It’s currently warmer in ALASKA than it is here in North Carolina.
Something is definitely wrong with this picture.
So I seem to have more swelling in the humidity of summer, but more joint pain in the cold of winter. And……Baby.It’s.Cold.Outside.
While I’d love to just curl up under my heated blanket and sleep until it warms up, that isn’t really practical. So what’s a Spoonie to do when it’s cold???
Make a warming Salve
Combine the following in a Pyrex measuring cup and melt on stovetop in a pan of water on med-high heat:
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp beeswax
After everything is melted, turn off heat, and add 1/2 tsp Vitamin E oil plus 1 tsp arrowroot or corn starch and whisk until well combined.
Add the following essential oils and pour into tins:
10 drops Black Pepper
10 drops Ginger
10 drops Copaiba
Not only does this salve smell spicy and wonderful, it supports circulation and will help keep hands (and feet) warm; just scoop out a little and massage into hands before putting your gloves on.
Buy a heated throw blanket
I have this one: http://amzn.to/2EQunT9 (affiliate link)
Hana bought it for me for Christmas last year and it’s a favorite not just for my achy joints but for the furbabies as well. I currently have one of them snuggled right next to me enjoying the warmth. While not practical if you are on the go, it’s lovely to come home to AND I’m currently writing this while sitting under the blanket, so you can snuggle AND work……..
Drink warm liquids
Hot drinks like tea (of coffee!!) can give you a warm-all-over feeling. Ginger tea is also particularly good for helping to warm you because ginger helps improve circulation – as well as settles the tummy & helps you avoid colds and the like. I add a drop of ginger essential oil along with a drop of lemon EO to warm water with a small spoonful of raw honey.
No, I’m definitely not suggesting a run around the block, but even just doing some stretches can get your blood moving, warm you up, and reduce joint stiffness and discomfort. Sometimes for just going up and down the stairs a few times helps. If you’re able to do something like that, it can make a huge difference. I’m posting weekly easy stretches in my private oil group on Facebook to help everyone out.
Short of hibernation, these tips are helping me function and reducing my misery in dealing with this LONG cold snap. We are expecting snow today, which I’m truthfully looking forward to. We don’t get much snow here in NC, so it’s always fun. I love the peaceful feeling I get watching the snow fall.
I’d love to help get you set up with a stash of oils to handle things like cold temps. doTERRA has an amazing opportunity right now for you to get $100 in free oils of your choice – Let’s connect and chat about it. I’ll help you learn to use them one on one as well as in my fab oil community, plus we will create your own wellness plan so you can incorporate as many natural options as possible. If you’re tired of the same old and ready for a change, let’s talk and see if this is right for you.