While it is lovely to bask in the summer sun, there are some situations that occur as a result of the heat and the sun that are not quite so enjoyable. There is plenty of help available fortunately in the form of natural remedies for problems such as overheating, dehydration and sunburn.

Dehydration is one of the most common problems that occur in summer. The heat causes our bodies to perspire more rapidly which increases our water loss throughout the day. Additional water should always be taken on board during the summer months. To ensure your body stays completely hydrated every day it is a good idea to enjoy a dose or two of coconut water. This is a bit like a natural isotonic drink. It rapidly hydrates the body and replaces the fluids lost through sweating. Just drink a large glass of coconut water one or two times during the day and in particular following a work out of exercise session of some kind. This will prevent dehydration and therefore keep the body functioning at its optimum level.

Overheating can also be a serious problem during the summer. The natural remedy to this is rose water because it is so cooling. Rose water has other benefits too in that it works as a terrific perfume and even facial toner too. Add a few drops of rose water into a spray bottle filled with water. Use as a spritz over your face, hands and neck when you are feeling too hot. Alternatively soak a towel, add one or two drops of rose water, place in the fridge for ten minutes and then place the compress on the back of the neck, over the wrists or on the forehead.

Summer just wouldn’t be summer without sunburn. Although sunburn is dangerous and should be avoided like the plague by covering up and wearing cream at all times, sometimes it just happens. Use lavender essential oil to help soothe the affected area and promote cell regeneration. Mix 10 drops of lavender essential oil with an aloe vera gel (or other cream or lotion you have on hand) and rub gently into the area of the burn. This will help reduce any pain and heal the skin faster.

Because we spend more time outside in the summer, stings, cuts and bites are far more common than during the winter months. To help reduce swelling and pain, clean the affected area with hydrogen peroxide. Then add a drop of yarro tincture to the sting, cut or bite. This will help restore the tissue and therefore heal the skin quicker. For more serious wounds you may want to cover the area with a bandage.

Has anyone got any other suggestions of natural remedies for summer specific problems? How do you deal with overheating, sunburn and dehydration? Send in your ideas to us here at Baldwin’s.

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