Happy January, friends! If you’re anything like me, you’ve been struggling with the ever-annoying winter sicknesses and sniffles. I lived in massively-humid Tennessee for nearly 24 years before moving to the desert of New Mexico where humidity and rain are scarce. I struggled with allergies while living in Tennessee, and unfortunately, with all of the dust and dry air, my sinuses have only worsened in the desert. That said, I have found some amazing remedies to help fight the winter sniffles!
This Heated Eye Mask was gifted to me for Christmas this year by my mom & has been a game changer for the winter season. It’s USB, equipped with a timer, and has temperature level control capabilities. The eye mask has lavender scents for a relaxing aroma. I usually leave it on my eyes for 30-40 minutes on level 5 each night.
I know this sinus inhaler looks funny, but it really does wonders. I usually add one of these eucalyptus scent pads that are sold for this specific model, and breathe into it for 5-15 minutes at a time. Be sure to have tissues nearby, as this is meant to drain your sinuses (nose and eyes, sorry if tmi!).
A heated blanket is one of the most popular must-haves for the winter (or any season, really!). Keeping your body warm is not only relaxing, but better for muscles during the colder months. I picked this one up from Target in the “throw blanket” size. I use it every night, and usually end up bundled up with our cats and dog!
If you’re not already using a humidifier, I really encourage you to invest in one ASAP. I’ve used one on and off since childhood, and really can’t imagine not having one during the winter season. I even have a cold-air humidifier for the summer! Just before going to bed, my husband and I turn this humidifier on to the low setting and leave it on until the morning. It’s best to use distilled water to refill your humidifier (found in the water section of your local supermarket), and I recommend purchasing the humidifier cleaner as well!
This post wouldn’t be complete without mentioning a soothing tea! An old favorite that I rediscovered is the Starbucks’ Medicine Ball. It contains honey, mint, citrus, & lemonade. I’m normally not a fan of hot tea, but this one is definitely amazing for sore throats or for just a soothing drink on a cold day. Check out more info here.
Let me know in the comments below if you have any tips to fight the winter sniffles!