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All of the
fun outdoor activities of the season can have a downside—insect
bites, sunburn, rashes, bee stings, and injuries to name a few. There are
many safe, natural remedies and some are commonly found in your
I’ve listed some below along with some high
products that I've researched and used. It's advisable to keep
some of these on hand during the summer
Please know when it is necessary to seek medical
treatment and do not hesitate to do so. If you experience severe
symptoms and/or allergic reactions, please go to the emergency
approach is prevention by using a good sunscreen and I've
provided links to some high quality, chemical-free sunscreens at
the end of this article. Be selective since many sunscreens
contain chemicals that harm your health. If you do
experience sunburn, soothe it with one of more these:
96-100% pure aloe vera gel; add 15 drop pure lavender pure essential
oil and 3-5 drops pure peppermint essential oil to four ounces
of gel. Do not use fragrance oils.
If you don't
have pure aloe vera gel, add 4 drops lavender essential oil and
2-3 drops peppermint essential oil to any vegetable oil or
moisturizer that you have on hand.,
Apple cider vinegar or white household vinegar –
soak a cloth with one of these and apply to sunburned skin; or
add 3 cups vinegar to a cool bath and soak. You can also
combine half vinegar and half water in a spray bottle and spray
the sunburned area. Avoid contact with eyes or broken skin.
Add 2 cups baking soda to a cool bath and soak
for thirty minutes; or add ¼ cup baking soda to 16 ounces of
cool water and compress your skin with it.
Astra C internally. It is effective for healing all
kinds of burns.
If sunburn is severe with blisters, fever, pain,
purple patches or rashes, seek medical attention.
few drops of pure Tea Tree oil to the bite. Look for tea tree
oil that is 100% Melaleuca alternifolia, or a tea tree cream
with at least 5% Tea Tree oil. This essential oil comes
from the leaves of an Australian tree and is a powerful
first-aid remedy for all type of bites and stings. It has
potent antibiotic and antiseptic abilities and can be used it as an
Use any of
these on bug bites for their pain-relieving an anti-inflammatory
open the leaf of a fresh aloe plant or use a 96-100% pure
aloe gel product
of a fresh lemon
rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
Calendula ointment or tincture
essential oil of lavender reduces irritation caused by
mosquito bites and bee stings
essential oil of chamomile reduces itching from insect
apply pure essential oils directly to skin. Dilute 3-5 drops in
a teaspoon of jojoba oil or other vegetable oil. Apply up
to four times daily. These are for external use only.
There are many natural insect repellants in health food stores
that contain pure essential oils. Insects hate essential oils.
Please avoid any that contain deet which is absorbed through the
skin into the bloodstream causing many toxic effects including
brain cell damage. My favorite is
Quantum Health Buzzaway Spray -
Deet-Free insect repellant for mosquitoes, black flies, ticks,
I have successfully treated many
people and dogs with Lyme disease
and all of the terrible symptoms it causes.
Schedule a consult
First check for a stinger, and, if there is one, quickly remove
it. Do not squeeze a stinger out. Gently scrape across the
stinger site with a long fingernail or credit card which will
usually remove stinger and venom sac. If it doesn’t, use
apply one or more of these:
Make a baking soda paste by combining 3 teaspoons baking
soda with one teaspoon warm water. This reduces pain and
swelling while drawing out toxins and neutralizing some of
A few drops of Echinacea tincture to the sting and take it
A drop of pure essential oil of Lavender over the
A few drops of pure essential oil of peppermint on a sting
that has become hard and swollen the day after the sting.
If you have none of these available, apply mud. Add enough
water to dirt to make a thick mud; cover the sting
Apply witch hazel, fresh lemon or lime juice.
ivy, oak, or sumac
rashes from poison ivy, oak or sumac; insect bites and stings,
burns and bruises
Dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda in 8 ounces of water. Dip a
clean cloth into the solution and place the cloth over the
affected area for 15-20 minutes. You can also make a thick
paste of baking soda using 3 parts baking soda to one part water
and apply to the affected area. Dissolve one-half cup of baking
soda in the bath for relief. This is also helpful for insect
bites, stings, burns and bruises.
