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How to Deal With Common Cold, Flu and Dry Skin During Winter Season

Updated on June 21, 2018
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As a parent, Chitrangada writes to spread awareness regarding common health problems in children, and suggests tried and tested solutions.

Winter care
Winter care | Source

How To Deal With Winter Health Problems

Who doesn’t love Winter season!

Time to take out your best woollens, stylish caps, jackets, coats etc., enjoying with friends during daytime with the warm Sunshine and hot coffee is a regular affair during this time of the year.

However, winter also brings some problems along with it. You have to take extra care of your skin, your hair, your diet and your immune system in general.

Cold and Flu:

After the onset of winter, generally we are exposed to various temperatures during day and night, or when we are indoors or outdoors, in the car or outside the car.

These variations in temperature gives rise to viral or bacterial infections.

If your Immune System is strong, you may not catch infections easily. But if it is not such, you might get repeated attacks of cold, cough or flu.

Prevention is better than cure:

1. Keep yourself warm by wearing sufficient woolen clothes and avoid exposure and sudden change of temperatures.

Cover your head, with woollen caps, your hands with gloves and feet with socks and shoes, before going out.

2. After hot water bath, completely dry yourself and cover yourself with proper warm clothes before coming out of your room, to avoid exposure.

3. Drink herbal tea prepared with Basil (Tulsi) leaves, crushed ginger and add honey. You can even add pepper powder in it. This tea prevents you from getting cold or cough.

Taking a cup of tea with this combination every morning will protect you throughout winters, from catching cold and cough. If however the infection is severe, you must see the doctor.

4. A cup of hot milk and half teaspoonful of turmeric powder is beneficial to cure sore throat and cold related mild fever.

5. If you have a blocked nose or running nose try taking warm or hot steam.

The procedure is simple. Boil water in a big bowl and place it on your dining table.

Put half teaspoonful of cooking salt into it, bring your face over the warm water, cover your entire head with a big towel.

Now breathe slowly for 5 minutes. You will feel the ease in your respiratory track. Remove the towel .

You can repeat this process 2 to 3 times in a day.

Drink warm water, when you have cold or sore throat.

How to take steam to ease blocked nose: source you tube

Woollen wear for winter season
Woollen wear for winter season | Source


Skincare during winters:

The common problem faced by most of the people in winters is dry and rough skin, cracked heels and lips.

The intensity may be less or more in different persons, but it is there, no doubt.

The cold winds of the winter steal the moisture from the skin, which causes dry outer layer of the skin.

There are however, some remedies which you can follow to prevent this situation.

1. Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated, even in winters. If you find it difficult to drink water that is cold, warm water can be kept in a thermos.

2. Go for a hot olive oil massage all over, before bath.

3. Keep moisturizers for face, hands and body, handy in your purse, whenever you are going out.

Also keep a lip balm handy.

Moisturizing cream with Aloe vera and honey are particularly beneficial in this season.

4. For cracked heels, you can soak your feet in fairly hot water for 10 minutes once or twice a week.

Add some drops of olive oil in the hot water. Scrub away the dead skin from the heels. Dry your feet and apply foot cream.

Hair care:

1. Winter also makes your hair dry and rough and you may have a dandruff attack.

A warm olive oil massage helps immensely.

2. Hot towel steam treatment to your hair gives new life to your hair, by rejuvenating it.

The procedure is simple. Soak a big towel in hot water and squeeze excess water. Cover your entire head and leave for 5 minutes.

3. Applying lemon juice on the scalp helps prevent dandruff.

Eat plenty of fruits in winter
Eat plenty of fruits in winter | Source

How to make herbal tea for wintercare, Source: YouTube

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Eat the right food and exercise regularly

1. Our Mother Nature provides those particular crop, which is suitable for that very season. So go seasonal and eat the fruits and vegetables which grow naturally in the winter season.

Oranges, guava, tomatoes, carrots, green peas, lot of greens like spinach etc. grow in abundance and are perfect for the winters.

2. Have plenty of nuts, like almonds, cashew nuts, pistachio, dates etc.

3. Eat food which keep you warm from within..milk and milk products, soups with spices like pepper, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, garlic added to it.

Seasame seed preparations with jaggery are quite common in India, because it keeps you warm from within.

Exercise regularly:

Generally, we tend to avoid exercising in winters because of the chilly weather outside.

