Seasonal Care: Essentials for winter Winter is upon us and we all know that we have to take extra care of our health and skin during winter. The cold weather and low humidity results in dry air which steals moisture from the skin. We are more sensitive to the cold and flu in winter. So how do we ensure that we get the right nutrition to increase our immunity and fight the cold? And how do we protect our skin during winter? Look no further; we have created a seasonal package containing some of the best foods and personal care items to keep your skin hydrated and your body warm this winter. This package includes food items like coffee, honey, ginger, ghee and personal care items like soap, loofah and coconut oil for your body. Honey Honey is a multipurpose ingredient with many benefits. Nutritionally, one tablespoon of honey contains 64 calories and 17 grams of sugar. It contains no fiber, fat or protein. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends honey as a natural cough remedy. Since honey is warm in nature, it helps to keep our body warm during the winter. It strengthens the immune system, holding off cough, cold and flu. So, have a tablespoon of honey every morning to keep your immune system strong and your body warm. Ginger Another versatile ingredient that hosts many benefits, ginger is a must have spice in winter. It is used to help digestion, prevent nausea and help combat common cold and flu. It boosts your immunity and warms you up. Ginger contains anti-inflammatory properties which help to reduce the symptoms of cold, flu and headaches. You can make yourself a cup of ginger tea in the morning or add ginger in desserts, vegetables or meat. Really, there’s no going wrong with this food item. Ghee Ghee is one of our favorite items in the kitchen. Not only is it an easily digestible fat, it increases your immunity and protects the body from flu and cold. Ghee keeps your body warm. You can add a spoon or two of ghee in lentils, bread or vegetables. Ghee can also be used as a substitute of butter. If you want less cholesterol, then we recommend buffalo ghee, which is also rich in minerals like phosphorus and magnesium and can be found in the Kathmandu Organics website. Coffee Having a cup of coffee daily keeps you warm in winter. We all feel sluggish during cold winter mornings and drinking coffee will get us working. Coffee is beneficial for our health and the level of good it does on our health depends on how we drink it. Drinking coffee without creamer or sugar is generally considered healthier. In addition to that, it also keeps your skin glowing and healthy. The antioxidants present in coffee help your skin fight against UV damage and revitalize your skin. You can use coffee as a scrub to remove dead skin cells. If you’re looking for organic coffee of high quality, we recommend the Red Cherry coffee which can be found in the Kathmandu Organics website. Organic coffee uses fewer pesticides and synthetic chemicals. Loofah and organic soap During the winter, our skin can be dry, itchy and irritated. So, taking care of our skin is very essential. To get rid of dry and flaky skin, using a loofah while showering is highly recommended as it stimulates blood circulation and removes dead skin cells, leaving your skin smooth and glowing. Also, using the right soap is very essential for good winter skin. Using organic soap is better than harsh soaps as organic soaps do not contain any harmful chemicals. Harsh soaps strips the skin off its natural oil, making the skin lose moisture. Using a mild natural moisturizing soap is recommended for skin in winter. Try honey soap from the Kathmandu Organics.
Coconut Oil Coconut oil is rich in Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6 and Vitamin E along with several essential fatty acids. It nourishes the skin and hair. You can use coconut oil on your skin to give it the extra moisture it needs. During winter, our hair tends to be dry and frizzy. Giving your hair a coconut oil treatment at least once a week helps to nourish the hair and scalp.