Summer means warm weather, cold drinks, and sun-kissed tans. But summer comes with its own ailments. There are tons of remedies for bug bites, heat rashes, and sunburns at your local pharmacies, but those are filled with chemicals and preservatives. Our skin is our largest organ and it absorbs whatever you put on it. Below are a few natural remedies that are good for your skin and help treat summer ailments.
Aloe Vera Gel
What it’s for: Sunburns
The gel of an aloe vera plant is soothing and cool, making it the perfect remedy for sunburns. Simply cut open an aloe vera leaf and apply the liquid onto your burn several times a day.
What it’s for: Bug Bites
Basil is a natural source of thymol and camphor, compounds that help relieve itching and irritation. Crush basil leaves into a fine paste, or use basil essential oil, and rub it directly onto your bug bites to soothe itching.
Baking Soda Paste
What it’s for: Poison Ivy
Poison ivy rashes come with itchy and inflamed skin that can be highly uncomfortable. Mixing two tablespoons of baking soda with two tablespoons of water and stirring until you get a thick paste will soothe the skin. Spread the paste directly on your rash then rinse it off with cool water.
What it’s for: Heat Rash
Heat rashes can be seriously uncomfortable but can be treated with a common household ingredient: oatmeal. Soak a cup or two of oatmeal in cool water for an hour or two, then run a shallow bath with lukewarm water. Add the soaked oats and massage gently onto your rash. Rinse completely.
What it’s for: Bee Stings
After a bee sting, you should remove the stinger and clean the area as soon as possible. Then apply a small amount of honey over the sting. Honey is a great natural treatment due to its antibacterial properties.