We know that the colder months typically bring certain maladies such as the flu and the common cold, but let's not forget that summer has its own brand of health issues to deal with as well. Below are four of the most common summer ailments, along with some highly effective natural remedies to help address those conditions.
The pain and sensitivity of sunburned skin can really put a damper on your comfort level. While prevention via a high-SPF sunblock is the best option, you can try these popular natural remedies for those times when the sun gets the best of you.
- When you're dealing with scorched skin, priority one
is tocool down the affected area so that the burn doesn't get any worse. One of the best ways to do this is to take a cool shower, but just make sure to gently pat (not rub!) your skin dry with a towel when you get out.
- Ramp up your water intake. When your skin has been sunburned, it immediately goes into "repair mode", and one of the best ways to speed this process along is to provide your skin with plenty of hydration. Try drinking at least two liters of water per day, and even more if the sunburn is severe.
Aloe vera gel is a wonderful natural substance that can help repair and regenerate sunburned skin. You can buy the bottled gel from your local health food store, or you can purchase the actual aloe vera plant itself and break open one of the leaves to access this healing gel directly from the source. Simply apply the gel directly to the affected area two to three times daily to help speed up the healing process. Try to refrigerate the bottle (or the aloe leaf) for a couple of hours before you apply the gel to produce a cooling, soothing effect on your skin.
Another excellent natural remedy for sunburn is pure lavender essential oil. Since this oil is highly concentrated, you only have to apply one or two drops to the affected area to help speed up your recovery.
2. Heat Rash
The heat and humidity from the summer weather can sometimes cause blockages in your sweat glands, producing inflammation,
3. Swimmer's Ear
As with sunburn, prevention is the best route to go for swimmer's ear. Avoid fully immersing your head in the water for prolonged periods of time, and consider using earplugs to protect your ears when swimming. For acute cases of swimmer's ear, try a garlic oil infusion, but for middle-ear infections, go for Mullein oil.
4. Hay Fever
Hay fever is a type of inflammation that occurs when the body's immune system basically "overreacts" to certain allergens. To help stave off the symptoms of hay fever (e.g., sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, congestion, coughing, etc.), your best bet will be to bolster your immune system through good nutrition.
Try adding the following foods to your diet:
Garlic - It's an antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral powerhouse that can boost your immune function, and it also contains selenium, which helps to fight off inflammation.
Orange Veggies - There are several different orange vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, and pumpkin that are rich in Vitamin A, which is a key disease-fighting antioxidant.
- Onions - These pungent veggies possess powerful anti-inflammatory properties due to their high level of organic sulfur compounds.
- Leafy Green Vegetables - We're talking spinach, kale, collards, and so forth--they possess an abundance of antioxidant compounds to help boost your immune health and keep inflammation at bay.
You don't have to let these bothersome summer ailments slow you down. Put the above home remedies into practice to help keep you going strong throughout the summer months!