Colds, fatigue, sore throats… Do you get these one after the other?
Winter often brings its share of torment! To get through winter well this year and escape the slightest bit of fatigue, here is a kit of a few good little tips that can help you overcome winter's obstacles in peace.
Tip 1: I rid my body and mind of negative thoughts
Watch out for a sedentary lifestyle. The drop in temperatures should not be an excuse not to go out, on the contrary! It is better to practice a sporting activity that allows you to keep in shape during the winter, which will prevent you from getting sick.
Tip 2: I improve my diet
In winter, eat your fill and drink natural detox drinks or water to stay hydrated.
Nutrition specialists say it and say it again "you have to eat organic whatever the season!" During the winter, vitamin C, which acts as an antioxidant, is most often found in seasonal fruits such as oranges and clementines, chestnuts, apples, pomegranates and pears. But also, in vegetables such as celery, Brussels sprouts, cauliflowers, spinach, turnips, leeks and pumpkins ...
It is in summer that our body accumulates the most vitamin D, and this, through the sun's rays (for an elderly person, the production of vitamin D is about 25% less than for a young person) . Indeed, in winter there is less natural light which exposes you more to contagion.
Do not worry! Fortunately Mother Nature is here, because without her we would not survive. In this cold period, it is fatty fish (sardines, mackerel, tuna) that contain the most vitamin D. But the latest news is that cod liver is 100 times richer in vitamin D. Remember that spoonful of cod liver oil in the morning. Our grandmothers were certainly right to insist.
Cereals are known to be the foods which are most in fiber. But what kinds of cereals should you eat? A study has shown that consuming whole grains reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and obviously lengthens your life expectancy.
Don't be choosy! Fill up on minerals, nibble on or complement your winter salads with dried fruits. In winter it is easy to find hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds, flax, chia, pecans ... So many ingredients for you to indulge yourself, even with gluttony!
Tip 3: I take care of my skin naturally
During winter our skin dries up, so we need to hydrate it. To do so, use natural treatments, which you can prepare at home in no time! With just a few fruits or vegetables, honey or oils you can make lip balm or masks, for example, even olive oil can be a great hydrator.
Tip 4: I try aromatherapy with essential oils
Essential oils have many virtues and often do wonders. Before rushing into taking antibiotics, once in a while, try to relieve your minor ailments with some essential oils for winter.
There is a wide variety of essential oils. Some of these herbal essences are extracted from medicinal plants and are widely used in aromatherapy.
How to diffuse essential oils?
The best way to dispense essential oils with peace of mind is to do it cold, that is, without the aid of a heat source. There are several methods to diffuse cold essential oils.
Method 1: Smell the bottle
Wave your hand over the neck to create some breeze. Then breathe in the scent that escapes from the bottle. Be careful not to smell the essential oil too closely, as you may get an allergic reaction.
Method 2: Soak a cotton wool ball in the essential oil.
Put the cotton wool ball under your nose or in a cup. Shake it lightly in front of your nose and mouth so that its aroma diffuses in your direction. You can also put this little piece of cotton in a strategic place in your house.
Method 3: Use hot water.
If you want the essential oil to diffuse faster, pour a few drops into hot water. Make sure the temperature of the water does not rise above your body temperature so that the heat does not affect the composition of the essential oil.
Method 4: Use a fan.
With this method, you can intensify the flow of the scents to other rooms. All you have to do is pour a few drops of essential oil into a bowl filled with water and place it near the fan. Ideally, place your bowl 15 to 30 cm away from the fan.
Method 5: Use terracotta or stoneware diffusers:
Very porous, they first absorb the essential oil and then propagate it in the air. Another advantage is that you can put them up or hang them up where they will be most useful, such as in frequently used places or doorways.
Method 6: Use an electric fan / micro diffusion diffuser
If you have an electric essential oil diffuser, you can just diffuse the steam around in your bedroom 10 minutes before bed for a good night's sleep, especially if you have a cold.
Another tip, you can also prepare essential oil recipes (or mixtures of essential oils) to treat or relieve various disorders.