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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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Hanna West says …

I have my first sunburn this year :( essential oils/arnica work wonders!

Mary Francis says …

I really this approach. Looking forward to trying some of these tips.

Matt Voth says …

I like the natural approach. The smell of some of the traditional, western medicine chemical sprays have a horrific effect on my skin and nose.

Wendy says …

I learned about this post from a friend. I'll share it with my friends, we are all big fans of the stores!

C.J. says …

Summer is here.

Nora says …

Great to see people addressing natural approaches to health.

Mama Z says …

I was traveling in Florida last week and now have the first sunburn of the season. Aloe has been helping. Wow, again allot of solid info here, but to much to remember, is there a place on the website where I can find a complete list of options you mentioned, and print them out, or save them?

Terri says …

Great work. I mentioned this on another post of yours. I appreciate this information, even more I appreciate the quality and cost effectiveness of the 365 products. I hope there are plans for more product lines, such as SPF, toners etc. Anything in the works?

says …

@Mama Z Good morning and thanks for your comment. Whole Body has a series of brochures that cover similar topics to the ones they talk about in their podcast. You can find all of those here (available for download): http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/wholebody/begood/index.html Hope these work for you!

Caryn W says …

Good find here! I appreciate the links to the brochures, and agree so much good information, I'm glad to not have to remember it all by myself.

M.North says …

I like this coverage! Good to see the leader in the worl of natural foods stepping up and presenting an opinion, not just a product!

Browny says …

I do like the idea of creating a first aid kit. We were out and about last weekend, and when the sun was to much I was forced to go to a local CVS and buy some crazy green aloe, with all sorts of chemicals.

Margo says …

What can one use in a pinch? If you are away from a store like Whole Foods, and have a sun burn, are their any options you can find at a traditional grocery store, rather then having to go to a pharmacy?

Jen says …

Not sure if this is a folk remedy or even a remedy at all. A friend once told me that you can rub raw eggs on a sunburn, egg whites to be exact. Is there anything to this method?

Lori says …

Thanks Winnie. The booklet is incredible. I think I've seen a printed version in the store.

Marcy says …

Good timing. Summer finds me scraping and injuring as I try to shed the winter stale energy.

Ashley says …

Is Arnica safe for children under 4 years old? My little one always has bruising on her shins, which I know is common for kids learning to be more and more mobile. I know I can use it topically, but wondering about internally.

Amy says …

Interesting to hear the Citronella is an actual natural oil. We have all smelled the candles, which is a tough smell to stomach, so I assumed it was a chemical that chased the bugs away. So if my family will let me wear the oil I'll give it a shot :)

Mike Arnold says …

Wow I am very impressed with the booklet you all put together. This is info which does need to be shared with people. Natural solutions can be just as if not more, beneficial the typical over the counter solutions.

Ella M says …

I'm new to the podcast world. It is really a nice addition to your website, I'm off to listen to more... oh I really like that I don't have to download this to listen!

Holly Spence says …

Bravo, more good insights! Keep it up, any advice for sore feet, and corns?

M. Chambers says …

Any chance we'll see Whole Foods/365 emergency kits anytime soon?

Sheri says …

Nice suggestions. I am always impressed with the people working in your departments, they have strong knowledge of the supplements and products. I see this knowledge is now being shared on the web, good job WF!

Nan Shelton says …

I agree, your staff is very fluent in their departments. It is difficult for me when I travel and can't access your products, so I agree a travel kit is wise!

Matty says …

Good stuff. I like being able to listening to this advice, rather then always researching.

Suzanne DeRosa says …

I would love to know if any one has tried (with success) a nautral mosquito repellant safe for children. I'm afraid of West Nile enough to keep them inside :(

Helen says …

Thanks for sharing- these suggestions. I to plan on adding some of these to my camping camping kit.

says …

@Terri I contacted our Private Label Customer Questions on your behalf and apparently, while there are no immediate plans for a 365 sunscreen or toner, we are looking into the possibility of a sunscreen. We'll keep you posted!

Jen says …

Thank you for creating this series. I have been a shopper in your stores for years, and it is nice to have more information about the products, and ideas for their use.

