Five simple ways to Winter Wellness
Just a few days away from the winter solstice makes this the perfect time to re-share some tips for getting through to the other side of winter feeling healthy.
With the biting chill Winter also brings the unwelcome spectres of colds & flu and snotty harbingers of doom lurking at every corner. While there's not much you can do to cure the cold and flu, there are a few things you can do to boost your immunity in the hope of preventing illness (and soothe your system if you've already caught something awful).
Hang Eucalyptus in your shower
Grab a few stems of Eucalyptus from your favourite flower lady (this is mine) and tie them together with twine. Then simply tie them near your showerhead, out of the way of the stream of water.
The heat and steam in your shower cause the eucalyptus essential oils to activate, alleviating respiratory issues, and engaging the plant's anti-microbal and anti-bacterial properties.
It also smells lovely, and pretties up even the ugliest of showers.*
Air out damp rooms
If your bathroom, like mine, tends to remain on the damp side, with towels never quite drying in winter it's really important to get that window open and get some fresh air through, even better if you can time this for when the sun hits the window to help prevent mould growth (which can cause respiratory problems).
Let sunshine in
When you're at home chase the sun, open blinds and curtains in the rooms that the sun is on and close them as the suns' path moves away from the room, your house will feel nicer and again the sunshine will help prevent issues like mould.
and hang your washing out in it.
Hanging your clothing on the line in winter is a huge pain I know, but at the very least it's worth trying to get your linen and towels out into the gentler winter sun to help break down any bacteria that may have survived the washing process. You'll also boost your Vitamin D levels naturally which can often dip in the darker winter months.
Sip soothing honey & lemon
Honey and lemon drinks are wonderful for both soothing your cold and staving one off. The vitamin C in the lemon helps protect you against immunity deficiencies and the honey will coat and soothe a sore throat and is also antibacterial and antifungal.
Take 1-2 tablespoons of honey, 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice and 1/2 cup of boiling water and mix together in your favourite mug. Stir until honey has dissolved and sip.
* I know this because my bathroom is hideous.