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Natural First Aid for Summer

Sunburn and scrapes, bites and bruises remind us that summer’s not all easy. Fortunately, there are effective natural products for addressing nature’s small challenges. Learn how to create your own summer first aid kit with essential oils, vitamins, herbal ointments and homeopathic remedies. Malia Curran, MS, MPH, is a nutrition and health consultant.

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Cancan says …

I like using saline to clear a stuff nose. My favorite idea from the pod cast is lavender essential oil diluted in water for sun burn relief. I would feel safe using that for my young children. B complex vitamins keep bugs away??? I'm trying that!

Paula H says …

I like to drink cranberry juice when I feel a UTI coming on. I also feed my kids a lot of yogurt when they are first showing the signs of an ear infection. More than once it has cleared it up.

Mom2TwoVikings says …

The matchstick on a bee sting was news to me!

Carrie says …

I have a bottle of vitamin e around,too. I really want to purchase an aloe plant

Amanda K says …

I barely get sick, but when I do get a stomach flu/food poisoning, I always keep ginger around. It helps my stomach relax, and I don't have to worry about getting out and going to the store.

Heather Curtis says …

I think Castor Oil is a wonderful natural remedy for a lot of ailments and good for preventing a lot of them as well! I use it to wash and moisturize my face, clean my teeth and it also works great as a laxative! :)

Hetal says …

I use turmeric on wounds.

Lori says …

Peppermint on suburns is new to me. I will have to try it, the next time I get a sunburn.

Mclendon says …

I can think of three immediately that I current use almost daily for various reasons: Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel and Hydrogen Peroxide. Thanks for your very informative

April says …

Putting peppermint oil in bath water for sunburns was great to learn. It would smell good and be a great additive to Aloe. Thanks for the info!

Candis says …

I make mint tea for upset stomach and I take Homeopathic remedies. I also take garlic tablets daily and bugs don't bite me!

Nanette Eolsen says …

I have a aloe vera plant and it is great for soothing burns and scrapes.

KY says …

Aloe and Tea Tree Oil. Indispensible.

nesie says …

Painful burns are quickly relieved with a piece of an aloe vera plant.

Kim says …

Aloe vera gel!

Britt says …

I use peppermint and ginger tea for upset stomaches

Samantha Pruitt says …

mint for upset stomachs and lemon juice for a sore throat and acne!

dewey says …

We use feverfew for headaches

Red says …

I have a huge aloe garden outside my front door. It is soooo good for sunburn.

Jinxy says …

I always use aloe on cuts or burns.

Tracy says …

Lots of good ideas. I have always found Teat Tree oil will keep off ticks etc, but never thought to use it for cleaning and soothing. I also like the idea of adding beneficial oils to lotion - like peppermint to help a sun burn. Thanks

Aine says …

I have a bottle of Tea Tree Oil, which is an awesome natural antiseptic for cuts and scrapes.

Katie says …

I do not get stung very often as an adult, but as a child my mother put a mixture of baking soda and water on my bee stings. It really helped to ease the pain especially on the sensitive arch of my foot where I always seemed to get them!

Mississippi Songbird says …

We keep aloever gel on hand.. I love withchazel too. I didn't know about the peppermint for sunburns. Thanks for the tips.. I enjoyed the odcast.

vicki says …

Aloe is the best for any kind of burn

Janey says …

Chewing tobacco juice on bug bites. this is as old as the hills,but it works.

Paisley says …

My aloe plant.

Karrie says …

I use Aloe Vera for burns and even shaving nicks

Anonymous says …

My aloe vera plant is my friend.

Blake says …

Mix a little baking soda in with your shampoo for dandruff, also boiled tea bags (cooled) for a sunburn

Sylvia Porter says …

you can use green tea for everything! like put it on your eyes to reduce puffiness. or create a mask out of oatmeal and grapefruit, that's really great for your skin!

Joy says …

eating garlic and onions to fight of bug bites - who would have guessed

Brien Piero says …

Thanks for the podcast !!! ...raw garlic for colds, tea tree oil for minor cuts

Slehan says …

A quick rub of an ice cube on a burn, then aloe or lavender essential oil. Thanks for the contest.

says …

I love rescue remedy too! I carry the cream around in the summertime, it's great for relieving insect bites (especially fire ants).. if you apply it immediately after the bite it takes away the pain and the bite. Also, it is great for sunburns because it takes the trauma away from the skin.

Heather says …

Baking soda does work well.

Hazel says …

I love tea tree oil. It's my first aid kit in a bottle. My daughter was amazed at the results recently on a skin scrape.

Marielena says …

Insect repellents and DEET? Can you offer a natural remedy? We are off to Thailand with two children ages 2 1/2 and 5 yrs old and want to protect against mosquitoes. we will be in non-malaria areas.

Glenda says …

Does Whole Food have any mosquito repelent? If not any suggestions?

says …

Product selection varies from store to store, so you'll have to check in with your local one directly. Thanks! http://bit.ly/allstore

suzi says …

Help my husband has athlete's foot what do i use to get rid of it it's so horrid.

vivi says …

i use peppermint leafs with salt, i chew them for upset stomach.... baking soda mixed with water for heartburn, works better than zantac!!!

Arthur Rubalcaba says …

i understand that this alkalizes water. How many tablespoons or teaspoones to what amount of water?

Marvin Glover says …

I am looking for a natural insect repellant that I can use on my body. Citronella has been suggested unless there is an allergy to aspirin. Is is effective and are there others?

says …

@Marina Beyond the tips and tricks offered we are unable to make suggestions for alternate ailments. I suggest reaching out to your primary care professional or internet searching on forums for these types of herbal/oil remedies. Thanks for reaching out!

Marina Rivera says …

I would like to know what essential oils in addition to tea tree oil is helpful for fingernail fungus?

says …

@Marina Beyond the tips and tricks offered we are unable to make suggestions for alternate ailments. I suggest reaching out to your primary care professional or internet searching on forums for these types of herbal/oil remedies. Thanks for reaching out!

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