Certain herbs are being studied more and more for their beneficial effects on inflammation in the body.
Ginger, turmeric, holy basil, green tea, and rosemary all promote a healthy inflammation response.
The benefits from the herbs mentioned are found when the herbs are taken in therapeutic doses.
Certain essential oils were mentioned for keeping the bugs away, since they change the taste of the skin.
Citronella, evergreen and/or eucalyptus were recommended specifically for mosquitoes.
These essential oils are available in combination in products to keep the bugs away.
Ledum (wild rosemary) and Apis (from the honeybee) were mentioned as homeopathic medicines for swelling and stings from bugs.
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are vital for optimal tissue and joint health as well as flexibility.
EFAs are also important for healthy inflammation response in the joints.
Glucosamine and chondroitin formulas address joint pain by supplementing and supporting components naturally found in healthy cartilage.
Chondroitin Sulfate is actually a constituent of cartilage, while glucosamine is a building block of cartilage.
MSM ((Methylsulfonylmethane) is a naturally occurring sulfur compound that supports healthy joint function.
Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and MSM are often taken in combination formulas.
Several natural remedies were recommended for sunburned skin:
Lavender essential oil, diluted in water or carrier oil, was recommended.
Vitamin E and avocado oil promote healing for the skin.
Aloe vera gel (undiluted) soothes and promotes healing for the skin.
Peppermint oil, calendula oil and St. John's Wort extract all help to bring down body heat and promote a healthy inflammatory response.
Also be aware that some medicines and herbs can make you more sun sensitive.
Taking B-complex supplements and eating garlic and onions was recommended to make skin less tasty to mosquitoes.
Witch hazel, tea tree oil, lavender, calendula and comfrey ointment were remedies mentioned for soothing minor cuts and scrapes.
Slippery elm was recommended for summer first aid because it is helpful for dislodging splinters.
Arnica is a flowering mountain plant with therapeutic benefits. Most often it's used in homeopathic medicines in the form of pellets taken under the tongue, or in creams and lotions. As an herb, it is also added to topical formulas for muscle soreness, bruises, minor strains and sprains, and other sports injuries.