Winter is an important time to focus on your integumentary system. Your epidermis. Your skin! This system is one of the 11 systems that make up your body. It’s often forgotten, unless there’s an issue. Lower temperatures, wind, and biting cold can leave skin feeling dull and dry. Nourish it through diet and lifestyle, including filling up on warm, moist, grounding foods, replenishing the skin (and other body parts) with warm oil, and getting plenty of rest. Here are some simple, holistic practices that are great for your skin:
1. Spiced Milk
Switch out afternoon coffee with spiced milk. In a pan, bring milk and spices to a low boil for five minutes. Enjoy!
- 1 cup organic milk (or alternative)
- 1 teaspoon ginger powder
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
- Pinch cardamom powder or nutmeg
- Pinch black pepper
- Note: Spiced milk isn’t appropriate if fighting a fever, cold, flu, sinus infection, or during pregnancy.
4. Organic Coconut Oil
Use this on skin and hair all winter as a head massage or on the ends of your hair. Use a small amount in your mouth and swish it around and pull it through your teeth for 10-15 minutes. Spit it out and then rinse with warm water. There are many benefits to oil pulling.