I was born and raised Southern Europe until I decided to deepen my existing knowledge in UK. So, I started my Londoner experience in summer which was amazing until I faced the bitter cold winter wind this season. My body was in shook – still is – every time I go outside. It simply can’t adapt to the humid weather and so I ended with constant cold feet and hands.
Almost everyone suffers from cold feet and hands during winter because of the low temperatures. Even if there are a lot of things causing cold feet and hands, the main reason is cold weather. During the cold season, our body naturally keeps the core and the vital organs warm by making sure the blood flows to them. This is the consequence to cold feet and hands since there is less amount of blood going there.
In order to cope with the cold weather and keep my extremities warm I used some simple solutions and remedies, because I still have to embrace London for another four years.
You can wear warm, weather-appropriate clothing to keep your body warm such as heat-insulating clothing.
Socks and Gloves
When it comes to frigid limbs, it makes sense to bring up protecting them as well. Invest in warm socks and gloves to protect the heat from escaping your hands and feet.
Any physical activity will help keep you warm. This is because one of the reasons your hands or feet feel frozen is poor circulation. Physical activities help to increase blood flow, thus helping to warm up your body. Get up and do jumping jacks.
According to one of my friends whose frozen hands and feet gets really bad, showering sometimes in really hot water gets her blood flow back and makes her feel better.
Hand warmers are great for instantly warming up your hands. You can put them in your gloves or pockets.
Or you can prepare a Warming Foot Salve which you can also use it for your hands, and apply it on your soles before going outside.
- 7g of carnauba wax
- 23g of fast absorbing carrier oil like grapeseed, fractionated coconut, hazelnut, apricot kernel, etc.
- 50 drops of chili seed essential oil
- 50 drops of cassia essential oil or cinnamon bark essential oil
- 20 drops of ginger essential oil
- 3 drops of clove essential oil
1. Begin by measuring out the wax and the carrier oil using a kitchen scale.
2. Next, place the dish with the wax and carrier oil in a pan of water and bring the water to a simmer. Allow the mixture to melt, stirring on occasion, until everything is melted together.
3. Turn off the heat, and allow the dish with the melted ingredients to hang out for a bit in the pan while you measure out your essential oils.
4. Use another glass dish to count out the drops your need for each essential oil.
5. Once finished, give the essential oils a stir.
6. Now use a kitchen towel to bring over the melted ingredients and pour them into the essential oils. Try to stir everything together as well as you can since the mixture will begin to harden pretty quickly.
7. As soon as everything is mixed, pour the final mixture into a container.
8. I recommend capping it if possible to keep the essential oils in the product as much as possible as it cools. You can do this by gently placing the lid on top without screwing it on to prevent spillage.
9. Allow the salve to cool completely before use.