As we descend into the winter months, there are certain illnesses that we can expect to come knocking on the door - and with good reason. As the temperatures and humidity levels drop, so too does our immunity towards viruses and other nasties that enter our bodies through our mucus membranes.
The biggest offender? The dreaded common cold, of course.
On average, each of us will experience two colds per year. And while most colds will clear up on their own within a week, the symptoms experienced within that time are decidedly less than enjoyable.
Unfortunately, there is no way to "cure" a cold virus, though there are preventable measures we can all take to help boost our immune systems, which in turn increases our body's ability to fight off colds and other undesirable viruses.
In today's blog, we're highlighting our seasonal favourites that can help ensure your body is in tip-top shape. Read on to learn how you can protect yourself this winter!
Citrus Hand Wash
You’ve heard this before, but it bears repeating: hand washing is a must to ward off colds and other illnesses, all year round - and not just after using the washroom. To best protect yourself and others from viruses, ensure you’re washing your hands before and after eating and drinking, taking public transit, and interacting with children and the elderly.
Our Citrus Hand Wash is a bathroom and kitchen staple for us throughout the winter months. Its organic lemon and orange oils add the perfect amount of zest to any hand washing session, and its beautiful summery scent combats food smells such as garlic and onions on the hands (and helps remind us of warmer days!). Pair it with our Citrus Hand Lotion for the ultimate hand care regimen this winter.
Organic Defence Hand Spray
While we can all agree on the importance of frequent hand washing, sometimes it’s just not possible. When we’re on the go, we depend on our Organic Defence Hand Spray. Clinically proven to kill 99.9% of bacteria, the spray combines a blend of pure essential oils with witch hazel to naturally keep your hands clean and fresh. This gentle yet effective all-natural product is a wonderful alternative to the harsh, synthetic sanitizers that can find their way into our bags.
Goodnight Pillow Mist
When you get a full night sleep, your body is more prepared to heal, restore, and protect itself. For those who have trouble falling asleep or find their sleeps are not particularly restful, we love lavender. With its calming fragrance, lavender is renowned for its ability to relax and promote restful sleep.
Our NEW Goodnight Pillow Mist contains French Lavender, vetiver, Geranium and Mandarin essential oils. Proven to improve your sleep from the first night*, our Mist helps to calm and sooth the mind before bed so your body remains in good fighting form.
*Based on consumer trials on 100 participants.
So… what happens if you do get sick?
Sometimes, despite our best intentions and all the proactivity in the world, our efforts just aren’t enough to ward off pesky viruses. If you do find yourself falling sick with a cold, we’ve included a bonus recipe for our Frankincense Throat and Chest Rub! Keep it in your medicine cabinet, and break it out any time you're feeling a little bit below the weather.
Frankincense essential oil is blended here with other oils to create a warming upper-body rub. The perfect pick-me-up for when you're not feeling so hot!
Download your own recipe card here.
How do you protect your health in cold and flu season? Have you used and loved any of the products mentioned in this post? Let us know in the comments below!