How to Keep Kids Healthy Year-Round

Do you ever get tired of saying that your kids are sick … again? Wouldn’t it be awesome if good health was the norm and illness was a rare occurrence? And what if you could make it happen simply and naturally? You’d be all for it, right?

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Well friends, I don’t have a magic pill for you, but I do have some suggestions. Besides, even if there was someone claiming to have a magic pill for good health, I wouldn’t recommend it.

Because wellness doesn’t come in a magic pill – it comes with embracing a lifestyle of healthy decisions and habits.

And I’ve got plenty of suggestions for those healthy habits.

Over the past few years, we’ve made several changes to create a wellness lifestyle. They were gradual (and when they weren’t, they didn’t work so well) and simple. But they made a huge difference.

Of the changes we made, I noticed four main areas where we got the biggest return for our investment. So I suggest starting there if you need to make some changes in your home.

1. Good food

When it comes to food, real is the way to go. That means no added chemicals or other sketchy ingredients. And made from scratch is best. This gives you the most control over what you’re feeding your family.

After making the switch to real food, we noticed a huge change in our wellness. We got sick less and had fewer headaches and stomach aches. Over time, random aches and pains diminished as well.

Real food switches

If you need help making the switch, don’t worry. You don’t have to toss everything in your pantry (you know, unless it’s really awful for you). Choose a few things to change and start making the switch. If you need some help, check out this post on real food switches you can make in no time.

Plan ahead

Planning ahead has been the most helpful part of not only feeding our family well, but making sure it’s done within our budget. Here are some tips for planning ahead to save money on real food.

2. Restful sleep

Good, restful sleep is crucial for our health. That goes for adults and kids alike. Helping your kids get plenty of sleep can go a long way in keeping them healthy.

Bedtime routine

If you don’t have one already, try creating a bedtime routine. It doesn’t have to be strict, by any means, but it helps to have a groove so everyone knows what to expect at night. This is what it looks like in our home:

  • Turn off screens (7:30 pm)
  • Brush/floss teeth
  • Get on jammies and get in bed
  • Listen to chapter or two of current book
  • Kid reading time
  • Lights out (by 8:30)

It doesn’t always happen this way, but it gives a guideline to go by that makes bedtime much easier.

Essential oils

I don’t do it every night, but I usually apply essential oils before bed. I choose calming oils that will help the kids settle in for a good night’s sleep. Some nights, I’ll just do a drop of lavender on their chests.

Other nights, when they’re especially rowdy, I’ll pull out the big guns and use a blend with lavender, wild orange, vetiver and some other oils in coconut oil for a super relaxing mix. If you’re looking for a relaxing essential oil recipe, try this one or this one.

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3. Immune system support

Our immune system is our first line of defense so it makes sense to help it be as strong as possible, right? Thankfully, that’s really easy to do. All of the suggestions here are actually really great for supporting the immune system, but I use these ones especially when we’re at risk of getting sick.

Herbs & essential oils

If you need help boosting your kids’ immune systems, you only need a couple bottles of plant-based goodness.

First, I recommend On Guard essential oil. This blend is full of essential oils that support a strong immune system. I alternate between rubbing it on my kids’ feet and diffusing it in our bus. I also use it in all our cleaning products to kill harmful germs.

Elderberry syrup is another great way to keep your immune system strong, especially when you’re going to be hanging around people who may be sick. You can buy it pre-made, but it’s super simple (and more cost-effective) to make it yourself. Here’s the recipe.

Family Physician Kit

On those rare occasions they do get sick, we turn to the oils in the Family Physician Kit first before heading in to the doctor’s office. Why? Because essential oils can help knock out pathogens that get kids sick (even viruses!) in a way that’s safe and super fast. They also help support a healthy body, rather than wiping the good stuff while also killing the bad.

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4. Quality supplements

Lastly, we use supplements. Not just any, mind you. We use whole food options that will give us a big return for our investment. (My husband and I use the same ones, plus doTERRA‘s Lifelong Vitality Pack.)

Fermented Cod Liver Oil

I’ve been using the fermented cod liver oil from Green Pasture for the last two years because of its many benefits. The oil is fermented, instead of heat processed, so it doesn’t kill delicate nutrients. FCLO is also a great source of vitamins A & D, DHA/EPA and helps support a healthy immune system.

You can find it online here. Or, if you’d like a discount, you could sign up as a group buyer and save money by buying in bulk (I go in with a few friends on my orders).

How do you keep your kids healthy year-round?


  1. says

    Yes, yes, yes! We do all of these things too. When we do get sick, we eat more vegetables and fruit, sleep as much as possible, drink even more water, and eat raw garlic cloves.

  2. Amanda says

    Hi! Great advice! Just wondering why you don’t use dōTERRA’s LLV and their children’s supplements. I’m just starting to explore supplements so trying to learn as much as I can. Thanks!

  3. says

    We’ve used both before and when they get a bit older, I’ll have them take a smaller dose of LLV (my husband and I take that). Between the FCLO and Juice Plus, I don’t think they need any additional stuff. Also, I’m trying to stay within a budget. :)

  4. Rae says

    Hi Nina great advise! I to take the doTERRA‘s Lifelong Vitality Pack and are thinking about the juice plus also for my daughter who is 18 and has been diagnosed with arthritis would you recommend take both of these together.

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