It’s hot outside and the kids want to play in the sprinkler. Without hesitation you say yes, only to remember you forgot to put on their sunscreen once you see them come in with bright red skin and an itchy heat rash. The mosquitos are bad! Proof shown by how many bites your children have all over their body. Summer is fun but so many things can happen that weren’t in the plans. Here’s some ideas on how to help relieve those situations naturally.
Natural Remedies to Itchy, Sore, Summertime Problems.
Ice pack or cool cloth. This will stop the cooking process of your skin by cooling it down. 2. Take a cool shower or bath.
– Add one cup of cider vinegar to the bath to help balance the pH of your sunburnt skin and it also promotes healing.
– Add oatmeal to your bath. This helps itchy skin, especially. Just remember it’s easier add in than to take out.
Potatoes. Grate a large potato and place the potato on your burn. It sounds odd, but it’s known to calm and cool the skin after a burn.
Aloe Vera. One of nature’s most amazing healing remedies. You can even keep it in the fridge to help add some coolness when applied.
Cool milk. Leave it on the counter for a few minutes then pour onto a cloth. Place the cloth on the area with the sunburn. It creates a protein film over the burn that helps to ease the discomfort.
Black tea. Make a freshly brewed tea and allow it to cool completely. Either place the tea bag or a cloth soaked in tea on the affected area. The tannic acid in black tea reportedly helps draw heat from sunburned skin, and also aids in restoring the pH balance.
Cucumbers. Cucumbers have natural antioxidant and analgesic properties. Chill cucumbers in the fridge (quick fix, place them in a freezer for a shorter amount of waiting time), then mash in a blender to create a paste, and apply to affected areas including the face.
Itchy Bug Bites
Baking soda and water. This can neutralize the pH of an infected area. Mix a tablespoon of baking soda with a few drops of water until it turns into a paste. Using a q-tip put the mixture onto your bites. This will helps stop the itch.
Lemon. Cut a lemon and rub the inside of the lemon on your bite. Please only do this if you haven’t scratched your bite already.
Ice. Hold the ice on your mosquito bite for 10-15 minutes. Alternatively you can hold it under cold running water.
Aloe Vera. Natures healing remedy does wonders on mosquito bites too! Chill in the fridge for 10-15 minutes then rub onto the bite.
Toothpaste. This can help stop the itching from almost any bug bite. Simply rub it on the area for easy relief. (note, not the gel toothpaste).
Garlic. If you haven’t scratched your itchy spot yet, this is a great way to encourage healing and stop itching. Rub a cut piece of a garlic clove onto your bite, wait a few minutes, then wash it off.
Essential oils. Antiseptic properties in tea tree oil help it treat a variety of skin-related symptoms, including mosquito bites. Dab a little essential oil onto a cotton swab and rub it on the affected area. Lavender and peppermint oils also work well. Note. Some people are sensitive to having essential oils applied directly to the skin. If that’s the case for you, try diluting the oil or choose a different remedy.
Honey. If you don’t mind being a little sticky then honey is a great way to relieve itchy bites as it is an anti-inflammatory. Place a tab on your bite and let the honey do its job to relieve the itching.
Calamine lotion. This pink lotion has been around for decades and offers a quick relief to any bug bite. Use a q-tip and place the lotion on the itchy spots.
Soothing bath. Have a warm bath and include either Epsom salts, oatmeal or baking soda.
Baking soda. Make the same paste as you would for a sunburn or bug bite and place it on the affected area.
Calamine lotion. This pink lotion can help relieve the itching and discomfort from swimmers itch.
Vinegar. Use a diluted vinegar mixture (1 cup water to ¼ cup vinegar) and wipe over the body. This can help relieve itchy skin. Don’t use over cuts or open wounds.
Wash the affected area. Always do this step using a mild soap such as Dove, or a natural soap. Rinse and pat dry. You should be doing this several times a day.
Showers and baths. Try to keep them as cool as you possibly can so you don’t aggravate your rash.
Cool packs. You can apply these to the affected areas, but don’t exceed more than 20 minutes in an hour.
Drink water. Water helps regulate your body temperature so be sure you’re consuming a good amount for you!
Cotton clothing. Wearing cotton clothing will allow your body to breath and helps reduce the chances of you getting a heat rash, or perpetuating it.
Air conditioning. This will help relieve some of your itching and pain associated with heat rash. If you don’t have an AC then hit up your local mall or grocery store for some relief.
NOTE. Although most cases of bug bites, heat rash and sunburn aren’t life threatening, if your symptoms do not go away after a few days, or if they get worse, or if you start to fever, feel dizzy, or nauseous, please go see your doctor.