Battling Dry Heat During the Winter

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In the throes of winter, it can seem like staying warm is all that matters. For many homesteaders, the biggest source of anxiety in the winter is watching that wood pile. As the cold increases that wood pile shrinks and the worry only builds.

In the throws of winter it can seem like staying warm is all that matters.

Beyond keeping warm the winter also brings the challenge of drying out. One of the things we rarely consider is just how dry the winter can be.  Not only does the drying power of commercial heaters or wood stoves dry us out but the actual cold dries us as well.  Those winter winds do not have the same makeup as the cool humid summer breezes of the summer.

What types of issues come up when you are dealing with the drying winter?


Dry Skin

Dry skin comes in all forms. Some deal with it in their hands and they have cracked and bleeding spots around their fingers. Others deal with it in a much different way. The development of things like eczema can occur during the dry winter months as well.

It’s so important to hydrate, eat healthy fats and keep a stockpile of hypoallergenic lotions and balms around.

Cracked Mucous Membranes

The cause of so many respiratory infections stems from the dry and damaged mucous membrane. It’s not an easy thing to beat because of the heat and the cold combined. It does a job on most of us.

The use of essential oils can be highly effective in the cold. A diffuser can spread those healing oils around a room to affect multiple people. These natural remedies go a long way.


Who wants to drink cold water in the winter time? That is why many of us are walking around dehydrated. Dehydration affects your whole body and how it works. Try drinking teas in the winter to avoid drinking cold liquids.

In the throws of winter it can seem like staying warm is all that matters.

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