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Everyone knows that many people get sick during the winter, but did you know that a humidifier can help prevent illness or alleviate symptoms? Whether your home is drafty or your HVAC system doesn’t heat your house properly, the cold air that results is often dry. This dryness increases the likelihood of winter-related illnesses. Here are five ways a humidifier improves your health and comfort during the winter.

1. Better Sleep

Adding moisture to the air in your home makes it easier to sleep because it prevents your sinus passages from becoming dry. As a result, you snore less and breathe easier.

2. Minimized Exposure to Airborne Viruses

Higher humidity levels prevent certain airborne viruses from thriving. Germs can circulate as easily as they can in dry air. As a result, your risk of catching a virus someone else in your home has is reduced. If you do catch a cold, a humidifier can help to make you more comfortable while you get over it.

3. Fewer Allergy Symptoms

Since higher levels of humidity in your home’s air alleviate dryness in your nasal passages and throat, you should experience fewer allergy symptoms. Coughing and sneezing due to your allergies are reduced, and your sinuses remain clearer, minimizing sinus pressure and the headaches that often result.

4. Improved Comfort

Since moist air feels warmer than dry air, installing a whole-house humidifier in your home enhances the comfort you feel during the winter. You won’t feel the need to crank up your heat as frequently as you would with dry air either, reducing your winter heating bills.

5. Less Static Electricity

Have you ever noticed an increase in the static electricity in your home during the winter? Dry air has that effect. Turn on your humidifier and avoid those tiny shocks completely.

Installing a humidifier in your home is one of the best gifts you can give yourself this winter. Doing so can make your home more comfortable to live in while also helping you to stay healthy.

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Rosemary, One Herb That Covers Everything

Ahhh, is there anything sweeter than the woodsy scent of rosemary? Aside from being a favorite seasoning for roast chicken, rosemary is also a staple in homesteaders’ medicine cabinets.

A popular medicinal herb since ancient Greece, rosemary’s potent power lies in its evergreen leaves. Rosemary contains some of the highest antioxidant levels found in common herbs. Oils are extracted from the leaves to make potent medicines.

If you’ve never used rosemary for healing, now’s the time to start! Here are a few of my favorite rosemary cures.

Skin healing

Rosemary’s antioxidants help heal skin more quickly. Use it as an anti-ager to prevent fine lines and wrinkles, or even to heal blemishes. It’s also a fantastic herb for getting a healthy shine back to your complexion.

Hair growth

Studies suggest that rosemary promotes hair growth. When massaged into the scalp, rosemary oil increases blood flow and circulation. It’s even been known to prevent baldness and treat dry, itchy scalps.

Muscle stiffness

Are your feet aching after working on the homestead all week? Don’t fret! Massage rosemary oil onto the soles of sore feet or any other sore muscle. Rosemary speeds up the healing process by increasing circulation, getting you back on your feet in no time.

Germ buster

If you find your home overrun with sniffles, guard your immune system with a daily cup of rosemary tea. Use the dried rosemary leaves to make a zesty tea with a hit of lemon. Rosemary helps boost your immune system and can even be used to speed up recovery times if you come down with a bug.

Stress reduction

There’s something soothing about the scent of rosemary. If you’re prone to stress or anxiety, diffuse rosemary oil for a soothing scent. In a pinch, you can also rub rosemary oil on your wrists for quick relief.
Some people report that they feel more relaxed after drinking a tea made of rosemary leaves. So sit down, enjoy the aroma, and have yourself a nice, hot cup of tea.

The bottom line

Rosemary is good for way more than seasoning chicken. This wonder of an herb is good for nearly anything that ails you. Remember to go to your doctor for recurring or more serious maladies. But if you suffer from minor ailments, give rosemary a try!


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