Here are some easy affordable tips from our team to keep you cosy this winter. Have a scroll through our tips feel free to comment with advice or ask further questions below.



LIMIT DRAFTS

Ten minute no-sew draft excluder

Finding and blocking drafts can significantly reduce heat loss within the home. Here are a few things you can do once you find those drafty spots:

  • Closing interior doors, so that the cold air cannot travel from one room to the next. this means you can focus on keeping warm one room at a time instead of heating the whole house.

  • DIY draft excluders shut out drafts from below door and window frames. There are plenty of DIY ideas on Pinterest including this ten minute no-sew draft excluder from 'London craft club'.

  • Silicone draft excluder tape- We are yet to try this one so cannot recommend a specific brand, however, there seem to be lots of viable options on eBay.

  • Thick curtains, insulate your home by screening off any cold air that may enter through your windows or even doors.


LAYER UP & SURROUND YOURSELF WITH WARM THINGS

  • Invest in a Hot water bottle.

  • Wearing woolen socks can keep your whole body warm. Read this interesting article about 'why your feet have such a big impact on your body's temperature' .

  • Blankets (of course)

  • Thick jumpers, turn your heating down a few degrees and put on some woollens. Its always worth shopping second-hand for some cosy bargains.

  • A hot cup of tea to warm you up from the inside.

  • Candles- the low orangy light in the evening beats a blue light phone screen or harsh lighting any day and is better for your sleep.

  • Invest in a rug on cold hard floors and move furniture around to take advantage of sunspots.



STAY ACTIVE & KEEP MOVING


Moving keeps the blood flowing to keep you warm and in good health, this also helps fight fatigue and aches and pains. We recommend moving a little and often this can mean taking a walk, dancing, yoga, or whatever suits you best.



One of our Tea bag-making workshops

COUGHS & CONGESTION


Try Thyme, lemon juice, and honey tea. You may well have some dried thyme in your kitchen cupboards. But did you know that this herb is also a great throat soother and can help to relieve a nasty cough? 'The leaves contain compounds called flavonoids that relax the throat muscles involved in coughing and lessen inflammation'. Combine with lemon juice or peels and honey. To create the perfect anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, soothing brew. For general congestions, Eucalyptus essential oil is an effective sinus clearer.*


Include more thyme or ginger or lemon in your food as they are both delicious and antiviral.

Thyme essential oil is particularly effective for acute throat infections.*



SKIN-

Beeswax in skin care is a wonderful barrier for keeping moisture in the skin and is naturally antibacterial (Which is one of the reasons they work so well in Beeswax wraps to keep your food fresh). This helps to restore inflamed and dry skin, that may occur during the winter months. Combine with shea butter for an extra hydrating skin salve. Here is a link to our Hand and Body salve, now free to download!



PURIFY THE AIR

Tea tree and eucalyptus. Teatree and Eucalyptus oils are natural disinfectants. Add a few drops into a saucepan along with water to humidify and disinfect your home or in a diffuser. Alternatively, you can make your own Diffuser, see our previous blog post about our essential oils burner DIY





FIGHTING LETHARGY & FATIGUE

  • Eat oranges for Vitamin C

  • Get out of the house. Read this article on vitamin d and the sun

  • Balanced diet- remember salads are not just for summer leafy greens should be consumed throughout the year especially to maintain healthy iron levels.





Stay Warm!


The Sunny Jar Team x


*Do consult your health practitioner for advice on using essential oils.

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We chatted about all the zero-waste and bulk-food stores we know and it turns out there are way more than we guessed and each of us knows different ones.


Initially, this was only going to be for London, but we thought we should add all the UK locations we come across.


So we collected as many as we could and popped them on a Google map we thought we should share. We also added locations for the Library of Things - where you can ‘Borrow useful things for your home, projects and adventures. Affordable. Convenient. Kinder to the planet.’


It is not a complete map, but rather a collection of all the small businesses that are out there to help you on your zero-waste journey.


See the link here:


Zero Waste Map UK


Love

The Sunny Jar Team x



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Over half of the population on this planet menstruates, however the topic is still taboo (avoided or overlooked) in many cultures (including here in the UK). Environmenstrual Week starts on October 17th and focuses on how we can remove the stigma, as well as looking at the sustainable ways we manage our periods. At Sunny Jar, we've come up with our own list of easy, low waste solutions to a more comfortable period so you can care for the planet and your health and wellbeing.


HEAT PACK

Heat has been used to relieve pain for years and is effective when it comes to period pain. Make you own easy soothing heat pack. It's as simple as filling a cotton or bamboo sock with uncooked rice and your chosen essential oil and/or dried herbs. Sealing up any holes or openings in the socks with cotton twine or any old string or ribbon (avoid plastic) and pop it in the microwave for a minute or two depending on preference and heat pad size.



EAT VEGAN

Diet has a larger impact on period comfort than you may realise. Eating lighter and wholegrain (easy to digest) can minimise bloating and stabilise energy levels. Try water-rich fruit and veg, this is important as the menstruation process needs energy and water, so it is also important to stay hydrated. Nuts are a light source of protein and omega 3 fatty acids and so are a good snacking option. Try to avoid red meats if you can as this can make period cramps worse. Here is a helpful list of foods you can eat and a list of foods that you may not want to eat on your period!


REST

Rest is something that can be neglected when you have your period. Societal messages often make us feel we have to power through and ignore the pain. Needing rest does not make you weak or lazy, period pain is real and painful, and uses a lot of energy, therefore it is important to listen to your body and rest. Read more here


GINGER TEA

Ginger helps with inflammation and pain. Honey is rich in antioxidants and can promote healing. Here is a recipe for an easy ginger tea to help relax and soothe you. There are added benefits if you add turmeric. Studies have found that curcumin, a natural chemical in turmeric, may help with symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Try adding1/2 a teaspoon of turmeric to your ginger tea!


Reusable Period Products

Reusable period products can provide peace of mind, save money in the long term and are often healthier for our bodies as they don't contain the amount of chemicals in many main stream disposables.

A lot of products on supermarket shelves are full of harmful chemicals and current regulations do not protect us from these. However, there are now many alternatives, including menstrual cups, one of the cheapest ways to manage your period . You won't have to change your cup as often as a pad or tampon (they can be worn for up to 12 hours)* and this means less hassle and less worry. If you prefer not to use cups, other chemical-free options include organic tampons and cotton pads, reusable fabric pads and period pants.


It is important that everyone has access to a clean and green period. Keep up to date with the Environmenstrual Campaign, a movement for healthy, eco-friendly period products for all, led by our friends at the Women's Environmental Network (Wen). You can also find discount codes to these period products on their website. Environmenstrual Week is set to run on the 17th- 21st October 2022, with lots of events and campaigns for you to get involved with.



The Sunny Jar Team x


*this depends on your cup size and flow check on the website of your chosen cup. We recommend organicup, sign up for a discount code from Wen to get 15% off!


ps. If you suffer from severe pain and heavy flows we recommend you to see your GP about it. Click on this link to learn more about normal abnormal symptoms of your menstrual cycles




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