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First Aid for Summer’s Best Fun

It’s summer…get out and play! While you’re outdoors with nature, it only makes sense to choose wellness and first aid products that help preserve beauty and health naturally. Fortunately, there are natural alternatives for addressing everything from bug bites and motion sickness to scrapes and strains. And don’t forget nutritional support for healthy joints and energy levels! Have you had a scrape, bruise, bite or poison ivy encounter while having summer’s best fun? Allow us to help you enjoy a more comfortable and carefree season with the knowledge and natural products you need to be good to your whole body. Insect Bites:
  • Colloidal oatmeal bath or lavender or peppermint essential oil soothe itching and promote healing (one undiluted drop on each bite).
  • Garlic soothes pain; hold crushed clove on sting 20 minutes then rinse.
  • Topical clay or basil leaf (crushed or extract) soothes itching and stinging pain.
  • Homeopathic remedies include: Ledum (wild rosemary) for swelling; Apis (honey bee) for stings.
Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac:
  • Colloidal oatmeal baths, calamine lotion or topical clay soothe, help address itching and promote healing.
  • Jewelweed or eucalyptus essential oils (diluted), or witch hazel promote healing; use as a compress.
  • Homeopathic remedies include: Rhus tox, Anacardium orientale, Graphites, Urtica urens, Sulphur.
Minor Cuts, Burns, Scrapes and Splinters:
  • Tea tree oil or witch hazel in products or diluted cleans and soothes.
  • Comfrey, lavender or calendula ointment or compress promotes healing and a healthy inflammation response.
  • Slippery elm compress may help dislodge splinters.
Muscle Soreness, Bruises and Swelling:
  • Arnica gel or cream relieves swelling and pain.
  • Bromelain (pineapple enzyme) helps soothe sprains and bruises.
  • Capsaicin cream helps soothe aches and pains.
  • Homeopathic remedies include: Arnica montana, Magnesium phosphorus, Hypericum perf, Ruta grav, Ledum pal, Rhus tox.
Motion Sickness:
  • Drinking raspberry leaf tea or inhaling the aroma of peppermint essential oil promotes a calm stomach.
  • Homeopathic remedies include: Cocculus Indicus, Argentum Nitricum, Nux Vomica, Tabacum.
Get more ideas from our Be Good to Your Whole Body pocket guides, in-store or in pdf.

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Mahandeva(Whitnie)Crown says …

Great post, especially the part about essential oils! Lavender and Tea Tree Essential oils are always in my first aid kit, especially for summer. I even travel with them. Lavender has excellent antiseptic properties and is both calming and healing for skin. Lavender Essential oil also has anti- spasmodic properties making it great for sore muscles. Add some Bergamon and Roman Chamomile and you have a great post- hike of run rub! I love Tea Tree! Tea Tree oil also has good antiseptic properties as well as anti-fungal properties which makes it very effective for treating summer skin infections such as ringworm. I also dab it on mosquito bites and zits!

Deana says …

Hi, I'm looking or Jewelweed and can't find it. I was told it is a good alternative to taking antihistamines for Cold Urticaria. I'm not sure if there is an oral supplement or if it is just an essential topical oil but maybe you could let me know. Is this something you can buy at Whole foods? Thank you, Deana

says …

@Dena Since each store does things a little differently and offers a different array of products the best way to get the most accurate response regarding the availability of the Jewelweed is to reach out to them directly. You can identify their contact information at the below link. http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores

Rodney says …

Appreciate this post. Will try it out.

Johanna Gerke says …

Need help to get rid of head lice, because I have tried everything on the market

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@JOHANNA - Our products differ between stores so give the store in your area a call to see what products they have in stock that might help.