Harmattan could be the worst addition to the holiday season if you don’t know how to live through it, most times, we go through this weather with blocked nose and broken lips. Let’s not forget cough, because of the dry air the season comes with
In addition, the weather makes people susceptible to cold and although the body has adaptive mechanisms that help reduce the effects of cold, it is only wise to take care of ourselves in order to prevent infections and keep warm. Here are simple tips to help you go through this harmattan season in Nigeria:
Drink honey and lemon dissolved in warm water
Using original honey, and lemon will help sooth the dry irritated areas of your throat, it is a very effective tool to get rid of sore throat and cough. Honey can also be used with bread or when drinking tea/coffee
Take enough water
It is advisable to increase fluid intake at this time to reduce dehydration caused by extreme dryness of the air. Simply ensure you have a bottle of water with you at all times to increase the motility of mucus. Warm drinks like tea or coffee will help provide you with warmth to fight cold.
Eat fruits and veggies
These are good sources of vitamins and minerals. They contain a high water content, which helps to reduce dehydration caused by the dry air this period. The fruit also helps fight infections and build immunity against a chronic cough and other infections associated with common cold.
Wear the right clothes
Wearing the right clothes in the right weather helps to prevent common cold and cough. Thick and heat absorbable clothes keep heat released from the body trapped inside and limit radiation of heat to the surroundings. Hand gloves and well-covered shoes also provide enough warmth that you need, don’t forget head warmers Your head needs to be considered too.
People usually develop cracked lips and skin during this harmattan period. The following can help protect the integrity of your skin and prevent dryness.
Good body moisturizers can be used to prevent dryness of the skin. They are easily absorbable and increase the hydration of the skin. Other home-made moisturizers are:
Olive oil: This contains many fatty acids and healthy fat that are good for your skin. You can apply this to the skin after taking your bath to reduce skin dryness.
Creams with milk content: Are excellent moisturizers as they help to exfoliate dry skin and give room for the rejuvenation of new skin cells to replace worn ones.
You can apply coconut oil to your skin after taking your bath. It is absorbable and it makes your skin smooth and soft.
Foods like beans, carrots, tomatoes and peas with anti-oxidants and omega3 fatty acids e.g. salmon help to repair damaged cells and contribute to a glowing skin
For dried lips, Vaseline and balms are good to prevent breaking lips if used regularly.