As autumn turns to winter, nights draw in and the weather becomes colder. Self-care is always important, but during the colder months, it’s worth putting extra effort in. Just a few minor additions to your daily routine can help with your overall health. Our Complementary Therapies coordinator Alison Bailey has the following tips:
• Get plenty of vitamin C to boost your immune system.
• Ensure you use a good moisturiser once or twice every day, as chapped skin can lead to skin infections.
• Herbal or fruit teas can be tasty, warming, and good for your digestion.
• Use the following oils in diluted form (1 drop in 10ml water):
- Chamomile oil (or rose water) soothes skin that’s been irritated by adverse weather or too much central heating.
- Eucalyptus is uplifting and invigorating; it helps to clear the mind if congestion caused by colds and sinus issues.
- Tea Tree is a natural antiseptic, which makes it good for the dreaded head lice found in children’s hair during school time. Add to their usual shampoo and use as normal.
- Lavender is good for general relaxation and aching limbs. It also aids sleep pattern, which can often be affected when the darker evenings approach.
- Peppermint can be used for headaches caused by congestion and colds.
Remember to take care and ask for guidance if needed when using essential oils.