Natural Remedies for the Summer Season

Summer is coming, the most welcomed among seasons because associated with holidays, entertainments, days that give us the possibility to stay out in the open air for a longer period of time and enjoy the beauties of Nature, whose growth is now  at its utmost.

As a matter of fact, summer is the season of growth, in which we too feel the need to improve – both in body and spirit – by re-establishing our contact with Nature. How? As to our body, 45 minutes bicycling, a brisk walk, or swimming, could strengthen our heart and bones, helping us to de-stress. Moreover, our complexion and articulations will benefit from vitamins and mineral salts contained in a great variety of fresh fruits and vegetables that we find in the summer season, which will also strengthen our immune system.

Our spirit will be nourished by the practice of gardening, reading, meditation, open air relaxation (both on the lawn and on the sand) as well as our mind by attending a course or  joining a group.

Anyways, we should take advantage of this period of regeneration by reminding to slow down and take care of ourselves, in order not to fall prey of  this season’s typical ailments.

But let’s look in detail at some of these ailments, how to avoid them or how to assist our body  by using natural healing methods, both if we are on holiday or if we stay in town:

  • Prevent sunburns by protecting the skin with a special cream and by avoiding to sunbathe during the warmest hours of the day, that is from11.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. If you find yourselves in the open air during those hours, wear light dresses and colours (white is the best), and protect your head and eyes wearing a hat and sun-glasses.
  • Should you burn yourself in the sun, add 10 drops of Sandalwood, Rose and Lavender essential oils to the cool bath tub water and plunge into the water for 20 minutes. After delicately drying your skin, protect it with a thin layer of refreshing oil, like Wheat Germ oil. To reduce the pain and the chaps apply Aloe Vera gel locally or imbue a gauze with 1-2 drops of Tea Tree oil and tampon on the lesion.
  • To prevent dehydration, drink water with lemon juice. It is however always a good custom to carry a small bottle of water to sip during the day, as in the summer season we may dehydrate without even becoming aware of it, until we feel thirsty! In ancient Egypt, China and the Far East they used to offer water melon juice and seeds to the thirsty travellers. Actually this fruit is one of the best remedies against dehydration and the symptoms of summer heat – that is thirst without wishing to drink, headaches, nausea, little appetite, feeling heavy in one’s body, poor motivation, slow digestion, higher body temperature, sweating. Water melon is refreshing and cleans the system, relieves from feeling the heat and it is a natural diuretic.
  • Nourish and protect your skin against ageing due to exposure to sun rays by eating food rich in anti-oxidants, which “absorb” the ultraviolet rays-forming free radicals. Some anti-oxidants like beta-carotene protect the skin and are found in yellow and red colour fruits and vegetables, as for instance carrots, oranges, peppers and turnips. On the other hand, folic acid protects skin’s DNA against damage, by preventing skin cancer. Folic acid is found in some vegetables, like spinach, broccoli and cabbage. Moreover, it is advisable to eat at least 5 different colours of fruit and vegetables every day.
  • Rashes and dry skin damaged by the sun can be prevented with a regime rich in essential fatty acids, especially Omega 3, which are naturally contained in our skin (together with Omega 6). Omega 3 are found in greater quantity in mackerel, in nuts and seeds and in the meat of pastured animals.
  • For all skin problems, consider the Bach Flower Remedy Crab Apple: put 3-4 drops in half  a glass of water and tampon the area to be treated with a pad imbued with this solution. Otherwise, apply Rescue Cream, which contains 6 Bach Flower Remedies and is especially good for dry or damaged skin.
  • In order to keep insects – especially mosquitoes – far from the place where you live, consider Citronella essential oil, which is contained also in some candels.
  • Against insects’ bites, it would be a good custom to carry Calendula cream to apply locally, which is refreshing and calming. Instead, Lavender and Tea Tree oil are essential oils efficacious against itching and swelling. As these oils can be directly applied on the skin, the easiest way is to tampon the part to be treated with a gauze or a pad imbued with 1-2 drops of one of these oils. In case of many bites, add 10 drops of Lavender or Tea Tree oil in the bath tub water and plunge in the water for 15 minutes.
  • Take care of your eyes and, when you can, close your eyes and apply a pad imbued with Rose Water on your eye-lids for 10 minutes.
  • In case of indigestion or constipation, add 2 drops of the Bach Flower Remedy Crab Apple in a glass of water and sip during the day. Crab Apple is a remedy that cleans the internal organs from toxins.
  • Relax, by pouring Rose Water in the bath tub water. Rose has a refreshing effect, and since centuries has been used to calm emotions, stress, frustrations, and to nourish love feelings.
  • In the evening, acquire new strength by walking under the moonlight.

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