zinc lozenges, they are proven to clear the symptoms in just three days!

You can also get zinc from most forms of seafood and from poultry products as well. I recommend taking a supplement if you do not eat animal products.

Probiotics

Probiotics are live bacteria that provide a variety of benefits to the human body. In recent years, more and more people have been experiencing the positive effects probiotics have on the immune system. They are known to improve gut health and since 70% of our immune system cells are found in our gut, it also boosts our immune system.

Yogurt, kimchi, and kefir are just some of the foods that are rich in probiotics. Aside from taking a powerful probiotic, I make sure to eat probiotic rich foods like kimchi.

Elderberry

Elderberry

Elderberry is another recently discovered holy grail item on our list. Elderberry is a fruit packed with flavonoids, a very powerful antioxidant. Flavonoids are necessary for our immune systems as they can reduce flu symptoms in just three days. They lessen flu symptoms because they are capable of killing different viruses present in the body due to their immune-boosting properties.

Not only can they protect against viruses but elderberry is rich in anthocyanins which are proven to support the immune system. You can get your daily dose of this magical fruit in either liquid or capsule form. I like to take it in liquid form.

Spirulina

Spirulina is a biomass of cyanobacteria that is both safe to consume and an immune system booster. A lot of studies show that spirulina can help users overcome nasal allergies, which is common in this season of the year. Although it may not look appetizing or inviting, research shows that it really helps to strengthen the immune system. Another bonus is that this natural supplement and bacterium helps to lower inflammation on the body.

You can take it regularly in pill or powder form. I love experimenting with different spirulina smoothies.

Tinospora Cordifolia

This herb is very common to India and is only now getting the recognition it deserves worldwide. Not only does it help regulate sugar level, but it can also enhance the immune system functionality. It helps a cell called macrophage to fight germs do not want in our body.

You can take it in pill form or you can brew a tea from stem and roots. I like brewing it myself and adding it to my daily routine.


There you have it, the best natural supplements to boost your immune system! Do not wait until you get sick and take preventive actions now. I have implemented most of these supplements into my daily regime and have yet to get sick this year, knock on wood.

Most of these natural supplements are very easy to find and they can even be taken in pill which makes them easy to take, even for the pickiest of people. Just make sure to consult your doctor before you make major changes to your regime.

If you’re still looking for some tips about staying healthy, make sure to take a look at our earlier post about Things You Probably Didn’t Know about Herbs and Oils

13 Gardening Hacks Every Gardner Should Know

Are you thinking about starting a garden this year? Need some gardening tips to get you started? Gardening is a beautiful and calming habit to have, but sometimes the number of gadgets you need can be overwhelming. It might even stop you from starting the garden that you’ve always dreamed of.

Despite what you may think, gardening can actually be an easy habit to pick up, and there is a sustainable way to do so. What if I told you that you could use items that you already have in your house to create a successful and sustainable garden?

Over the years, I’ve learned a few tricks that have helped me immensely with my gardening. After you’ve built your indoor herb garden, here is my collection of gardening hacks that will help you get the beautiful garden you’ve always wanted by using sustainable methods.

1. Sprinkle cinnamon on your seedlings to avoid diseases

One of the most frustrating things as a gardener is watching your seedlings become infected with diseases after working hard to nurture them. I add cinnamon to the leaves of my seedlings in order to prevent these diseases from occurring because of the powerful anti-fungal properties in cinnamon.

2. Cardboard seed tubes

Starting seeds can be a complicated process, but it can be simplified in a few easy steps. The good thing about starting seeds is that you can do so by using a household product you’re bound to have, toilet paper tubes.

All you need is your leftover toilet paper tubes, soil, and seeds. Start by filling the tubes with potting soil, and adding your seeds to it. Once the seeds have sprouted you can move them to your garden, planting the tube below the surface. Watch as the cardboard decomposes and your seeds sprout into beautiful plants.

3. Use leftover coffee grinds to keep garden pests away

Leftover coffee grinds to keep garden pests away

A great gardening hack is to reuse your coffee grounds is by sprinkling them in your gardens to keep the pests away. Adding coffee grinds to your gardens will keep ants, snails, slugs, and any other pest away from your plants and flowers. I keep a container of my used coffee grounds under the sink and sprinkle it over my gardens every once in a while. It does the trick perfectly!

4. Keep your plants watered for days by using this paper towel trick

Paper towel trick for your plantes

One of the biggest worries for gardeners when going away is the problem of watering plants. If you’re going away for a few days and don’t have someone to water your indoor plants, this paper towel trick will help keep your plants alive and thriving.

First, roll up some paper towels as tight as possible, then dose both ends with water. Place one end in a plant pot, and then the other end in a cup of water. This will slowly water your plant while you are away.

5. Increase healthy plant hydration with sponges 

One problem gardeners oftentimes face is root rotting at the bottom of a plant pot because of settling water. In order to prevent this from happening, place old kitchen sponges in the bottom of your pot. Instead of allowing water to settle at the bottom, the sponges will create an air space as well as act as a water reserve.

A nice gardening tip is to keep my old sponges in a container in my garage and when I have enough to pot a plant, I get to work adding the sponges to the bottom.

6. Swap fertilizer for Epsom salt

Instead of filling your garden with toxic fertilizer, use Epsom salt instead. Epsom salt is made up of hydrated magnesium sulfate which will help in seed germination and chlorophyll production. The compound also allows for greater nutrient absorption.

You can add Epsom salt to a water bottle and apply it as a spray which will help with immediate growth. I keep a spray bottle with Epsom salt in my gardening shed, so I can use it frequently.

7. Keep your soil in place with coffee filters

Keeping your soil in its designated pot can be extremely frustrating. It’s easy for the soil to slip out the bottom and get on your porch, deck, or any other place it’s located, especially when you’re watering the plant. One great way to keep your soil in place is with coffee filters.

When you pot a new plant, place coffee filters at the bottom of the pot so that it will stop the soil from coming out of the bottom. This is a great solution because it stops the dirt from leaving the pot but still allows for water filtration.

8. Kill weeds with vinegar

Kill weeds with vinegar

Instead of spraying your garden with pesticides and other poisonous chemicals, grab the vinegar from your kitchen. You can find a vinegar weed killer recipe here.

9. Use honey to propagate cuttings

Honey is a great way to propagate your plant cuttings because of the growth-stimulating enzymes that it contains.

Adding honey to the roots of your plant cuttings will help them quickly propagate, while simultaneously protect them from fungal problems. I’ve done this with a variety of plant cuttings and it does the trick every single time.

10. Keep your climbing plants in place with zip ties

Manage plants with zip ties

Zip ties are such a great, versatile gardening product. If you are growing vines or climbing plants, these can be super helpful in training them to grow in specific directions. You can find more zip tie tips and tricks here.

13. Use leftover citrus rinds as seed starters

Oranges, lemons, grapefruits, and other citrus rinds are a great, sustainable option for starting new seedlings. Not only are they a great size for baby seedlings, but you likely have some in your kitchen. Instead of throwing out the rinds after eating citrus fruit, save them and plant a new seedling.


Once the seedling has sprouted, you can move it straight to the garden, planting the entire rind in the ground. While the sprouts grow, the citrus rind will naturally decompose.


I hope that you love this list of gardening hacks as much as I do. Many of these tips advocate for sustainability in an easy and affordable way, which, as you know, I really value. Instead of having to buy fertilizer, seedling starters, or fungus sprays you can use items leftover from your kitchen. It’s amazing what you can do with items you already have in your household, like coffee grinds!