Friday, January 31, 2014

The Runny Nose Recovery Staples

I'm never really 'sick,' and haven't been for the past couple of years. Unfortunately, this means I can't quite convince myself to stay at home for the day, passed out under my duvet. But it's inevitable; no matter how many Green Ryders (Whole Foods' juice bar obsessives, are you with me?) I glug or how often I attempt to get a full eight hours of sleep, we all end up a little under the weather around this time of year--especially when a contaminant enters my ballet class in the depths of her cough. You better guess I glared....

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 double multiple duty for a hair mender (because no one has time to fuss with conditioner), a hand souper, or a dry patch buster. And then, while I (attempt) to catch some sheep in the form of some 'z's' I'll be rocking the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask.

That's the beauty and nutrition level sorted, but I'm still feeling void. Now, that only my mom can fix.


  1. I am cursed with a permanent cold, year-round. I have a deviated septum and it means my right nostril is always blocked or running, oh the joys! Some of these little peppermint goodies have shot up to the top of my list. Once I've got a bit of spare cash I think a splurge is in order. Great tips for combating the winter-cold blues! xo

    Adrienne @ Late Night Nonsense | Bloglovin'

  2. I wanted to try the Dr Bronner's body wash in peppermint! Is it good?

  3. I have heard such mixed reviews about that caster soap. It;s terrible for sensitive skin and gives eczema a boost :(

    I've just written my January favourites blogpost over on my blog www.sophschoices.co.uk

    Sophie x

  4. Tea & chicken soup are the best; I love Tazo Chai. Just picked up a bottle of Argan Oil in hope that it cures all my doubts.

  5. I love your blog, just followed:) The Nuxe reve de Miel lip balm is amazing I love it too! I need to get my hands on the Josie Maran Argan Oil I wish it was readily available in London though.
    A MakeupHabit

  6. I love the Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap. I have it in the tea tree version and it's fantastic.
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  7. At my work tonight we had a kids only art event and normally it's my favorite night of the month because the kids are always lovely and adorable but this time around a little girl came with the world's worst cold and guess who she just NEEDED to hang out with all night, including coughing on? This post could not come at a better time. Your tips are going to be well loved :)

  8. Oh no! I'm glad I could help in anyway possible; I'm sure once you get there, the kids will make you feel much better. xo

  9. Oooo; I definitely want to try that one as well as the Eucalyptus. xo

  10. Thank you, lovely. As for the Josie Maran, I really think any argan oil would be just as good. xo

  11. I hope you like it! xo

  12. Lovely! Especially when you're feeling under the weather or a little sore (how I feel all the time thanks to my ballet classes), the tingle from the peppermint stays on your skin. xo

  13. a great, organic, reliable hair product is the pro naturals argan oil hair treatment. I love it, check it out online


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