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What can you do when you are Feeling Cold?

by Penny Keay

Let me talk about what to do when you are feeling cold and how you might be able to warm up.

Can you tell we live in the northern parts of Minnesota?

Of course, if you live where it is warm in the months of December through February, this won’t apply to you for now. We have many readers from the southern hemisphere and know that it is approaching summer time for you folks.

Just keep this article handy and use it in about 6 months.

Anyway, sometimes after you have been outdoors - such as when you are running errands - in and out of stores, getting in and out of your auto, and then when you finally arrive home, you feel chilled.

Common sense should tell you that if you are feeling chilly, you should either turn up the thermostat or add another layer of clothing. But, what if you still feel cold to the bone? Then what should you do?

Well there are a few simple things you can be try.

1. Drink something hot. Maybe you like Coffee, Tea, Hot cocoa, Broth. Al and I like all these. However, do not add any alcohol to help make you warm. It would only be temporary help.

2. Put something on your feet! Often times if your feet are cold, so is the rest of you.

For some folks, slippers will be all they need. Others may need to put on a couple pair of socks and their shoes! As long as I wear my shoes, I am rarely cold.

I know folks that run around (in their houses in Minnesota) and complain about being cold. Lo and behold they are running around stocking footed!

3. For the Aromatherapy enthusiast - Soak your feet in a tub of warm water with essential oils added to help increase the circulation!

You can use essential oils that help with circulation or you can add your favorites! It is your choice.

Here is a list of those that are considered warming oils. Remember too, they can help you in other ways too, since they all have varying degrees of antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties.

Eucalyptus globulus, Peppermint, Cedarwood,Lavender, Nutmeg, Clove bud, Sage, Rosemary, Sweet Marjoram, Black Pepper, Juniper berry, Bay laurel, Cinnamon leaf

Now, do not let the water get too hot. Only soak your feet for no more than about 20-30 minutes. When you are done, dry your feet well, apply some lotion or oil such as Jojoba. Then put on your socks and shoes or slippers.

4. If this does not do the trick, you may want to try a soaking in a warm bath. This is my preferred method to warm up.

Again, do not forget your essential oils to add to the tub. Why not add some Epsom or bath salts to the water too. These help relax tight muscles.

Tight muscles keep your blood from flowing effectively throughout your body. The colder you are the more contracted muscles will become.

Contracted muscles do not allow blood to flow correctly. Although the muscle is working, it needs to relax to let the blood in.

Fill the tub full of comfortably warm water and soak, add more hot water as needed. You should not need to soak more than 30 minutes.

Again, dry yourself well, apply some oil or lotion and get dressed. You should feel nice and warm by now!

Here are a couple recipes of oils to try for soaking your feet.

Foot Soak

Lemon - 10 drops
Geranium - 6 drops
Rosemary - 4 drops

Begin by blending the essential oils in a glass bottle. Then add 3-4 drops to a basin of hot water, use a large enough basin to soak your feet in comfortably.

You can also add up to 10 drops if you wish to use this in a full tub of water.

Here is a recipe for the bath. This helps to increase your whole body circulation.

Hot Bath

Cypress - 2 drops
Juniper berry - 2 drops
Peppermint - 2 drops
Pine needle - 2 drops
Rosemary - 2 drops

Simply add the oils to a bathtub filled with warm water, and Soak and Enjoy! Add some bath salts too!!

A SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT SAUNAS / STEAM BATHS

In Northern Minnesota there are many folks from Scandinavian descent and many of them enjoy Saunas.

What a great way to warm up and stimulate your circulation! But there are special warnings about using Essential oils in the Sauna or Steam bath.

These types of baths can be great but if you are using essential oils you must use them cautiously. Start by using a few drops only, say of Eucalyptus globulus , Tea Tree or Pine needle essential oils. Choose one of the oils to begin.

Only use small amounts of these oils. In saunas, essential oils can quickly enter the body by inhalation. They will exit by perspiration. Sweating is one way for the body to do a quite a bit of detoxifying and cleansing.

The suggested method to use these oils in the sauna is to add 2 drops to 2 1/2 cups of water - shake well and add to the heat source as needed.

If you choose to use other essentials oils please do some reading to make sure they can be used without any unpleasant side effects.

Peppermint should probably be avoided as it could cause a burning sensation to the skin and air passages when used in a sauna.

Because of all the steam, some essentials oils can cause lung/airway irritations or minor skin irritations. Remember use only a drop or two. Add more if needed.

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© 2012, 2015, 2017 Penny Keay All rights reserved Worldwide.
Please do not use my information without my permission.


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