Where I live, children rarely enjoy November without the chill of winter hot on our heels…but this year, in light of the beautiful summer we enjoyed, my thought that the littles may for once enjoy a snow-free beginning of November proved me wrong.
I saw the large flakes falling from the sky and I knew that, once again, parents everywhere would have to winterize their little ones. And just like that, it became winter. Every year at this time I make a health plan, which is not to be confused with a healthcare plan.
Oh no; my health plan is a carefully crafted game plan, in which I outline how I’m going to stay well over the winter. Allow me to share it!
We are comprised of over 50% water, and water is by far our closest ally during the winter season. When we’re dry our bodies aren’t able to lubricate themselves and are therefore more vulnerable to illness. So do yourself a favor and drink up!
Nip Colds in the Butt
I haven’t been sick in a very long time – and I know these are famous last words…but it’s because when I feel a cold coming on, in the form of sore throats and coughs, I make a ginger-y libation to nip it in the butt. Ginger is highly detoxifying and it makes for a lovely tea.
My go-to winter sipper includes a 1 inch chunk of fresh ginger (thinly sliced or grated) steeped in hot water; for fun and flavor I like to add raw honey, or lemon slices. Generally I let this mixture steep for about 10 minutes before I drink it. This is largely because I forget about it sitting on my counter waiting to be drunk!
My hometown gets incredibly dry during the winter so I fight back in the tub. At least two nights a week I run a hot bath with some lavender oil and Epsom salts to supercharge my winter ravaged skin with moisture. And I seal in the moisture by slathering coconut oil all over my body once I get out! Not only does this whole process feel luxurious, but it keeps my skin from cracking and peeling.
I hope wherever you are that you are still enjoying the last bits of fall…but if you’re not, I hope that my winter survivals tips help cushion winter’s blow.