Top 7 Natural Remedies as Precaution for the Upcoming Winter Months

The winter months can be beautiful but they can also bring with it struggles such as dry skin and winter colds. Luckily, just as you can find a remedy to slow metabolism at, you can find natural remedies for the winter months here.

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1. Honey and Raw Milk


If there is one thing that winter can bring with it, it’s dry skin. After all, the winter weather is rather dry and the wind that comes with it doesn’t help at all. With a little honey and raw milk, though, you can repair your damaged skin in no time.


Raw milk, if you aren’t familiar with the term, is milk that hasn’t been pasteurized to kill bacteria. This can make it risky to drink but it can be very helpful when it comes to winter skin.


To make this natural remedy, you will want to mix together 2 tablespoons of raw milk for every 1 tablespoon of honey. Remember, making a little of this mixture goes a long way. Once the mixture is ready, simply dip a cotton ball in it and apply it to your dry skin.


It should be noted that those with particularly sensitive skin or a milk allergy might have a problem with this remedy.


2. Vapor Rub


Many of us remember using vapor rub as a child to relieve coughing and clear up congestion. What you might not know, though, is that you can make natural vapor rub of your own to shake off that winter cold or flu.


To start, you will want to melt down 2 tablespoons of beeswax. Then, add in essential oils. A good mixture is 20 drops of peppermint oil and eucalyptus oil each and 10 drops of rosemary oil and cinnamon oil each.


If you are making this vapor rub for your kids, use 4 drops of eucalyptus oil and peppermint oil and don’t add any cinnamon oil or rosemary oil. You can also weaken the mixture with coconut oil.


Then, you can simply store this in a jar with a lid and use it just as you would use any other vapor rub.


3. Ginger


Ginger has a lot of great properties you might not think about on a daily basis. As relevant here, it is great at helping the immune system to keep the dreaded winter cold at bay as well as has anti-inflammatory properties.


One of the best ways to use ginger is in tea. This way, it warms you up and you take advantage of how soothing it can be on a sore throat. Alternatively, you can put it in a broth.


If you have dried ginger or fresh ginger root and you aren’t sure what to do with it, don’t worry. All you have to do is let it simmer in a pan for about 20 minutes and then strain it. If you want to add another layer of flavor, you can add a bit of honey and lemon.


4. Valerian


During the winter, the holidays can cause a lot of stress. From last-minute shopping to planning family gatherings, there’s a lot to worry about. To relieve this stress, you might want to consider employing valerian root which is a great natural remedy to anxiety.


The best way to use valerian is to make yourself a soothing cup of tea. To do so, you’ll want to start by putting valerian root in a tea infuser and place it in a mug. Then, heat up water in a kettle and pour it in the mug once it gets hot. Since you are preparing a root rather than a flower (like chamomile) you’ll need to let it steep longer, 10 to 15 minutes is usually enough.


5. Elderberry Syrup


Once again we are visiting a remedy to help with the common cold. This can be used to help prevent a cold and it can be used to help shorten a cold as well. Elderberry is well-known for it’s properties as an immune system booster.


The easiest way to make elderberry syrup is to throw a ⅔ cup of dried black elderberries, about 3 ½ cups of water, 2 tablespoons of some of the ginger from earlier, a teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and ½ teaspoon of cloves in a pot. Put a lid on it and let it boil for 9 minutes. Then, strain it. Once it’s cooled, add in a cup of honey.


Take a ½ to 1 tablespoon (½ to 1 teaspoon for kids!) every day and you can bump it up to a dose every few hours if you catch a cold.


6. Thyme


Thyme is yet another remedy for winter ailments. When you feel yourself getting a little under the weather, pull out some thyme – it can be either fresh or dried. You can throw some thyme into a stew or soup you’re making to make yourself feel better for an easy recipe. Thyme is also tasty, so it won’t make your soup medicine-tasting at all.


A different approach you can make is to a steam. To do this, put thyme in a near boiling pot of water and turn off the heat. Then, you can put a towel over your head and the pot to breathe in the steam. Doing this for about 5 minutes should help you feel better.

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7. Sage


The final natural remedy on our list is another herb: sage. Sage comes in a few different forms from the sage you use in the kitchen to the sage used in incense or smudge sticks. In this case, the sage in your kitchen will do the trick to soothe a sore throat.


Once again, the best choice is to make a strong cup of tea. Instead of drinking it, though, you’ll get the most benefit by gargling the mixture a few times a day. To make this, use 4 ounces of water and 2 teaspoons of shade.

About The Author
Hi there, I’m Woodworking Pete Alman.
I’m a former carpenter turned writer, and proud resident of Nashville, Tennessee.
When not working on a project in my shed, I’m lifting weights
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