Your quick guide to help you focus on natural ways to stay healthy during winter
With the cooler air upon us, it makes sense to ensure we are optimising our natural winter wellness essentials. It is important to take care of ourselves inside and out. Here are our best tips and tricks to help you stay healthy and well during the colder weather.
With the skin on our hands, face and lips facing the brunt of the weather it makes sense to change our skincare routine to take ensure they stay smooth and protected.
Skin Care Essentials
Hot air from heaters and less hydration might mean your skin needs additional nourishment. Make sure you are using 100% natural products. A natural serum is a good way to give you skin the extra boost it needs. Pharmaoil has a range of intensive skin drops for a range of skin types. They are highly concentrated bottles of natural oils infused with essential oils to support and nourish your skin.
And, just because the weather has cooled, don’t forget your sunscreen. According to the Cancer Council, in many parts of Australia, the UV levels are often 3 or about right through winter. Getting into the habit of applying sunscreen daily is your best defence against long term skin damage and risk of developing melanoma. Wotnot naturals is an anti-aging facial sunscreen and primer. It works to protect against both UVA and UVB rays and is SPF 30. However, please still remember to stay out of the sun during peak UV times and cover up with additional sun protection.
And if you have those rosy, wind burnt cheeks consider the range of skin care from Washpool. Made from all natural ingredients, their Shea Butter Moisture balm and Honey and Calendula Natural lip balms are winter essentials we should all have ready to go. They are a blend of beeswax for protection and nourishment of your skin and lips with butters and oils to soothe and soften the skin naturally.
Many homes require heating so we can stay warm and toasty when the temperature outside drops. This can have a drying effect on your skin and airways, making you more prone to allergies and infections as your airways dry out. Consider using a cool humidifier to help put moisture back into the air. However, make sure you clean it regularly and replace the water to prevent mould and bacterial growth.
And if you can, consider adding a few drops of essential oils to help refresh the air.
My favourite choices are:
- Eucalyptus – known as a decongestant and to help with headaches associated with colds
- Peppermint – can help relieve headaches associated with sinus congestion
- Lavender – can aid to relax the mind and body, easing symptoms and helping with sleep
- Lemon – has antimicrobial qualities that can help treat the symptoms of colds and may stimulate the immune system
If you have come down with a cold and are feeling miserable, a good blend in your diffuser or humidifier is 1 drop of peppermint, 2 drops eucalyptus, 2 drops lavender and 1 drop lemon to help ease your symptoms.
If you have succumb to a cold and are looking for a natural chest rub, Maesi apothecary have created a Breathe Easy Natural Chest Rub rub with a unique blend of organic herbs and essential oils to assist in managing your symptoms. With a blend of lemon balm, elderflower, ravensara, and other incredible ingredients, this offers a wonderful natural options this winter.
Staying well nourished and hydrated is especially important. It is not uncommon to reduce our water intake during winter, however it is vital we keep up our hydration to help keep our body systems functioning healthily. If you struggle with drinking water regularly, keep your water bottle close or consider herbal teas or soups to increase your fluid intake.
Heart Therapeutics has created a natural tea blend to help work with the body to relieve cold and flu symptoms. Yarrow, Elderflower, Peppermint and Thyme combine to create a plant medicine that helps you feel better and tastes good.
Adding more leafy greens and season produce to your diet is important to support natural wellness. Janella Purcell has been a long time favourite wellness advocate of mine and her book, ‘Eating for the seasons‘ offers a wonderful guide to maximise the benefits of eating in season.
And finally, despite the cooler weather, dress warm and get outside. Nature activities of any kind can help boost your metabolism, mood and body temperature. Whatever the season, take some time to embrace the fresh air, observe the changing season and embrace the change. Not only will you feel better, you will likely sleep better too!
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Stay well this winter,