Winter Wellness Guide 2017

December tends to be one of the busiest months of the year. We have gifts to buy, parties to attend, end-of-year reports to complete, and the least amount of daylight of the year. Wellness habits can easily fall on the wayside when we’re busy caring for so many other areas of our life. To help amp-up self-care and wellness this busy season, I wanted to take the next few posts to focus on wellness and self-love in the winter. Enter: 12 days of self-love.  Starting tomorrow, I’m going to drop into your inbox each morning with one tip or recipe to focus on self-love that day.

To kick off the season, however, I wanted to put all my best tips for winter wellness in one place. This is a list of things I practice, use, or make to help amp-up my own self-care in the winter months.

When everyone around you is coughing…

-Take some Elderberry Syrup. You can make your own, or buy some pre-made.

-When I have a scratchy throat, I love to drink Throat Coat tea with {local} honey

-Take a probiotic or add in some fermented food like sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha to your plate every day. 80% of your immune system comes from your gut, so it’s super important to keep your gut filled with good bacteria. These good bacteria not only can help you better digest and absorb the nutrients your eating, but they also to keep your immune system functioning optimally.

Get some sleep. Make evenings a sacred time to rest your mind and body, and find a more consistent sleep schedule.

-Get some Vitamin D. Getting outside for at least 15-20 minutes every day is a great way to make sure you get some sunlight and Vitamin D–which supports both your immune system as well as your bone health, and can give you a big happiness boost while you’re at it.

When your skin is extra dry…

-I like to use the honey tonic described in Ginger Garrett’s book Beauty Secrets of the Bible (splash your face with water, and take a tiny dab of honey to use directly on your skin, spread thinly; the water will help keep the honey from becoming too sticky). You can also use more honey to make a face mask in the mornings to wash off before getting ready. To make a honey face-mask, I take a larger dab of honey to coat over my face (after I have put water on my face and hands), and then let the honey sit for a few minutes while I get ready, then I wash it off completely. I do this on mornings when my face is especially red/when I feel a rosacea flare-up coming on.

-If you’re not into the idea of putting plain ‘ole honey on your skin, Good Medicine Beauty Lab has their own version of a honey tonic, called Honey Bee, which is mixed with a whole bunch of other goodies like aloe-vera, as well as frankincense and myrrh essential oils. (they have a 40% off sale going on right now, so it’s a good time to stock up)

Olive oil: my favorite moisturizer and make-up remover, can be used both internally and externally to keep your skin hydrated. I like to use a little olive oil at night to remove make-up and oil pull [massage oil onto your skin, then wet a washcloth with warm water, and allow to rest over your skin for a moment or two–it’s a great way to get toxins out of your skin without using chemicals]. It’s also a great idea to add olive oil to your salads or roasted veggies to get the internal benefits of Vitamin E and oleic acids.

-If you’re not keen on using just olive oil as part of your routine, Good Medicine Beauty Lab also has a great oil cleaner, called Rain, that smells divine and does wonders for my sensitive skin.

-Drink up! Keeping yourself hydrated is a sure way to replenish your skin from the inside out. If you find it hard to drink enough water when its cold out, try drinking warm water and herbal teas throughout the day, or mix up your water with some fun recipes. I have a whole post about staying hydrated in the winter, and Well + Good has some delicious anti-inflammatory winter water recipes you can check out here.

For when you’re moving a thousand miles an hour…

-Maintain a regular meditation/mindfulness practice

-Wake up 30 minutes earlier to give yourself time to: journal, drink warm water with lemon, oil pull, meditate, stretch, go for a walk, or just have a few moments alone. Create a morning routine that you love and can stick to throughout the busy months. Katie Dalebout has lots of great ideas of ways you can create a meaningful morning routine. 

Practice gratitude, sometimes the holidays can become so busy, it’s easy to forget what we’re grateful for. Make gratitude a habit and a practice to combat anxiety, to keep yourself present, and to enjoy life to the fullest.

Write a card to a loved one-just to let them know you’re thinking about them

Unplug from social media, let your eyes rest from screens

Get outside and spend some time in nature. Going for a walk mid-day and getting some sunlight will not only give you a great boost in Vitamin D, it is also shown to relieve anxiety.

Slow down and make something nourishing. Taking the time to be fully present while you cook will  do wonders for your mind. I also find trying new recipes keeps me more present in the kitchen, and encourages me to use different types of vegetables, grains, and spices into my meals. This week,  I’m excited to try this winter salad from Rebecca of Minimal Wellness. 

-Schedule time  to move your body in ways you enjoy!

Get upside down! Put your legs up the wall, or get yourself into down-dog or a headstand. Going upside down helps bring blood from your legs back up to your heart and lungs to fill back up with oxygen, improving circulation. It is also a great way to slow down, focus on the breath, get a new perspective, and just be.

I’d love to hear from you, what are your best tips for staying healthy in the winter months?

With love,


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