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.


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