5 TRICKS TO BLOCK WINTER DRYNESS BLUES
2. Use a humidifier. Adding moisture to your room will counteract the drying effect of your home’s heater and provide your skin the drink it needs. Luckily, moisture isn’t just skin deep. As you breathe, the increased moisture also will hydrate your nasal passages and hair. One important note however – be sure to thoroughly clean your humidifier frequently to help ward off mold and bacteria growth that could trigger allergies and asthma.
3. Oatmeal baths – a topical treat. Oatmeal is packed with anti-inflammatory properties and has been used for centuries topically to sooth dry and itchy skin. Finely grind one cup of oatmeal using a blender or food processor. In order for the oatmeal to work its softening magic it should be ground fine enough that when mixed in water, it feels silky and clouds the water. Sprinkle the ground oats over a shallow pool of bathwater and mix it up a bit to break up any clumps, then soak and enjoy.
4. Lip cracking – the best defense is a natural offense. The best way to prevent lips from cracking is to develop a habit of keeping your lips hydrated year-round. Especially during the winter months, an all-natural lip balm is essential. And for the times when your lips get wind-whipped (which will happen), reach for an all-natural lip treatment therapy. For the homemade route, dab on a mixture of Vitamin E and coconut oil. My personal favorite that I cannot live without is the Calendula Lip Balm by Super Salve Company.
5. Hair tricks. Try an all-natural conditioning treatment. These can be bought, but they can easily be made, also. Egg yolks are loaded with fats and proteins and they make a fantastic monthly moisturizer. Honey attracts and locks in moisture. Avocado has been praised by beauty experts for its oils, which are most like our own natural skin secretions. No matter which you use, create a mixture a 1/2 cup (give or take) and apply to clean, damp hair. Leave the mixture on for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing. If using egg yolks, rinse with cool water to avoid cooking the eggs into your hair. And adding 1 Tbsp of olive oil to honey will make it easier to rinse when paired with warm water. Want a more tropically fragrant option that will rival big-beauty-brands? Try a teaspoon of lavender oil mixed with a teaspoon of coconut milk and massage into dry hair before bed. Rinse in the morning. Whichever way you go, your hair will thank you.
Bonus tip! For my face, I use Vasseur’s Skincare Papaya Enzyme Toner. I interchange it with Heritage Products Rosewater and Glycerin Spray. Both products are wonderful for both men and women, smell like heaven and keep the skin hydrated.
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Oats. World’s Healthiest Foods.
A steaming bowl of healthy, fresh-cooked oatmeal is a perfect way to warm yourself on cold winter mornings. But remember, all oatmeal isn’t created equal. Instant oatmeal is often loaded with unnecessary sugars and should be avoided. Instead, take an extra five minutes and use organic rolled oats. This yummy oatmeal recipe is loaded with fiber, vitamins C, K, E, B1, and manganese. It also offers the added bonus of over half of the daily value for hard-to-find omega-3 fatty acids and adding almond meal lends protein to the dish, making it a well-balanced and delicious breakfast. This recipe serves two.
- 2-1/4 cups water
- dash sea salt
- 1 cup organic rolled oats
- 1 tbsp almond meal
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds
- 1/4 cup blueberries (or any fruit of choice)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp blackstrap molasses
- 1 cup milk or dairy-free milk alternative
Combine the water and salt in a small saucepan and turn the heat to high. When the water boils, turn the heat to low, add oatmeal, and cook, stirring until the water is just absorbed, about five minutes. Mix in the almond meal, walnuts, flaxseeds, blueberries and cinnamon. Cover the pan, turn off the heat and let it set for five minutes. Serve with almond or hazelnut milk and molasses.
HIBISCUS (Hibiscus sabdariffa)
One recent study explored the antioxidant properties of hibiscus tea on people. Researchers found that antioxidant levels drop throughout the day, but hibiscus tea causes that level to spike within an hour of consumption. The spike is short-lived, but significant nonetheless. In another study, an international team of researchers compared the antioxidant content of 3,139 foods, including hundreds of beverages. Hibiscus tea, ranked high on the chart as one of the richest in antioxidants. A healthy alternative to sugary fruit juices and sodas, hibiscus tea is sour, but it’s easy to sweeten up with Stevia, and give yourself a tropical treat during winter months. Try this: soak a handful of bulk, dried organic hibiscus flowers overnight and then blend with a teaspoon of grated fresh ginger, a teaspoon of amla (packed with properties that aid skin, immune function, digestion and more), and a handful of fresh mint leaves to make a half-gallon. Sweeten to taste with your favorite Stevia. This kid-friendly (it tastes like fruit punch) recipe may be one of the highest antioxidant beverages in the world.
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Full-body steam therapies are available at spas and salons worldwide and offer added benefits including increasing the surface temperature of your skin as well as your core body temperature and promoting sweating. Additionally, full-body treatments will increase blood circulation, relax muscles and joints, and ease stress and tension. Hyperthermia (detoxification by heat stress) has even been proven to help remove toxins stored in body fat and to break down scar tissue. Benefits aside, full-body steam treatments often are much more involved and can include additional spa treatments including lymph brushing, mineral wraps and massages. Before starting a steam regime, you should consider asking your Naturopathic Doctor if steam therapy may be a beneficial hydration treatment for you.
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