In particular, I’m stocking up on my seven favorite natural remedies that I always keep on hand as we approach cold/flu/general illness season. They are:

1. Elderberry Syrup: y recipe combines dried elderberries, raw honey and herbs for a potent and effective natural syrup. It is simple to make and much less expensive than store bought versions with similar ingredients.

2. Vapor Rub If cough or cold strikes, I like to have homemade vapor rub on hand. I use it on the bottoms of feet and on the back and chest to calm coughing and congestion.

3. Fermented Cod Liver Oil Wintertime cod liver oil provides fat-soluble vitamins and Omega-3s. Blood tests have shown that I absorb fat-soluble vitamins in a whole food supplement like cod liver oil more easily than isolated D3 capsules.

4. Homemade Cough Syrup Another thing I keep pre-made in the fridge is my homemade cough syrup. It combines raw honey with lemon juice and herbs to help sooth cough or tickling throat easily.

5. Broth I typically make my own broth and always have some cooking and in the fridge, but you can also buy pre-made broth to save time.

6. Garlic During winter months, I keep raw garlic on hand to speed recovery from illness (and for us in soups and stir frys).

7. Probiotics I take probiotics for prevention and illness. Hippocrates said all illness starts in the gut, and in winter, the gut needs extra care. I take Probiotics to keep my gut healthy and extras when sick.