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Healthcare During The Winter Season—Common Cold, Flu and Dry Skin

As a parent, Chitrangada writes to spread awareness regarding common health problems in children, and suggests tried and tested solutions.

Winter care

Winter care

How To Deal With Common Health Problems, During The Winter Season

Who doesn’t love the Winter season?

It’s the time to take out your best woollens, stylish caps, jackets, coats etc. Enjoying with friends, during the daytime, with the warm Sunshine and hot coffee, is a regular affair, during this time of the year.

However, the winter season also brings some minor health problems, along with it. You have to take extra care of your skin, your hair, your diet and your immune system, in general.

Cold and Flu:

After the onset of winter, usually we are exposed to various temperatures, during the day and the night, or when we are indoors or outdoors, in the car or outside the car.

These variations in temperature, gives rise to viral or bacterial infections.

If your Immune System is strong, you may not catch infections easily. But if it is not such, you might get repeated attacks of cold, cough or flu.

Prevention is better than cure:

1. Keep yourself warm by wearing sufficient woolen clothes and avoid exposure and sudden change of the temperatures.

Cover your head, with woollen caps, your hands with gloves, and feet with socks and shoes, before going out.

2. After hot water bath, completely dry and cover yourself, with proper warm clothes, before coming out of your room, to avoid exposure.

3. Drink herbal tea prepared with Basil (Tulsi) leaves, crushed ginger and add honey. You can even add black pepper powder in it. This tea prevents you from getting cold or cough.

Taking a cup of tea, with this combination every morning, will protect you throughout winters, from catching cold and cough. If however, the infection is severe, you must see the doctor.

4. A cup of hot milk, and half teaspoonful of turmeric powder, is beneficial to cure sore throat, and cold related mild fever.

5. If you have a blocked or running nose, try taking warm or hot steam.

The procedure is simple. Boil water in a big bowl and place it on your dining table.

Put half teaspoonful of cooking salt into it, bring your face over the warm water, cover your entire head with a big towel.

Now breathe slowly for 5 minutes. You will feel the ease, in your respiratory track. Remove the towel.

You can repeat this process 2 to 3 times in a day.

Drink warm water, when you have cold or sore throat.

How to take steam to ease blocked nose: source you tube

Woollen wear for winter season

Woollen wear for winter season

Moisturize...Moisturize...Moisturize...

Skincare during the winter season:

The common problem, faced by many of us, during the winter season is the dry and rough skin, cracked heels and lips.

The intensity, may be less or more in different persons, but it is there, no doubt.

The cold winds of the winter steal the moisture from the skin, which causes dry outer layer of the skin.

There are however, some remedies, which you can follow, to prevent this situation.

1. Drink plenty of water, to keep yourself hydrated, even in the winter season. If you find it difficult to drink water that is cold, warm water can be kept in a thermos.

2. Go for a hot olive oil massage all over, before you take bath.

3. Keep moisturizers for face, hands and body, handy in your purse, whenever you are going out.

Also keep a lip balm handy.

Moisturizing cream with Aloe vera and honey are particularly beneficial in this season.

4. For cracked heels, you can soak your feet in fairly hot water for 10 minutes once or twice a week.

Add some drops of olive oil in the hot water. Scrub away the dead skin from the heels. Dry your feet and apply foot cream.

Hair care:

1. Winter also makes your hair dry and rough and you may have a dandruff attack.

A warm olive oil massage helps immensely.

2. Hot towel steam treatment to your hair, gives new life to your hair, by rejuvenating it.

The procedure is simple. Soak a big towel in hot water and squeeze excess water. Cover your entire head and leave for 5 minutes.

3. Applying lemon juice on the scalp, helps prevent dandruff.

Eat plenty of fruits in winter

Eat plenty of fruits in winter

How to make herbal tea for wintercare, Source: YouTube

It’s Important To Eat the right food and exercise regularly, during the winter season

1. Our Mother Nature provides those particular crops, which is suitable for that very season. So, go seasonal and eat the fruits and vegetables which grow naturally, in the winter season.

Oranges, guava, tomatoes, carrots, green peas, lot of greens like spinach etc. grow in abundance and are perfect for the winter season.

2. Have plenty of nuts, like almonds, cashew nuts, pistachio, dates etc.

3. Eat food which keeps you warm from within—milk and milk products, soups with spices like pepper, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, garlic added to it.

Seasame seed preparations with jaggery, are quite common in India, because it keeps you warm from within.

Exercise regularly:

Generally, we tend to avoid exercising in the winter season, because of the chilly weather outside.

But you can go for your walking and jogging fully covered with woolen clothes. If not, have your exercise sessions at home itself. But, please do not miss your exercises.

You can even do yogic exercises, to keep yourself warm.

In spite of taking all precautions, chances are that you might feel dull or lethargic.

May be, you feel hard to get up early in the morning, as you do in the summer season. Keep your spirits high, and follow your regular healthy routine effectively.

The winter season is most enjoyable, if you remain fit and healthy and do not fall ill, or catch other winter related diseases.


