Although it’s still warm and sunny out, the days are getting shorter, and cold weather is creeping up on us. As someone who is very susceptible to the cold, I generally have to layer up and surround myself with a few strong space heaters! These generally give off a dry heat that tortures my sinuses and leaves both, me and my skin feeling parched. In order to cut out the need for these pesky heaters (and save a few bucks on electricity), I’ve adopted a some Ayurvedic ingredients and habits that keep me feeling warm, inside and out!
- Just Add Ginger: Ginger root has been used in Ayurveda since ancient times for a variety of natural remedies. Most of us are familiar with its ability to lessen nausea, since we reach for a ginger ale anytime we get motion sickness or a stomach flu, but ginger can also keep us warm on a cold day! Ginger’s spicy qualities cause it to be a warming spice that fuels the digestive fire in our bodies, called Agni, and also protects our lungs from the frigid air of winter. I like to add a few slices of ginger in hot tea to keep me toasty when the chill sets in.
- Meet Ginger's Cousin, Turmeric: Not only is turmeric great for your skin because of its revitalizing and anti-aging properties, but it can also help you battle the shivers when the warm weather ends! Turmeric is in the ginger family and works in a similar way to increase blood circulation and fend off the cold. My favorite home remedy with turmeric is as simple as a warm glass of milk, a half-teaspoon of turmeric, and some honey to sweeten with. This creamy drink is the perfect night cap to help you fall asleep and stay warm through the night.
- Rub Down to Warm Up: Massaging warm oils into the skin and hair can be an incredible way to wind down for the day. A massage leaves you feeling pampered and relaxed. Incorporating natural oils, such as coconut oil, can also help you from catching the sniffles once the cold sets in. Warm oils applied on the body and scalp for ten minutes every morning before showering can promote increased blood flow to the outer layers of skin, helping you ditch the extra sweater!
As we bid the warm weather farewell and dawn our layers, keeping these natural tips in mind always helps to battle the dropping temperatures. If you know of any other great ways to stay warm, or have a chance to try any of these out, let us know!