Jen says …

When I was 12 years old, we went on a family vacation on a house boat. I had the worst sunburn you can imagine. That night the local marina turned my parents onto a remedy called "fish oil". I'm not sure if that was a brand name, or if it was literally fish oil, it certainly smelled strongly of fish. The next morning the sunburn was gone, and turned to tan. Do you know anything about a product like this?

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@Ashley I know arnica is generally not recommended for internal use - If I were you, I'd consult with a physician or pharmacist to see if it would be okay in any dosage internally.

says …

@Jen I haven't been successful in figuring out what the 'fish oil' is - but if you ever get a chance to go back to that marina, let us know what it is!

says …

@Jen Both Maila and I were unsuccessful in finding any real research about the use of raw eggs on sunburns. Sorry!

says …

@Suzanne I've traveled extensively through India and Thailand and I found that the best mosquito repellents were the ones that were lemongrass and eucalyptus based. The natural alternatives smell a thousand times better than DEET and work just as well in my opinion.

Bobby Bailey says …

Hi, I enjoyed the podcast! I am always ready to learn something new especially if it's natural. When I was growing up and got a bee sting, my parents would put a past of baking soda and water on it and it always felt better soon after! I am glad to hear the hints about mosquito bite relief and prevention that does not require using products with strong cemicals! Thanks for the great, informative podcast!

mom2gabnnat says …

My daughter recently had a bout of lice and we've used peppermint oil shampoo to kill them and a tea tree/olive oil/shampoo mixture to repel them. Aloe for burns is also a must have.

Anulla says …

Interesting podcast. My favorite natural rememdy, believe it or not, is plain old mud. Yep, mud. You can get almost total relief from a hornet, wasp, or bee sting by slapping some mud directly on the sting. It relieves the pain, swelling and redness. And, as I learned while tramping through a Scottish field and stepping in the wrong place, mud works on stinging nettles, too.

Fangirl says …

I know it's a popular one, but I have to agree that Aloe is wonderful. I once got sooooo incredibly sunburned that I was sick. A friend brought me some big juicy aloe leaves and they were the only thing that eased my pain. I am convinced it is the best solution for sunburn.

Michelle North of the 49 says …

My mom always kept an aloe vera plant in her bedroom. Anytime we had a burn or cut, she would break a piece off and squirt the juice on the wound. I really liked the piece they did on bug bites. I am allergic to bug repellents and also to the mosquito bites themselves. (When bitten by mosquitoes, our family swells up much worse than most people, to the point that the skin will crack open and ooze.) For this reason, I am very interested in natural repellents to ward off bugs. Thanks for sharing this. michelle

Michelle says …

Hey let me know about that fish oil too, I have a horrific burn at the moment. Not sure my co-workers will enjoy the smell :)

Heather says …

I really enjoyed the link Winnie posted above, it has this info in a print format! For those that missed it in the roll: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/wholebody/begood/index.html

mod*mom says …

my husband has a terrible allergic reaction to sunblock right now. I gave him some fleurasone cream from whole foods instead of cortizone. what else can he use? he has large itchy swollen bumps that are lighter than the rest of his skin. the itching is intense + he can't sleep

mod*mom says …

i meant cortisone

Rory says …

Mud mud mud! If you can find it indeed it works wonders. I believe the history of the facial "mark" stems from the natural qualities of mud and clay.

Deborah Stinson says …

vitamin e for cuts and to prevent scarring. you have to put it on more than once for it to work but I fell off my bike once and put it on my bruised and scraped knee for about a week and it healed better than it would have from first aid cream. it helps heal many things

Renee says …

baking soda for bug bites! I learned this trick in Girl Scouts as a kid. I still remember the tiny bag of baking soda in my bandaid box first aid kit! our kits had bandaids, a few gause pads, some first aid tape, the baking soda & a quarter(because back then, that's how much it costs to call for help - before 911!)

Cataroo says …

I keep a large aloe plant in my house for burns of all kinds!

weeblet says …

tamanu oil for burns and scars- try it!!

bebemiqui says …

I keep meaning to get an aloe vera plant...that was one of my mom's favorite tricks. I loved the feel of it on a burn.

Uniquely Yours says …

I don't know if this works or not, but my great grandfather always wanted to put chewing tobacco on everything like a bee sting. Whether it works or not I don't know.

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