FALL INTO HEALTH how I’m boosting my immune system

The best way to fight off a virus this Fall is to begin with a strong immune system. I couldn’t possibly tell you all the ways to stay healthy.  So, I decided I would share just a few of the additional ways I plan to keep my family healthy and ready to battle anything that comes our way.

Immune boosting foods, herbs & teas

Cooking meals is not only more affordable, but so much healthier. With the cooler weather, it’s really simple to incorporate immune boosting organic ingredients into soups, stews and warm drinks. Here are my go to items I try to always have on hand: garlic, ginger, turmeric, homeacre Bone Broth, bell peppers, onions, kale, broccoli, fermented foods, raw Apple Cider Vinegar, local raw honey, lemons, Echinacea, Chamomile & some superfoods.

Elderberry Syrupelderberry syrup

“Elderberry Sambucus nigra is one of the most effective plants for boosting immunity and shortening the duration of colds and flu” (Gibson, 58).  I began making Elderberry Syrup fairly regularly about three years ago after I purchased an over priced bottle from the grocery store! Elderberries have antioxidant properties, are super high in Vitamin C, have anti-inflammatory and anti-viral abilities.  If you aren’t interested in making it, find out if someone local makes it before you buy it from the store.  If you live in the Treasure Valley, message me to see if I have any available for purchase.

My 3-year-old requests her ‘Elder-bewy Sywup” every morning and My husband, who is 7.5 years sober, occasionally has flashbacks of drinking Jägermeister! It’s pretty tasty!

Coming soon Homeacre Elderberry Syrup Recipe

Fire Cider

Have you heard about this or seen it at your local health food store? I had been seeing it at the Co-op and then Mountain Rose Herbs e-mailed me the recipe, so of course I had to make it!  I currently have my first batch of Fire Cider fermenting in my cupboard for the past 3 weeks. I ‘loosely’ followed this fire cider recipe from Mountain Rose Herbs.  I wanted to taste it today, and to be honest I was quite terrified.  I think hope once I strain it and mix it with the raw honey it will be better. I will let you know how it turns out. Even if it’s not delicious, I will for sure reach for it when I feel I may be getting sick.

The first picture is day 1 and the second picture is day 21.

Essential Oils

My favorite oil for a healthy immune is dōTERRA On Guard. It “is a powerful proprietary blend that supports healthy immune function* and contains cleansing properties.”  Have you smelled this? YUM. It’s a warm blend of Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf.doTERRA on gaurd

Ditch your toxic candle and diffuse this instead. You can also soak apples in water with drops of this oil and/or dilute and put on soles of your feet.  The dōTERRA On Guard hand sanitizer is amazing too, I even spray it on the shopping cart before I put my kids in. For more information about essential oils, email me at MelissaHomeacre@gmail.com


It would be ideal to get ALL of our vitamins from our diet, but that isn’t realistic for my family so we take quality supplements to help.  Each of us take a Multi-Vitamin, Probiotic, Food based Vitamin C, Omega, Turmeric (for me) and a few others.  I’m in the process of phasing out/in brands. When I’m all done, I can share what is working for us.


My daughter pushing her baby brother in the swing on a gorgeous Fall day

On the rare occasion that my family has caught a cold, it never lasts over a week. The flu has not been present in our home. EVER. I’d like thank our healthy diets for that. We have not needed to use any OTC medicine in 4 years with the exception of Tylenol at an ER visit and ibuprofen after two home births. We have been blessed with a very healthy family!

I would love to hear from you.  How are you staying healthy this Fall?


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(Gibson, Margie. “Amazing Elderberry.” Mother Earth Living Nov/Dec 2017 pp. 58.)


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