Ah winter, you always seem to catch us Aussies off guard. One minute it's hot and we're complaining that winter will never come, and on the 1st of June you always deliver. With you, of course, you bring your seasonal gifts of winter produce, warm soups, cups of tea, and an influx of germs ripe for incubating in our cosy, artificially heated environments.
If your family is blessed with children, then you get even more gifts that your little treasure will bring home and share with the family. Those lovely number 11s under the nose, the thunderous roar of a chesty cough, and the long, cold nights of nursing your little ones back to sleep.
Fortunately, you can keep these gifts at bay with a few of these secret weapons. It's important to note that while remedies will help you over the next three months, nothing tops getting enough nutrients into your body to help your cells and immune system function properly in the first place. So up the veggies, the citrus fruit, the garlic in every meal, and make sure you're getting enough sleep and the odds will be in your favour.
There are a few oils I simply can't live without, and usually stock up on during winter time. These are Oregano, Easy Air and On Guard. Oregano is one of the most potent and powerful essential oils and has been used for centuries in traditional health practices for its cleansing and immune-boosting properties. The primary chemical components of Oregano are carvacol and thymol, both in the phenols group, which possess cleansing and antioxidant properties. Easy Air is great for stuffy noses and clearing congestion, while On Guard I like to dilute with some fractionated coconut oil and apply topically, take as drops with some honey as a powerful bacteria fighting losinger, dilute in water as a gargle or diffuse in the air.
Winter is the time to up your garlic intake. Garlic contains allicin, our little friend responsible for that famous odour. Allicin also gives garlic it's renowned anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Add it to every meal you possibly can, but if you simply can't stand it, you can get it in capsule form. Garlic is also great when you happen to get a little blemish on your face. Simply cut a clove in half, rub the goodness on your spot and leave overnight.
In an often isolating world, sharing our experiences as mothers on instagram has helped so many mums connect with other like minded souls going through the same highs and lows. I have loved watching fellow Brisbane super mum of five (yea mama!), Abbey Braithwaite, share her motherhood journey with the world. Her pictures are peppered with tiny fingers grabbing tasty morsels that she prepares and magical adventures with her little people. There is, of course, much more to this beautiful woman than you can share on instagram.
Winter is finally here, and has brought with it the dry skin, hair and chapped lips. Time to switch up your beauty routine to ensure your skin is protected. Here is the round up of my favourite products at the moment that I use to keep my skin soft, supple and beautiful
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