Winter is coming, and I’m on top of it. I spent months musing over a long list of winter health tips for stay at home moms to try, and it’s finally here! There are plenty of things I’m not great at (see: baking, general coordination), but winter wellness is an area I excel in and I’ve got to share it with you.
I’m all about home remedies for keeping our living space and ourselves as healthy as possible. I’m a stay at home mom who spends lots of time with kids indoors, and I want to keep the atmosphere faith-filled and as health-boosting as possible!
Here are my go-to winter health tips that’ll make your family and home happy!
Winter Health Tips to Warm Your Home + Family
1. Stick to a Steamy Dry Air Remedy
Girl, get out your humidifier! This is the simplest of my winter health tips.
The common cold doesn’t like a warm, moist atmosphere, but we LOVE one. We do everything we can (inducing the nightly drudgery of filling up all the humidifiers) to keep our winter wellness game strong. Tip: Fill your humidifiers faster by using the tub faucet instead of the sink.
Essential Oil Diffusers
I’m an essential oil addict, and I’m proud. I love that pure oils are a natural aspect of God’s creation and have been used in worship since the beginning. They’re powerful, timeless, and effective. I also love a good ultrasonic diffuser.
I’m sharing my favorite diffuser recipes for winter. They smell amazing and have beneficial properties too!
- 4 drops Black Spruce
- 3 drops Christmas Spirit
Candy Cane Lane
- 4 drops Peppermint
- 2 drops Orange
- 1 drop Ylang Ylang
If you love oils but want to use them more confidently, this herbs & Essential Oils bundle is amazing and packed with helpful info! (It’s also not affiliated with any EO brand.)
2. Take Tasty Precautions in the Winter Season
Homemade Elderberry Syrup
This year we’ve been a whole lot healthier, and while I know there are plenty of factors contributing to that wonderful fact, I have to give some credit to elderberry syrup. This is the first year I’ve made my own and so it stands to reason that it’s making a bit of a positive difference for us.
Everyone in the family loves it! Here’s some research on elderberry syrup, and below I’m sharing a recipe adapted from Master the Electric Pressure Cooker by Marci Buttars and Cami Graham.
Make your own elderberry syrup in your pressure cooker or Instant Pot!
- 1 C dried elderberries berries, not flowers
- 4 C water
- 1 in. fresh ginger optional
- 1 vanilla bean, split optional
- 1 C honey local
Add elderberries, water, and optional ingredients to the Instant Pot and stir. Do not add the honey yet! Secure lid, seal pressure release knob.
Cook at high pressure for 10 minutes. Use a natural release.
Set a fine mesh strainer over a bowl and strain contents from the IP. Press the elderberries to remove juice. Discard strained ingredients.
Cool. Stir in honey. Store in refrigerator for 2-4 weeks. Freeze extra syrup.
Adults: take 1-2 Tbsp per day
Children older than one: 1-2 tsp. per day
(do not give to babies under one year old.)
My whole family loves a good herbal tea this time of year. Sweeten them with honey and drink after playing outside, and your kids will experience some extra immune-boosting coziness!
My kids’ favorite flavors are blueberry and peppermint. You can’t go wrong with those teas.
Homemade Chicken Broth and Stock
I’m also an Instant Pot aficionado and that means I’ve discovered how easy it is to have my own broth and stock ready to go. It’s surprisingly simple to get this made while I play with the kids and clean.
I cook a whole chicken in the IP for 20-25 minutes. The drippings are my chicken broth, which I freeze in bags of 2 cups each. The bones are saved for making chicken stock, a divine addition to our meals and soups all winter long!
I promise that if I can do this, you can too! It’s so simple, healthy, and delicious!
3. More Winter Tips for A Happier Home
Keep Cold Air Out
- Replace worn weather stripping around windows and doors
- Use cellular blinds and heavy curtains
- Use (or make!) draft snakes to block cool air from beneath doors
Sanitize Your Home when Needed
I keep virus-killing wipes on hand in our house at all times. While my every day cleaner is a homemade mix of vinegar, water, and essential oils, I keep disinfecting wipes on hand for illness and germy messes. Use the wipes on doorknobs, counter tops, toilets, and more. It’s also important to have hand sanitizers in your bag for outings!
Organize Winter Gear for Easy Use
We have a really simple method for organizing our gear. I’ve found that sticking to a container for each person makes it so much easier to get outside in the cold. And get outside we must, so we don’t go stir crazy on those rainy days.
Here’s our simple little method–we have cute, colorful bags that I grabbed last year for each person. The bags sit on a hanger, and inside is where we find our mittens, hats, and more.
Keep Skin Healthy
Exfoliate once a week and use skin-friendly moisturizers like coconut oil or a great lotion. Shower in lukewarm water (not easy, I know!) because hot water will end up drying out your skin. Use gentle lotion on your little ones and don’t bathe your kids every day–a mom’s favorite tip, right? Frequent bathing dries out their delicate skin.
4. Spiritual Health Remedies for Winter
Stay at home moms can get spiritually stagnant this time of year. Try these quick tips for an evergreen spiritual life.
- Keep Christ the center of Christmas. This year, I’m creating an advent Bible reading plan that I think you’ll love! I’ll share it soon. If you want to dive in deeper, this is an amazing Christ-Centered Christmas Kit!
- Stay in God’s Word. Create a Bible reading routine that works for you and stick to it. God’s word is where we should go first to grow and stay in relationship with Him.
- Be inspired daily. Stay-at-home mom life is so much better when you keep it Christ-centered both outwardly and inwardly. One quick tip is to try Christian podcasts to listen to as you take care of your children and your home.
- Connect with others. I’m so bad at this, so I’m reminding myself here! Stay in touch with friends and go to those church activities. Keeping connected with other believers is important to stay spiritually healthy!
How do you keep your family and home healthy this time of year?
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