Winter brings beautiful snow, favorite holidays and hearty, comforting foods. But it also comes with its fair share of unbearably freeing temps, dry skin, static-y hair and immune health challenges. The good news is that Vitacost has tons of products to support winter wellness – from warming teas and cocoas to moisturizing treatments for skin and hair to remedies (and relief!) for cold and flu season.
Here are 10 must-haves to add to your cart this month. Stay warm and healthy!
Cold-weather beauty and personal care
Coping with chapped, cracking lips on the daily? Holocuren is a company known for their holistic products, including Miracle Lips. This balm helps exfoliate and hydrate dry lips and cold sores with its unique formula of shea butter, raspberry butter, cranberry butter, aloe vera and tea tree, among other natural ingredients.
You’ve probably heard of face masks, but have you ever tried a hair mask? Aveeno created a deeply hydrating hair mask from a combination of colloidal oatmeal extract, almond oil, coconut oil, shea butter and avocado oil. Simply apply it after shampooing, leave in for 5 minutes, then rinse. It’s perfect for fixing dry/frizzy hair and may also help repair damaged-by-winter hair. This potent hydrating treatment also is sulfate-, dye- and paraben-free.
After shoveling snow or scraping ice from your car windows, treat your tired and taxed muscles to an organic, warming body balm. This elixir from Himalaya Botanique uses eucalyptus, rosemary and lemon oil to soothe your skin and relax your muscles. The coconut oil gives the balm a moisturizing effect, too. Treat yourself to an at-home massage!
Colds are common during the winter months. Give your immune system and extra boost of support with these berry-and-citrus flavored gummies. They’re packed with a triple threat of elderberry, vitamins C and vitamin D – plus prebiotics. Bonus: they’re also free of artificial flavors and sweeteners, gluten, dairy, dyes and high-fructose corn syrup.
Feeling under the weather? Suffering from a sore throat? Pop a lozenge to alleviate the discomfort and pain. These elderberry-rich lozenges combine the effects of Zand’s soothing herbal extract blend with the sweetness of brown rice syrup (instead of sugar or artificial sweeteners). They’re made with non-GMO ingredients and also are gluten-free.
Take a sip of winter spice and everything nice with this cup of tea! Twinings has been producing tea since 1706, when the founder began selling his wares from a storefront in London – so, it’s safe to say their blends are are spot on. This caffeine-free winter spice tea combines the flavors of apple, cinnamon, cardamom and clove to create a steaming cup of warm, winter delight. Each box comes with 20 tea bags.
This unique golden tea is infused with turmeric and warming spices, such as ginger root, cinnamon bark and black pepper. Golden tea is a twist in the Indian classic, golden milk, which is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to aid upset stomachs. Made with coconut milk and almond flour, this golden tea is both gluten-free and vegan.
Nothing comforts more on a cozy winter day or night than a rich, drinkable chocolate. Simply warm the milk of your choice and add in a few tablespoons of this organic, dark chocolate mix. It’s made from fair-trade, organic cacao beans and sugar cane – both from small-scale farmers in South America.
Need an easy recipe for fill-your-belly food? This handy soup mix will feed 12 people (or a smaller group of hungry folks up for more than a single serving). It contains a mixture of beans, lentils and peas for a hearty and healthy winter dish. Follow the provided recipe or come up with your own using pantry staples or fresh additions of your preference.
Time to put the kettle on! Kettle & Fire bone-broth based soup is made with grass-fed beef and red kidney beans, combined with classic broth flavors of thyme, rosemary and bay leaves. Certified gluten-free, you can have lunch or dinner on the table in just five minutes.