Snowfall during the winter season

Snowfall during the winter season

Enjoy this winter song, source: You tube

Skincare in Winter season, source: You tube

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Chitrangada Sharan

Comments

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 13, 2020:

Thank you Peggy, for reading the article and sharing your valuable comments and personal experience. I agree with you that moisturising is very important and for an older skin, more moisturising is required.

Hot water is not good for the skin and hair, as you rightly point out. It’s always warm water. I also drink warm water throughout the winter season, to avoid cold and coughs.

Thank you for your useful and positive feedback. Take care.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 13, 2020:

We are definitely in the season where moisturizers for the skin is necessary. One tip that I had read is not to take hot showers, but rather use warm water instead. Then immediately moisturize the skin when still damp. As you mentioned, drinking lots of water is important. I think (from personal experience) that older skin needs more moisturizing than more youthful skin. Useful tips, Chitrangada! Here is to staying healthy!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 26, 2017:

Thank you Tamara for reading and appreciating this article! I am glad you found it beneficial.

All these are tried and tested methods of getting relief from common cold and related conditions. Not only that, they are preventive too and build up the immune system stronger.

Thanks for your kind words! Much appreciated!

BBYCGN from Uninhabited Regions on October 26, 2017:

This is a very inspiring article which makes me feel like starting all of these healthy ideas right now!

I enjoyed your mention of the herbs, as I have found great benefits from Garlic, Cinnamon, and several others. I will plan to purchase Tumeric, as well. I just bought some crushed Ginger, and Ground Cloves the other day for a few recipes that I want to try.

Yes, exercise is so important! And, so is stretching... Yoga, yes!

I use lots and lots of hair conditioner to not only moisturize my hair, but also to make it easier to comb out after if has been washed (due to so many curls, it can get so tangled)!

Yes, lots of water (in Wintertime, I drink warm water, and herbal tea).

If the air gets too dry, I use an indoor humidifier or vaporizer, especially at nighttime. It makes the air very comfortable, then.

Thank you for so many useful and wonderful tips, Chitrangada!

Tamara xxx

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 18, 2016:

Thank you Peg Cole, for appreciating the hub on winter care. Glad you found it useful. The herbal tea is very beneficial indeed and nowadays I am making it almost regularly since Winter season is at its peak.

Thank you again!

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on January 17, 2016:

Useful tips to help prevent the winter blues and related illness. I love Nivea cream for moisturizing and your tip on making the tea sounds delicious.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 23, 2015:

Thank you Nithya, for reading and commenting on this hub. Glad you liked the tips for winter season related health issues.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on December 22, 2015:

Useful tips to handle the winter season. Always better to take care than fall sick. Thank you for sharing.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 28, 2014:

Thanks cygnetbrown, for stopping by!

I am pleased to know that found the tips useful. Thanks for your positive comments!

Cygnet Brown from Springfield, Missouri on January 28, 2014:

You have a lot of wonderful tips here on taking care of yourself in winter. Lots of good sound advice. Thank you!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 24, 2013:

Thanks DDE, for reading this hub. I am glad you found the tips useful. Thanks!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 24, 2013:

Winter blues are still here in Croatia your tips sound good thanks for sharing your great ideas.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 26, 2012:

Thanks Cathy Fidelibus, for your visit to this hub and your valuable comments.

Ms. Immortal from NJ on December 25, 2012:

Lots of great information here. I especially like your herbal tea prepared with basil leaves, crushed ginger and honey.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 16, 2012:

Thanks tillsontitan, for visiting my page. I am glad you found the 'preventatives' useful. I am into the habit of taking precautions as soon as the season starts, as I find cold, cough, dryness very irritating..... and it always helps.

Thanks for voting up.

Mary Craig from New York on December 16, 2012:

This was great but I have to say the best part for me was "Prevention is better than cure"...you introduced me to some new 'preventatives' along with the old.

This was a really great read and I have a feeling it will be helpful for many.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 16, 2012:

Thanks MarleneB, for your visit and appreciation. It is such a pleasure to hear from you. I am pleased to know that you liked the tips to get protection in winters. Thanks again.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on December 15, 2012:

These are all excellent tips for keeping warm and protected during the winter. It is amazing how dry the skin gets during wintertime. I have to remember to keep my skin moisturized and like you suggested, olive oil is great for that, especially as a hair treatment. I also like your ideas for what to put in a daily cup of hot tea (#3 of your Prevention tips).

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 12, 2012:

Thanks safiq ali patel, for your visit and feedback.

safiq ali patel from United States Of America on December 11, 2012:

Good seasonal topical hub. Thank you.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 11, 2012:

Thanks avionnovice, for visiting and commenting. I hope it will of help in winter season.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 11, 2012:

Thanks flashmakeit, for your support and appreciation. Glad to know, you found it useful.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on December 10, 2012:

This is plenty of great advice for the winter. Everything tends to dry out in the winter.

flashmakeit from usa on December 10, 2012:

That was an interesting and useful article and I hope it prevents me from the ills winter brings.