It’s that time of year again — as we return from our holiday travels + settle back into daily routines, we may not be consciously thinking about ways to stay healthy during the upcoming winter months. CHAARG girls already have so many ah-mazing things going on in the New Year, but sometimes, putting too much on our plates can lead to burnout, leaving behind lasting negative effects on our health. This is why it’s so important to rest up when necessary + give our bodies what they need in order to feel great. Thankfully, one of the sweeter things in life can also be beneficial for your health. While you’re busy balancing your schedule between classes, internships, + fun with friends [or workouts with fellow +CHAARGies ; )], don’t let the cold + flu season stop you from doing yo’ thang.
Your secret weapon to a healthy winter? Honey!
It’s long been known that raw honey is a natural healer — it’s full of enzymes, vitamins, + antioxidants that keep your hair strong, skin hydrated, + tummy feelin’ happy. Honey’s antibacterial + anti-inflammatory properties are especially useful if you’ve got a cough you can’t seem to kick or to give your immune system an extra jolt. This winter, put forth the best [+ healthiest] you possible with some honey —
1] BEAUTY DETOX
There are so many ways to incorporate honey into your beauty routine during the harsh winter months. Try a DIY lip scrub, hair mask, or face wash made with all-natural ingredients. Apply 1 tsp of honey as a face mask for 30 minutes before bed wake up with a healthy *glow,* or mix it with tea tree oil to clear up blemishes — the combo works like magic.
2] DIGESTIVE AID
Add honey to fruit salad or a hot cup of oatmeal for a homemade remedy to all kinds of digestive problems, which can be especially helpful during flu season. While it isn’t a cure-all, honey is gentle on the stomach + helps to reduce inflammation, relieving aches + cramps as needed.
3] IMMUNITY BOOST
Consuming honey every day is like creating wellness from within. Honey’s antioxidant properties and vitamin content neutralize free radicals to keep your immune system strong. Combine honey with cinnamon to shorten the length of a cold or to prevent a future one from keepin’ ya down.
4] HEALING REMEDY
Ever been that girl who can’t stop coughing during class? Save yourself from your classmates’ awkward stares by adding a spoonful of honey to your morning tea. Your sore throat [+ the girl sitting next to you] will thank you.
5] ENERGY PICK-ME-UP
If joining the #6AMCrew was one of your New Year’s resolutions, then you know the struggle of lacing up those sneakers [while it’s still dark out!] when you’d rather be sleeping. Luckily, honey serves as a natural energy snack. Stir it into peanut butter + top it on whole-grain crackers for some quick + nutritious carbs to get you through that *killer* workout.
Sweets are for more than your tummy ; ) Try incorporating honey into your daily diet + beauty routines for a happy [+ healthy] winter season.
++ Alyssa M // UConn CHAARG