But you can go for your walking and jogging fully covered with woolens. If not, have your exercise at home itself. But please do not miss your exercises.

You can even do yogic exercises, to keep yourself warm.

In spite of taking all precautions, chances are that you might feel dull or lethargic.

May be you feel hard to get up early in the morning as you do in summer. Keep your spirits high and follow your healthy routine effectively.

The winter season is most enjoyable, if you remain fit and healthy and do not fall ill, or catch other winter related diseases.


Enjoy this winter song, source: You tube

Skincare in Winter season, source: You tube

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    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      8 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Tamara for reading and appreciating this article! I am glad you found it beneficial.

      All these are tried and tested methods of getting relief from common cold and related conditions. Not only that, they are preventive too and build up the immune system stronger.

      Thanks for your kind words! Much appreciated!

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      Tamara Yancosky Moore 

      8 months ago from Uninhabited Regions

      This is a very inspiring article which makes me feel like starting all of these healthy ideas right now!

      I enjoyed your mention of the herbs, as I have found great benefits from Garlic, Cinnamon, and several others. I will plan to purchase Tumeric, as well. I just bought some crushed Ginger, and Ground Cloves the other day for a few recipes that I want to try.

      Yes, exercise is so important! And, so is stretching... Yoga, yes!

      I use lots and lots of hair conditioner to not only moisturize my hair, but also to make it easier to comb out after if has been washed (due to so many curls, it can get so tangled)!

      Yes, lots of water (in Wintertime, I drink warm water, and herbal tea).

      If the air gets too dry, I use an indoor humidifier or vaporizer, especially at nighttime. It makes the air very comfortable, then.

      Thank you for so many useful and wonderful tips, Chitrangada!

      Tamara xxx

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Peg Cole, for appreciating the hub on winter care. Glad you found it useful. The herbal tea is very beneficial indeed and nowadays I am making it almost regularly since Winter season is at its peak.

      Thank you again!

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      Peg Cole 

      2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Useful tips to help prevent the winter blues and related illness. I love Nivea cream for moisturizing and your tip on making the tea sounds delicious.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Nithya, for reading and commenting on this hub. Glad you liked the tips for winter season related health issues.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      2 years ago from Dubai

      Useful tips to handle the winter season. Always better to take care than fall sick. Thank you for sharing.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks cygnetbrown, for stopping by!

      I am pleased to know that found the tips useful. Thanks for your positive comments!

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      Cygnet Brown 

      4 years ago from Springfield, Missouri

      You have a lot of wonderful tips here on taking care of yourself in winter. Lots of good sound advice. Thank you!

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks DDE, for reading this hub. I am glad you found the tips useful. Thanks!

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Winter blues are still here in Croatia your tips sound good thanks for sharing your great ideas.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Cathy Fidelibus, for your visit to this hub and your valuable comments.

    • Cathy Fidelibus profile image

      Ms. Immortal 

      5 years ago from NJ

      Lots of great information here. I especially like your herbal tea prepared with basil leaves, crushed ginger and honey.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks tillsontitan, for visiting my page. I am glad you found the 'preventatives' useful. I am into the habit of taking precautions as soon as the season starts, as I find cold, cough, dryness very irritating..... and it always helps.

      Thanks for voting up.

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      This was great but I have to say the best part for me was "Prevention is better than cure" introduced me to some new 'preventatives' along with the old.

      This was a really great read and I have a feeling it will be helpful for many.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks MarleneB, for your visit and appreciation. It is such a pleasure to hear from you. I am pleased to know that you liked the tips to get protection in winters. Thanks again.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      5 years ago from USA

      These are all excellent tips for keeping warm and protected during the winter. It is amazing how dry the skin gets during wintertime. I have to remember to keep my skin moisturized and like you suggested, olive oil is great for that, especially as a hair treatment. I also like your ideas for what to put in a daily cup of hot tea (#3 of your Prevention tips).

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks safiq ali patel, for your visit and feedback.

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      safiq ali patel 

      5 years ago from United States Of America

      Good seasonal topical hub. Thank you.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks avionnovice, for visiting and commenting. I hope it will of help in winter season.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks flashmakeit, for your support and appreciation. Glad to know, you found it useful.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This is plenty of great advice for the winter. Everything tends to dry out in the winter.

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      5 years ago from usa

      That was an interesting and useful article and I hope it prevents me from the ills winter brings.


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