Dilute ½ cup apple cider vinegar in 5 cups of water. Soak a
clean cotton cloth in the solution and apply cooling compresses
to the area.
Apply cold, fresh tofu to the rash and use a wet cloth to bind
into place for 15-20 minutes. When the tofu is no longer cold,
discard and use a fresh, cold piece. Tofu is anti-inflammatory
and can also be applied to all kinds of minor burns.
Swim in saltwater. Sun and salt water quickly dry out poison
Colloidal Oatmeal bath – 1-2 cups in the bath. I like
Aveeno Bath; link is below.
Xanthium Relieve Surface
to relieve itching and rash, take 3 tablets every 2 hours in the
acute stages, then 3 tablets every 3 hours until symptoms
clear. May be more effective to take with
Both are professional herbal formulas and available here.
Effective Herbal Formulas for pain from
always best to go to the emergency room when you suffer from an
injury. For minor incidents these herbal formulas are very
effective. Even if you have a broken bone they will speed up
Resinall E Tabs for pain and swelling due to sprains,
strains, contusions, fractures, torn sinews, bruising and
lacerations. Effective to take it before athletic events such as
running, football, or boxing to prevent swelling and pain. This
is a good one to keep in your medicine cabinet.
Learn more here
AC-Q Tabs for joint and muscle pain from traumatic and
sports injuries; works well for acute lower body (below the
waist) injuries, and chronic cases affecting the whole body.
Learn more here
SPZM treats injuries affecting the upper body; useful
for muscle cramps, wrist pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, lack of
strength in the limbs, restless leg syndrome.
Learn more here
More Pain Formulas Here
researched some high quality products that should be part of
your first aid medicine cabinet. I have used most of them
myself. It's wonderful that there are so many
chemical-free products available. Here are some of my favorites:
Thayers Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Original Alcohol Free
soothes itches, rashes, burns, insect
Quantum Health Buzzaway Spray, 8 Ounce Buzz Away Extreme -
Deet-Free insect repellant for mosquitoes, black flies, ticks,
Sands 100% Pure Aloe Vera Gel, Biodegradable, 8 fl Oz
sunburn, irritated skin, psoriasis, eczema
Alba Botanica Very Emollient, Fragrance Free Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30
Blue Lizard Sensitive Sunscreen SPF 30+ paraben-free,
Lavender Essential Oil. 10 ml. 100% Pure, Undiluted, Therapeutic Grade.
USDA Certified Organic Peppermint Essential Oil. 10 ml. 100% Pure, Undiluted, Therapeutic Grade.
Tea Tree (Melaleuca) Essential Oil. 30 ml (1 oz). 100% Pure, Undiluted, Therapeutic Grade.
Boiron First Aid Calendula Ointment, 1 oz.
soothing for cuts scrapes, minor burns
Aveeno Soothing Bath Treatment, soothing
for poison ivy, oak, and sumac and dry, itchy skin
Unker's Multi Purpose Therapeutic Salve - 3.5 Ounces
I've used this
product for many years in a variety of ways; on the temples for
a headache; checkbones and under nose for sinus infections; as a
steam; for sore or tight muscles; insect bites; rubbed on the
belly for stomach ache and many other uses
Summer Health Tips for Body and Mind
will enlighten you to the many health issues from insomnia to
poor memory that are worsened by summer heat. You'll learn
how to combat them with cooling foods; which foods cause them;
how to replace electrolytes; and the importance of keeping your
digestion strong and healthy.
Use common sense and caution
during the heat of summer. Take a first aid kit with you when
hiking, biking, or for any outdoor activity. Wear a hat and
sunglasses and drink plenty of water. Play well and enjoy! For summer
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