I used to have that problem too. Cold feet during chores or running errands is just plain miserable and does make one have to work harder at not being grumpy or short with others. Here are some ways to work with cold feet whether it's just plain cold outside, you have to sit for long periods of time where it's cold or you have poor circulation from diabetes, injuries or other causes.
One of the things I encourage people to take is cayenne. Cayenne will stimulate circulation and help heat your body's core. We even use it in situations such as hypothermia! Make sure you take it with plenty of food or liquid in your stomach as cayenne sitting on your stomach's lining won't hurt you, but it certainly does burn. Sometimes I drink some in a tall glass of water, often I take it as a capsule. We have both powder and herb capsule forms at 40,000 heat units on our website. There is no medicinal benefit of going hotter, so I keep the minimum heat unit needed on hand.
Ginger. Ginger tea, ginger root and ginger capsules (capsules and powder are on our site) also stimulates circulation. Try not to take any after late afternoon. Since it encourages circulation to the extremities including the brain, it can also make you more alert than you want to be at bedtime.
Those with an inactive thyroid may also experience cold feet and may get chilled faster than other people around them. Some may have average body temperatures even a degree below 'normal'. Besides some of these other suggestions in this article you may want to consider getting Herbal Thyroid capsules on this site. If you are on medication for thyroid then you also will need to have your levels monitored by your doctor within a week of starting these so that your medications can be adjusted as your thyroid receives the support it's been needing. I also recommend Vitalerbs capsules or herb powder as I've found most people with underactive thryoids are also mineral deficient. All of these products are available on our site under the human supplements pages.
Hats. Yes, keeping your head & ears covered can actually help you keep more heat in your body since about 90% of your heat loss goes right off the top of your head. Your feet are more likely to be warmer if your head is staying covered. Our alpaca hats are so soft that one can even sleep in them if that increases your comfort at night.
Socks. Since no one is currently farming and harvesting polar bear hair, which is the warmest natural fiber known, we offer Alpaca fiber socks. Alpaca is the second warmest natural fiber and of course is farmable and sustainable. It is also stronger than wool, lighter weight than wool, very soft and considered hypoallergenic as there is no lanolin content to alpaca. We offer alpaca blend socks which allows them to be machine washable and have an even longer life. They can even be worn to bed to help keep feet warm at night. They make a WONDERFUL gift to yourself or someone you love for those that like practical yet thoughtful gifts. We have several choices of alpaca products on this website and can special order in other items such as sweaters at request.
Wishing you a warm & cozy fall and winter!
Katherine MH, CR, CA, CEIT, DipHIr, QTP has extensive alternative training in Vitalistic (cause oriented) wellness,including a Master's Degree in Herbology and has a heart to share with you so that you, your family and your creatures may achieve abundant wellness.