Ultimately, it seems like there's a theme to work on a more cosmetic level when it comes to knocking sickness--slap on some extra under-eye concealer, smooth on some highlighter, etc. But my 'who cares' prerogative suggests I could care less about how others view me when I'm feeling groggy; I just want to feel as perky as a freshly washed kitten.
Anything with the title of 'peppermint' does exactly that. A few drops of peppermint essential oil (I have the Aura Cacia Peppermint Oil) rubbed under my nose lifts my nasal passages so I will actually be able to breath. Also, a few drops in the tub feels as good as ice on a popsicle-dripping day.
The Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap in Peppermint also mends my grudge, and the formula transformation suggests that this bottle is more made for a body wash or shampoo evoking the same heart-lifting sensation.
Working from the inside out is always wise when your insides are dripping out, and staying hydrated is the way to go. Your mom was actually precise when she shoved chicken soup your way--luckily, mine still does--but tea has the same effect. Of course, now is the time to dig out my favorite: the Tazo Zen Tea, but, beyond the peppermint and green tea flavor, the catechins give my system an extra boost and the steam opens up the stuff in my nose (better than a pack of tissues).
But, around this time, I'm also an advocate for juice; okay, okay--I love the stuff all the time. But, pack a shedload of nutrients into a sixteen-ounce bottle and I can't help but feel a little giddy.
But, there's something I'm missing in my address for kicking the winter blues to the curb: hydration. My lips are the first to go, and, although I've averted some sentiment to another tube, the Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip Balm wins tops when it comes to the most hydrating pucker.
And for the skin, I slap on some über moisturizing oil during the day--endorsed by the gorgeous Josie Maran herself--in the form of the Josie Maran 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil, but it also works
That's the beauty and nutrition level sorted, but I'm still feeling void. Now, that only my mom can fix.