Nobody likes the eternally cold feeling that leaves your fingers aching and toes numb. So it’s good to know that there are ways to keep warm during the winter without breaking out an electric blanket.

Unless you spend your winters on an island, it’s likely that you’ll experience some degree of cold. Your job is to make sure your body feels warm. Why? When the body’s working hard to keep you warm, it’s too tired to protect you from viruses and germs. In other words, your body’s immune system needs to be protected so it can do its best to keep you healthy. And since we don’t want you getting sick all season long, it’s best to keep warm.

Natural winter hacks to keep you warm all winter long

“Fire Tea” — This one’s simple, delicious, and comes with many benefits on top of keeping you warm. Just pour yourself a mug of hot (not boiling) water. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into it. Add honey or stevia to taste. Then add cayenne pepper. How much you add is up to you, but you do want to be able to taste it. The combination will not only boost your immune system but will also help you stay warm, thanks to the cayenne boosting your circulation.

“Hot Socks” — Another easy one. Did you know that cayenne works on the skin too? Just grab your socks and carefully sprinkle it into the toe and foot part of your sock. The powdered pepper will be absorbed into your feet through your pores and keep your feet warm.

“Sweat it Out” — Bring the heat in through your shower. Run a hot steamy shower and seal up the bathroom to keep in the heat. Then add a few sprays of Eucalyptus ShowerMist into your shower. The Eucalyptus will help boost circulation (keeping your muscles warm internally), cleanse your respiratory system, and if you go with the Mint-Infused Eucalyptus ShowerMist, leave you invigorated.

“Get Layered” — Wear more layers. Yup, it can be that simple. Invest in a thin, yet warm set of under layers to wear under your normal clothes. Then, lower the heat in your home. Keeping the heat high adds too much contrast to your body temperature and stresses the immune system. Teach your body to acclimate rather than constantly be faced with shock.

There are simple ways to stay warm in the winter naturally and without a load of extra costs. Remember, helping your body stay warm helps your immune system to stay strong.

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