On the surface of the skin there is a lipid film (a film of fat). This film helps to retain the water present in the upper layers of the skin by a “barrier effect. It is this film which keeps the skin hydrated and soft. In winter, when it is cold, the air is drier and the skin also becomes drier because it lets more water escape, so it becomes rough, it feels tight, it cracks.

Creams in the market

Superstore moisturizers can contain allergenic fragrances and preservatives like propylparaben, which are endocrine disruptors, they are also quite expensive.

Health-friendly products

For this recipe you need:

  • 60 ml of vegetable oil.
  • 30 ml of mineral water or floral water.
  • 10 grams of beeswax.

– Pour a mixture of vegetable oil into a small pot.
– Put half of sweet almond oil because it contains omega 6 and 9, which will soften and soothe the skin and half of argan oil because it is rich in vitamin E and antioxidants.
– Then add mineral water and 10 grams of beeswax.
– This mixture must be heated in a bain-marie until the beeswax is completely melted.
– Then stir regularly then close the pot, mix until the preparation cools and becomes solid.

How to use this cream

This classic body cream is spread over areas to be moisturized such as the hands, elbows, heels… The product can be kept for about 1 month and if it is really hot, the cream can be stored in the refrigerator.

Sore throat

A sore throat is often linked to an inflammation of the pharynx which is located at the crossroads of the airways and digestive tract and which is particularly vulnerable to changes in temperature. When your throat starts to sore there is one ingredient to use: honey.

Honey, a classic grandmother’s remedy

Honey has an anti-inflammatory effect that calms pain, but not only does it have a lesser-known bactericidal effect.

It is also used in some hospitals to limit the proliferation of bacteria and accelerate healing … Bees secrete an enzyme which transforms part of the glucose into hydrogen peroxide, a disinfectant substance which will act as a detergent against bacteria present in the throat.

Be careful, do not give honey to a child under one year old because the child’s digestive tract is not yet mature.

Honey, a magical ingredient

Everyone knows it can blend into herbal teas, it is also possible to make cough suppressants. To make these candies you will need:

  • 100 gr of sugar.
  • 40 ml of water.
  • The juice of 1/2 lemon.
  • 2 tbsp. of honey.
  • 1 small tablespoon of dried thyme.
  • Icing sugar.

– Squeeze the lemon juice. Pour the fine sugar and water into a bowl.
– Add the dried thyme. Thyme is a natural cough suppressant, it relieves coughs and inflammation of the upper respiratory tract.
– Add lemon juice because it would also have an anti-bacterial and anti-viral action, even if there is a lack of studies on its effectiveness.
– Finally put 2 tablespoons of honey to benefit from the virtues of honey.

Cough candy

All the ingredients must be heated.

  • In a saucepan, bring the mixture to a boil and simmer over medium heat for 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Using a spoon, form candies, be careful it is very hot, be careful not to burn yourself.
  • Leave to harden for 1 hour at room temperature, and sprinkle with icing sugar to prevent them from sticking.

Take one or two candies when the sore throat appears or even in prevention. It is even possible to melt 2 or 3 candies in a cup of boiling water to make an infusion.

Watch out for sugar!

There is a lot of sugar, you should avoid eating it too often and especially after brushing your teeth. It is necessary to keep the good reflexes, if the symptoms persist one does not hesitate to consult his doctor.

A homemade hot water bottle

When temperatures become freezing, lonely socks can turn into hot water bottles. You will have to fill a sock with grains of rice, raw of course. Consider taking a sock without holes and favor natural materials such as cotton or linen which are more resistant to heat.

Tutorials on the web

If you have run out of rice, you can use dried cherry pits, flax seeds, beans… Then add some dried lavender flowers to get a good smell. Ideally then sew the top of the sock or tie a knot.

It’s very simple to do but on the internet there are plenty of other ideas if you have more sewing skills and come in all sizes, shapes.

Heat in the microwave

This hot water bottle can be used in the microwave until the temperature is right. It must be put in the microwave with a glass of water, this will create a humid environment to prevent the sock from burning. It can also be placed on a radiator or next to a fireplace. Then all you have to do is enjoy the heat and its relaxing and soothing benefits.