Four Naturopathic Remedies for Summer

12 Jun
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Four Naturopathic Remedies for Summer

Summer is great, but with summer comes mosquito bites, bee stings, poison ivy, and sunburns. And whether you just don’t have the right first aid products or you prefer natural ingredients, Dr. Aisling Lanigan from Erin Mills Optimum Health shares the four best remedies to keep you and your family safe all summer long – Naturally.

 

  1. Bee sting natural remedy

If your child has an allergy, call EMS and initiate treatment such as an EpiPen. Allergy or not, it is vital to get the stinger out! The bee’s hind area contains the venom which causes pain (or a reaction) so don’t delay in getting it out. Run the affected area under cold water and apply ice for 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off.

Two easy home remedies to neutralize the acidic venom are:

  • Make a paste using baking soda, a dab of vinegar and water, and apply it to the wound for 30 minutes.
  • Apply toothpaste to the wound to reduce pain and swelling.

 

2.  Mosquito bite natural remedy

Prevention is key, but who wants to cover their kids or themselves in the chemicals that are in bug spray? Kids in particular are at risk as their skin absorbs the chemicals more easily. Try this natural bug spray to keep bugs at bay, or, if you do get bitten, try this DIY after-bite!

DIY naturopathic bug spray:

  • Fill a 100mL bottle half with witch hazel, half with water.
  • Add 15 drops each of citronella and peppermint essential oils with a couple of drops of vanilla oil.

DIY after-bite:

  • Apply diluted tea tree oil onto the bite and/or squeeze fresh lemon juice onto it.

3. Poison Ivy natural remedy

If you think you or your kids have come in contact with poison ivy, act quickly! The ivy’s oil can absorb into the skin within about 10 minutes. Wash the area with soap and water ASAP, and let the area air dry to avoid contaminating towels.

How to treat poison ivy:

  • Baking soda is a great way to dry out blisters of poison ivy: Concoct a paste of baking soda and water, and spread it on the affected area. Reapply every two hours. Before going to bed, pour a cup of baking soda into a lukewarm bath and take a soak. Oatmeal is a good substitute if you don’t have baking soda.
  • Apple cider vinegar applied topically to the affected area helps decrease itch and speed healing. Apply a teaspoon directly onto the skin 3 times a day.

4. Sunburn natural remedy

Prevent burns by wearing a good quality natural sunscreen with zinc oxide as the active SPF ingredient.

How to treat a sunburn:

    • Break off an aloe vera leaf and apply the sap to the affected area. Aloe vera is an anti-inflammatory, it prevents the skin from peeling and it promotes new skin growth. (It’s also great for healing mosquito bites, poison ivy and bee stings!)
    • Less known, but equally as effective, is lavender essential oil. Apply it directly on the burn site as soon as possible. If you have a large burn area, you can use lavender oil mixed with liquid soap in a cool bath.

Summer fun! Suggestions from our Mississauga Naturopathic Doctors

With this heat wave we are getting, I will be taking my kids to a nearby splash pad to cool off.

There are some essential items that I ALWAYS bring on our summer outings! Here is a list:

1.  Sunblock: my favourite is Green Beaver Sunblock Spray. It goes on easy and quick without lots of streaking and works very well–have never had anyone burn using this.
2.  Full brim hats and UV sunglasses: even with sunblock on, the eyes are very sensitive to the UV rays.
3.  Arnica 30C homeopathic: inevitably with busy kids, they are bound to have falls and scrapes! I will give my kids 3 pellets of this amazing remedy either once or a few times every 10 minutes. The bruises heal faster and there are significantly less tears.
4.  Electrolyte beverage: These will vary depending on what i have in the fridge but here is the latest recipe i have my eyes on:
(8 cubes (seeds out) watermelon,
1/2 cup fresh lime juice,
1/4 cup raw agave syrup,
pinch of himalyan sea salt

handful of ice

Add all to a blender and blend well. Quickly add to thermos/swell bottle to keep cold and enjoy during a hot day. Alternatively make homemade popsicles for freezer for later.
5. Snacks! Kids and adults alike get very hungry will romping around in splashpads. Some of my favourite snacks are homemade crispy chickpeas, roasted cashews, sliced strawberries, blueberries, and gluten free vegan banana bread.
Enjoy the summer weekends!

Dr. Kirsten Almon, Naturopathic Doctor in Mississauga

 

 

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