Amazing Remedies for Summertime Ailments Found in Your Kitchen
Summertime is the best time of year if you ask me. The grass is soft. The air is fresh. The sunshine is warm. The plants are blooming in beautiful colors. Everyone wants to get outside and play. But what else comes along with the summer? Bee stings, sunburns, bug bites, and poison ivy. Wouldn't it be nice to not have to rush out to the pharmacy to treat these summertime ailments and simply use things you can find in your pantry, medicine cabinet, or refrigerator to treat them?
Yes, you read that correctly. The things you use daily that your cabinets are full of could also be remedies to these less than desirable things that come along with the summer. Your pantry alone is loaded with natural remedies. Who doesn't have baking soda somewhere in their home? Open your medicine cabinet and I bet there is witch hazel in there. Remedies are all over the place in our homes, you just need to know where to look.
Summer Natural Remedies for Sunburns
One of the best things about summer is lounging by the pool or spending the day at the beach. We sometimes get distracted with all the fun we are having that we forget to apply sunscreen and we get that dreaded sunburn. In my opinion, there is nothing in the summer that is worse than a sunburn. It hurts to sleep, it hurts to shower, it even hurts to wear clothes when the burn is bad enough.
The first instinct is to grab the aloe gel and cover your entire body in it. Well, what if you realize you don't have any? Don't fret! You have remedies in your home. Something as simple as ice can help take the burn away. Even a simple cloth soaked in cold milk and applied to the burn can be helpful. Finely ground oatmeal in an oatmeal bath can draw the burn out.
As surprising as it is, raw, undistilled apple cider vinegar is an incredible remedy to all burns, including sunburns. If you look in your medicine cabinet, chances are you have a bottle of witch hazel. Witch hazel is a great treatment to so many summertime ailments and would take the sting out of a sunburn very quickly. There are so many other remedies for sunburns that you can read about here.
Natural Remedies for Bug Bites
I can't be the only one who HATES bug bites. They are so itchy and such a nuisance. Not spending the day scratching at bug bites seems impossible sometimes. Bug spray is really very important to wear to protect against vector-borne illnesses like Lyme's Disease and Eastern Equine Encephalitis but even with bug spray, we sometimes can still get a bite or two.
Did you know a cucumber slice applied to an itchy bug bite can help take the itch and swelling away? What about a lemon or lime slice? You can apply honey to bug bites to take the itch out almost instantly. Like with sunburns, vinegar can take out the sting and itch of bug bites pretty quickly. There are so many other remedies to bug bites and you can read about them here or here.
Natural Remedies for Bee Stings
How about those dreaded bee stings? I have been fortunate to only have been stung a few times in my life, but I know those hurt like crazy. Sometimes the stinger stays inside the wound and you have to do whatever you can to draw it out. Making a paste of baking soda and water does wonders at drawing the stinger out! As surprising as it is, honey actually will do the same as the baking soda paste does in drawing out the stinger. You want know another surprising one? Peanut butter.
The stinger is out, so how do you take away the stinging feeling? One way to take out the sting is by applying crushed garlic to the wound. Basil, onion, and parsley are three more things you may have in your fridge that could really help with the stinging sensation. It is incredible how many natural remedies for bee stings there are out there!
Remedies Poison Ivy, Poison Oak and Poison Sumac
I have been fortunate enough to have never gotten a poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac rash but I hear it is agonizing. We mentioned witch hazel before, but it is a great natural treatment for all three as well as a baking soda paste and an oatmeal bath. The best thing to do before trying to treat the itch is to wash the area thoroughly to remove the oils and prevent it from further spreading. Applying a cool cloth to the rash once it has be properly washed will help alleviate the burning and itching sensation.
It is so amazing how many things we have here that are natural remedies and how avoiding over the counter medications and ointments is possible. What other home remedies can you think of for these summer ailments?