More time in the sun means more chances of burns, bites and stings; Here we bring together the four most common summer ailments and home remedies to cure them.
• Tea bath In a bath filled with cold water, add two cups of calendula tea, four to five bags of green tea, 15 drops of lavender oil and three tablespoons of oatmeal tied in muslin. If the burn is on your face, add the same ingredients in a third or a quarter of the amount to a large bowl of cold water. Soak a cloth in the liquid and apply the cloth for several minutes. Fresh water soothes raw and hot areas and rehydrates the skin. The ingredients will soothe the itch and reduce the inflammation that contributes to it.
• Lavender oil. After the bath, apply undiluted lavender essential oil directly on the burned area. Rub the lavender oil after the bath to reduce inflammation.
• Aloe vera. Apply the sap of an aloe vera leaf on the burned area. If you do not have an aloe plant, use 100% cream or aloe vera lotion without fixatives.
• Herbal ointments. You can buy ointments or creams containing St. John’s wort, calendula and comfrey, all soothing ingredients. To increase the effect, mix a drop of lavender and a drop of chamomile oil in a small amount, then apply and cover with a bandage.
• Natural yogurt. Apply to the skin for 15 to 20 minutes of cooling relief, then rinse with cold water and apply an ointment as described above.
2. Poison ivy
• Essential oils of chamomile and lavender. Apply cold compresses that have been soaked in four ounces of water with five drops of chamomile oil and five drops of lavender oil. Chamomile oil and lavender oil have anti-inflammatory properties to soothe itching.
• Aveeno and chamomile tea. Immerse yourself in a cool bath in which you have sprayed one or two packages of Aveeno. Also add two cups of concentrated chamomile tea.The cold bath with oatmeal helps to relieve itching and inflammation, thanks to the gelatin carbohydrates in the oatmeal that soothe the skin.
• Nettle. Take two to three nettle capsules three to four times a day for the next 24 to 48 hours. Nettle leaves contain quercetin and act as natural antihistamines.
3. Bee stings
• Bromelain. This enzyme of vegetable origin, is an excellent anti-inflammatory. Take 500 milligrams three times a day for the first 24 to 48 hours after a bite.
• Echinacea. Put one or two drops of echinacea tincture directly on the sting. It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, perfect option for bee stings.
• Soothing gels. Choose an aloe vera gel or a calendula, chamomile or banana cream. For a stronger effect, mix 10 to 20 drops of a combination of essential oils of lavender, tea tree, chamomile and / or eucalyptus in one ounce of ointment. These oils have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
• Lavender oil or tea tree oil. You can add them to the gels mentioned above or use them on your own.
4. insect bites
• Chamomile tea. This plant is desinflamante. Wash the areas bitten with cold chamomile tea.
• Aloe vera. Aloe will not stop the immune response, but it has anti-inflammatory properties.
• Echinacea. With one to two drops of echinacea angustifolia extract or purpurea alcohol extract will work as a topical analgesic.
• Soothing gels. Apply calendula, chamomile or banana cream, all of which have anti-inflammatory properties. Mix 10 to 20 drops of a combination of essential oils of lavender, chamomile or mint in one ounce of ointment.