When summer rolls around we become more active outdoors which may lead to a couple of bumps and bruises. These minor injuries can be treated with natural remedies and below are ten you should include in your Summer Home Remedies first-aid kit:
Aloe Vera: This succulent plant’s gel soothes sunburns and other minor burns and also relives the itching from poison ivy or oak. This amazing plant can speed up the healing process and prevents infection. You can grow your own and just slice the plant to squeeze and extract the gel or you can buy it at most health stores and pharmacies in topical lotions.
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Apis: Gets it’s active ingredient from the honey bee. Taken by pellets that dissolve under the tongue, this homeopathic remedy is great for stings and burns that produce swelling. This is based on the homeopathic principle that “like heals like”. Apis Mellifica can be found at pharmacies and online.
Arnica: Good for bruises, sprains and muscle aches. As long as there is no open wound, use as a cream or ointment and rub on the inflamed area. Do not use on an open wound since it can be toxic and increase bleeding. You can also dissolve pellets under the tongue. Read more about Arnica here: University of Maryland Medical Center
Calendula: This is a member of the marigold family and a natural alternative to antibiotic ointment. Useful as a tincture to treat minor cuts and scrapes and a salve for tissue healing. Read More>>
Charcoal: this is made of fine powdered carbon that’s oxygenized to make it very porous. Activated charcoal is able to trap infectious agents and stop them from entering the blood stream. You can mix charcoal powder with water and rub it on bites and stings about 3 times a day. Cover it with some gauze and tape.
Echinacea: As a tincture you can apply this topically to reduce the chance of infections from bug stings, bites, cuts and boils. It helps stimulate the immune system by increasing production of white blood cells.
Hypericum: This is the same plant that St. John’s Wort comes from and is good for relieving pain from injuries from crushing your finger or stubbing your toe. Take a few pellets of Hypericum and relief should be minutes away.
Lavender and Tea Tree essential oils: These oils can be applied undiluted on the skin. If you have sensitive skin, the Tea Tree oil might cause some irritation. Good for cleansing a wound and help reduce pain. You can also gargle with water containing a drop or two of the Tea Tree oil to ease the pain of a sore throat. Use Lavender oil for smelling salts. Both cool and relieve pain from minor burns but Lavender also works as an insect repellent, stress reducer and headache remedy. For protection from insects, dab Lavender oil on pulse points like you would perfume. To reduce stress, add to bathwater or sprinkle drops on a tissue and breathe in deeply. For headaches, rub some on your temples or your forehead.
Five Flower Remedy: Star of Bethlehem, Rockrose, Cherry Plum, Impatiens and Clematis. The essence of these flowers are used to treat and reduce fear or shock from an injury. Just place a few drops in a glass of water and sip throughout the day.
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Just some helpful tips on Summer Home Remedies we can use this season. Have fun and play safe!
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