- Sunburns – The odds are if you go outside for any length on time, you take a chance of getting a sunburn. Ouch. Besides your trusty aloe vera gels, you can use white vinegar to help ease pain, inflammation, and itching of the skin. Just soak a couple of sheets of paper towels with the white vinegar and place them on the burned area and allow to dry. Reapply as necessary.
- Heat Rashes – The heat can cause our body’s to react in different ways, one being a red rash that suddenly pops up underneath your clothes. It is itchy and unattractive. Gently wash and dry the area and then apply baking soda over the rash. Baking soda helps dry up any moisture or sweat that has gathered on your skin and allow it to cool the skin back down. Heat rashes should go away once your skin and body has cooled down, so seek cool shady area to relax in while the rash goes down.
- Mosquito & Bug Bites – Whether it’s spiders, bees, or mosquitos, the bugs always seem to be out in full force during the summer months and hungry for our skin. Bites can be painful and itchy, to say the least. Always remove any stingers and gently wash the bite first, then apply ice to the bite to immediately reduce some swelling. You can apply baking soda on bites as a paste (add water) to help relieve itching, pain, and inflammation. Peppermint is another great way to help cool and soothe the itching effects of a bug bite. Use a drop or two of peppermint oil on the effected area or even apply a dab of minty toothpaste on the bite.
- Poison Oak or Ivy – Sometimes when we wander through unfamiliar territory when hiking or camping, we may accidentally brush by some poison oak. We often are aware of the dangers of running into poison oak or ivy, but it is usually not a huge threat during most of the year when our skin is nicely covered up, protecting us from the poisonous oil on their leaves. In the summer time, however, we often have shorts, t-shirts, and tank tops on, meaning our skin is more readily exposed to an accidental run in of them, resulting in an extremely itching and blistering looking rash. First, take off and wash any clothing that may have been in contact with the poison oak and the affected areas of your skin. Then with lukewarm or cool water, wash the area and your hands to reduce spreading the oil, and thus the rash, to other areas. One of the most effective home remedies is to grab apple cider vinegar, soak a paper towel with it, and place it on the rash. Apple cider vinegar has been known to help pull out the toxins, and speed up the healing process. Don’t have apple cider with you? Try using rubbing alcohol to help prevent the spreading of the oils. You can then apply a baking soda paste as you would on other types of rashes to help alleviate the pain, itching, and swelling.
- Athlete’s Foot – Let’s be honest, we all enjoy being able to kick off our shoes and walk around barefooted during these warmer weather days. We also do not think much about walking around barefooted by the pools or the showers when rinsing off. This is usually where most people get the foot and toe nail fungus, as it is a breeding ground for warm, moist environments that the fungus thrives on. You can also get it from wearing tight fitting shoes and socks, allowing your feet to sweat and remain damp for long periods of time. If you do get Athlete’s foot or toe fungus, try soaking your feet in sugar free antiseptic mouthwash, such as Listerine, several times a day as soon as you notice the onset of the fungus, but be aware that it may sting a bit. Tea Tree oil is also great at treating toe nail fungus and athlete’s foot. Toe nail fungus may take longer to heal, especially if it has gone untreated for a while.
There are plenty of great home remedies to alleviate pain, swelling, and itchiness due to common summer time woes. It is helpful to have on hand baking soda, white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, peppermint and tea tree oils, as well as aloe vera and oatmeal. Do your best to stay covered up, keep dry, and stay in cool places to help prevent many of these woes to begin with, as well as staying well hydrated with drinking plenty of water.
If you do happen to encounter any of these common summertime woes, hopefully these remedies will help you in a bind. Remember, most home remedies are best for minor and acute symptoms. If your symptoms are, or becomes, severe or you have a severe reaction, go to see a doctor immediately. Now get outside and enjoy all the summer time fun!