Your holistic guide to winter wellbeing in three simple steps

In partnership with Neal's Yard Remedies

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Here’s how to make the most of healthy habits and love winter a little more…

Winter is a time for hibernating, but for lots of us, it can be hard to revel in the shorter days and colder weather. Approaching our health holistically at the beginning of the year works wonders for us, mentally and physically, and it enables us to live each day feeling healthier and happier. 

In realising that our body, mind and soul are interlinked, starting new routines and trying out alternative remedies becomes an obvious thing to do. After all, you wouldn’t go for a run without warming up, so why would you approach the day without an uplifting morning routine (think a pot of Neal’s Yard Remedies Bright Start tea).

When we start to think about our bodies in this way, what we put into and onto them becomes a top priority. Going for natural, organic and ethically sourced products is an easy and planet-friendly way to make a positive difference to your wellbeing routine.

Leading British brand Neal’s Yard Remedies (which creates high-quality organic Soil Association certified products) carried out research with Newcastle University to prove all the good stuff about organic farming. They found that switching to organic crops allows for up to a 70% increase in antioxidants and that organic farming is better for the planet and the people who grow them.

And it doesn’t just stop at the environmental benefits, it’s better for your overall wellbeing on the inside and out. By harnessing your gut-brain connection, linking movement to your mood and food to your feelings, your digestion, skin and hormones will be able to work at their best. 

If your aim is to feel more energised, stronger and happier, the time is now – whatever the weather. In just 15 minutes, find out how you can use Neal’s Yard Remedies products to boost your winter wellbeing naturally:

Herbal remedies for winter wellbeing

Herbal remedies aren’t just for hippies, believe me. Tipper Lewis, Neal’s Yard Remedies’ naturopathic herbalist, is here to prove it. 

As well as helping to start a cold day off to a great start, teas are a great way to make sure that you top up your vitamins and minerals. You can also make them full of digestion-encouraging bitters and aromatics, which help with absorption. If you don’t have enough time for a brew, tinctures are a quick pit stop for supporting your wellbeing naturally. 

Here, Tipper shows you how using herbs and spices can increase your resilience and boost energy. She also shares her top-secret recipes for the most delicious oat smoothie and hot chocolate:

How to master self-massage 

With expertise from Fran Johnson, aromatherapist and Neal’s Yard Remedies’ product formulator, we only need five minutes to persuade you to take up self-massage. After months of missing human touch, we want to help you reconnect and boost your health. 

Massages can support your body in cellular, mechanical, hormonal and circulatory functions. Using warming essential oils before bedtime and uplifting aromatic scents for when you wake up again can help set yourself up for a great day and melt away any tension.

So forget foam rollers – Fran will show you how to create your own bespoke massage oil blend along with a 30-second massage routine for any time of day. Click play:

How to spring clean your body

Now that you’re a maestro in all things winter drinks and self-massage, I bet you're wondering how to prepare for Spring? Don’t worry; we’ve got that covered too.

You wouldn’t approach a top-to-bottom scrub of your home without a plan, and you shouldn’t with your body either. From eliminating unhealthy habits to supporting your gut health, you need to know how to cleanse before taking the leap. Here, Tipper Lewis tells you exactly how.

Watch the video:

It’s important to remember that cleansing isn’t for everyone all of the time. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, taking prescription medicines or living with particular chronic conditions, you need to speak with an experienced naturopath before choosing to switch up your routine. 

If you're feeling inspired after watching these videos, Neal's Yard Remedies are treating you to a 15% discount online or in one of their stores so you too can try different herbal remedies to help boost your winter wellbeing. Simply visit and use code MARIECLAIRE15 at checkout or show a screenshot of this article in store. 

For our US readers, Neal’s Yard Remedies US site is also offering a 15% discount online. Simply visit and use the code MARIECLAIREUS15 at checkout.

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Lisa Oxenham

An award-winning health and beauty writer, stylist and creative director, Lisa Oxenham is one of the UK’s top beauty editors and the Beauty and Style Director at Marie Claire UK. With 20 years of editorial experience Lisa is a brand partnership expert, and a popular speaker, panelist and interviewer on a range of topics from sustainability to the future of beauty in the digital world. She recently spoke at Cognition X and Beauty Tech Live and is on the Advisory Board for the British Beauty Council’s Sustainable Beauty Coalition.

A well-respected creative director she works on celebrity, model and influencer shoots with the highest calibre of photographers, filmmakers, make-up artists and hairstylists to create timeless images, attention-grabbing videos, digital events and masterclasses. Most recently Lisa has directed covers such as Lily Cole and Jameela Jamil, films such as Save The Arts featuring Francesca Hayward and sustainable fashion shoots such as Be The Change. Supporting the beauty industry over the pandemic has been a top focus, directing the British Beauty Council’s six inspirational short biographical films for their Bring Back Beauty campaign.

Lisa is a wellbeing and beauty influencer with a focus on mental health and a large and engaged audience on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.