I am fully aware that some people are not winter fans. but I certainly am.
As a garden owner- the sound of rain makes me happy, as a fireplace owner- temperature drop makes me happy as well.
Winter does have its downsides, that is true, but careful preparation and awareness can minimise those down sides- and we are all about minimalism, right?
A fair warning: the advice about to be distributed here is old, granny-like, non fashionable, and super effective!!! so if you are all about “what are people gonna say when they see me do this or that”- well then- perhaps you are wasting your precious time reading this post. or change your attitude and start doing what is good for you-even if it not considered “cool” by the “right people”.
#1: Get a hot water bottle!
This is my hot water bottle- fancy, I know.
When I get up at 4 am , in winter time, the first 2 things I do are getting myself a hot cup of black coffee, and-since the boiling water are waiting for someone to make use of them- I fill my hot water bottle- and snuggle quietly , waiting for my senses to fully wake up so I can start my day.
Don’t dismiss this till you’ve tried it.
This thing can warm you up in seconds, it helps with back aches and stomach aches (warming up the place), sore muscles , etc.
Plus- it’s super cheap. and to maximise its utility simply warm up double the amount every time you make yourself a cup of tea, and when it gets cold- use the water for your plants,, cleaning or whatever.
#2: Always leave a window open!
There are tons of people around me that make sure all windows are sealed tightly as soon as temperatures drop a little. whenever I try to explain to them that this is exactly the reason they are all sick-they allow germs to gave close and immediate access to many people at once without even the slightest chance of anyone escaping due to lack of air- they look at me astounded and say : but its cold! if you are cold- you get sick!”
Well I am no doctor, but I believe it is basic knowledge that “disease is spread by infection-not by temperature drop” . if anything- as far as I know- low temperatures prevent/delay germs from spreading, since basically germs are fond of warm temperatures-and dislike cold ones.
I am certainly not advocating snow baths or anything- just make sure that wherever you are- there is an open window for fresh air ventilation. even a small window.
And if you are cold- than I would frugally advise on a fire place, or if you don’t have one yet- use tip #1!
#3: wear layers!
Besides it is very fashionable, this is a super-efficient way to get warm -(something to do with air being caught between the layers )- and -if temperatures change -you can accommodate yourself by taking off or adding layers as you wish.
#4: keep your feet warm!
This is something I used to always hear from my mother- “keep your feet warm and your whole body will be warm!”- and I must say she was right. about this anyway…
Plus there are such cute socks around- why let your feet freeze?
#5: When your throat hurts- gargle salted hot water.
This is something I did as a child’ did with my older kids, and still do!
It might not be the most pleasant thing on earth -and yet it is effective!
*Checked online- it was medically approved too! here is the link to WebMD: webmd- gargling salted water.
I put 1 tsp of salt in 1 cup of boiling water, make sure all the salt dissolves, and when possible to gargle- gargle the whole thing.
If you are trying to avoid pharmacy-bought lozenges for whatever reason -and I can think of a few- then this is your perfect natural replacement!
#6: Drink a lot of tea! tea will cure anything!
Well personally I believe this is absolutely true.
When ill -drinking lots of fluid will help you feel better, when cold- it will warm you up. when in need of emotional comfort-this is a soothing cup of niceness, and when adding ginger and lemon- it’s also very healthy.
#7: When ill- eat “chicken” soup ( I mean vegan “chicken soup, of course).
I am aware that some people believe that a “proper chicken soup” (meaning made of actual chicken) is necessary for you to get better from a cold, but I believe the benefits are not in the chicken, but in the hot -vegetable containing -fluid, so just make a pot of spicy veggie soup, feel free to add some miso/lentils for extra taste . (if we are on the subject- here is a link to a great recipe by the “minimalist baker”– great vegan recipes!-miso soup- the minimalistbaker.com.)
#8: If your back aches- don’t lay still all day!
I used to believe that when your body tells you it is unwell-you need to listen’ and rest-rest-rest.
I still believe that is true, but recently I experienced a bad backache, and when searching online I discovered that the immediate total rest in bed I imposed on myself- was in fact delaying my recovery. (just reminding you that I am no doctor or chiropractor whatever- use your brain as always to decide whether to use my tips or ditch them. or simply search online for yourselves. just in case -here is my disclaimer)
Apparently- according to what I read- when your back aches, you need to keep it in motion, massage the aching spots and gradually -in a few days- it will get better. when in Guatemala, I had a bad backache, and it didn’t get better until I looked online for backache exercises ‘ and massaged my lower back with the only thing I had that resembled the tennis ball they recommended for massaging- a bar of soap, wrapped with a soft wool sock. I used the bed cover at my homestay as a “yoga mat” -for the back exercises, and after a few days of light exercise and massage- I could get on the 3 flong flights back home…
*Add tip #1 to your exercises and you will feel much better in an even shorter time.
These are the 8 great natural tips for today- feel free to share any great tips you have!
Enjoy and happy new year! the cooliflower.