Summer time is all about fun in the sun. Getting outside and enjoying all that Mother Nature has to offer us. We all know about sun protection and how to prevent damaging our skin, over heating, and dehydration, to name a few common side effects of all the hot sunny days. Doing what you can to protect yourself from having to make a trip to the doctors is great, but unless you live in a bubble, you are bound to encounter one or more of the most common summer time woes. Here are some of the most common summer time woes and how to treat them:
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!
Courtney Truax, LMT is a graduate of East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon. She is licensed through the Oregon Board of Massage Therapy and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She has her own studio massage practice in the heart of downtown Lake Oswego, Oregon.