All those days spent outdoors during summer can cause a number of ailments. From sunburn to heat rash, minor mishaps are bound to happen this season. Here are some natural remedies for common summer ailments.
Soothe Sunburnt Skin with Aloe Vera
If you’ve stayed out in the sun too long, Aloe vera gel is your friend. This plant can help relieve pain, speed the healing process and prevent your skin from getting ugly blisters and scars. Keep an aloe vera plant on hand and use fresh gel from one of the leaves. To treat sunburn, simply break off a leaf and split it open and squeeze out some of the natural sap. Apply the gel directly to the burned area a couple of times per day.
Combat Travel Sickness with Ginger
If you’re prone to travel sickness and need to embark on a long car or boat ride, have some fresh or powdered ginger handy. Powdered ginger is easy to transport. Just add half a teaspoon to it to your tea or other beverage. Alternatively, you could just suck or chew a small slice of raw ginger.
Treat Athlete’s Foot with Tea Tree Oil
The heat and perspiration during months with warmer weather can increase the risk of picking up fungal infections like athlete’s foot. Spending time barefoot outdoors can also increase exposure to infections, leaving skin dry, itchy, sore and cracked. Tea tree oil is a potent anti-fungal solution. Just massage a few drops in a ¼ teaspoon of oil like olive oil or almond oil and rub onto your feet twice daily until the itching stops.
Use Jewelweed to counter effects of Poison Ivy
The flowering plant known as Jewelweed has long been touted for its anti-inflammatory properties. The herbal remedy can help prevent rashes from developing after exposire to poison ivy. It’s also used to bee stings, insect bites, and stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) rashes. The herbal remedy has a sap that can reduce the symptoms of poison ivy and oak. Just Look for soaps and salves containing the plant’s sap or learn to identify it and rub a fresh leaf on your rash
Get relief from itchiness with Baking Soda
Exposure outdoors will no doubt leave you exposed to bites from mosquitoes and bugs, which usually cause minor swelling and itching. You can get relief from the itchy bites by using a paste made from baking soda and water. Simply dab the paste onto the affected area and allow it to dry before brushing it off.