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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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fluggy says …

Awesome podcast! Love the tips! The natural remedy I've always used is a baking soda and water paste to use on bee stings.

Naomi says …

The St Johns Wort and lavender are pretty amazing!

kamewh says …

Baking soda for bug bites

Shelly says …

For some reason I don't think about natural remedies usually, so the podcast was great - especially taking a large dosage of a B complex supplement to help with mosquitoes

Dawn says …

I use tea tree oil for everything from bug bites to acne blemishes. I love it!

peg says …

White vinager works great for taking the stinging out of sun burns and bee stings. Pour on a paper towel and hold on infected areas. Works great

Annie says …

You know, my grandmother always had a beautiful healthy aloe plant in her place; and I followed that tradition. I truly believe that aloe is one of nature's greatest healers. Great podcast btw!

Ghost says …

aloe vera plant stems work for burns

Swisher Sweetie says …

Just as they mentioned, Lavender does a lot of things for your skin. It is one of the few essential oils that can be used undiluted directly onto your skin. The fragrance is awesome. It is my favorite!

janet faye says …

My favorite natural remedy is applying honey to a bruise to get rid of the discoloration.

jodene says …

also, Vitamin E to prevent scarring, I swear it does help.

terri says …

We keep a bar of soap at the foot of the bed, under the sheets... it prevents leg cramps. Thanks.

Jacob says …

Drink water and breathe deeply. It will pass

Trish says …

tobacco for bee stings

belinda says …

Hot peppers are wonderful pain killers.

toystory says …

Put a slice of raw bacon in an old nylon stocking and tie it around your neck for a sore throat. Ok it smells -- but it works.

Ginny says …

Aloe is the best for burns!

trishden says …

Ammonia for mosquito bites. Don't know how natural that is, but it is a home remedy that works. Put it on the bite, before you scratch it and it will take the itch out of it.

cl says …

Tea tree oil really does work for cuts.

Elena says …

We use vitamin E oil to soothe chapped lips/noses when the kids have a cold.

sillelin says …

wet the tip of a match and rub it on a bug bite - it takes the itch away.

Patricia says …

My husband uses Tea Tree oil for dandruff. I used to use it when I had dreads and it worked perfect!!

Meredith says …

I also moisturize abrasians after cleansing with almond oil to prevent friction and to seal and then covering with a cotton bandage if necessary.

Kari says …

We use baking soda paste on itchies,

noey says …

aloe is great for lots of things especially burns, love it.

miriama says …

Great podcast! I use ginger tea for upset stomachs

msrodeo says …

my favorite is aloe... I always use it for sunburns

Courtney says …

My son and myself are very pale skinned and always get sunburned despite using sunscreen. Peppermint to help will be something new to try.

Elaine R says …

Heard good advice to help prevent bug bites.I did not know that you could change the taste of your skin by taking B Complex vitamins and by eating onions and garlic-makes you less tasty for the bugs!

Spicey says …

Aloe seems to have more healing properties than anything out there

Maja says …

Did you also know, home made plum jam helps burns?

Ana says …

Great podcast! I apply plain yoghurt for sunburns.

Angel says …

This works too, put a wet red tip of a matchstick or a cold wet rock on a bee sting

LIFE IS FUNNY says …

The best natural cure-all is jumping into the shower completely naked. This treats: heat exhaustion, fatigue, scrapes, aches, croup, dandruff, eczema, insomnia, wrinkles, dry skin, oily skin, dual-skin. Jumping into the shower clothed doesn't quite cover the same benefits but adds washing your clothes to the list.

Jenny says …

I have a homeopathic kid's kit from whole foods, it always has something to help what ails 'em.

Geo says …

the only natural remedy is time

Rachel Fox says …

My fave natural remedy is gargling salt water to help your sore throat. It's helped me plenty of times over the years and will continue to act as a quick resolve for me!

Maureen says …

When I was a young girl visiting a farm I was stung by a bee. Grandma took a hair pin from her hair and put ear wax on the site where I was stung. I didn't think much about it then as it felt better when she did that but as an adult now I wonder if she ever cleaned her ears. Yuk.

CLC says …

Aloe vera for burns

Julia Marie says …

I have also heard soaking your feet in tea will make them not sweat as much. I haven't tried it though...

jjampm says …

Love the natural remedies! My favorite remedy of all time is powdered ginger mixed with warm water until it tastes very strong, but not burny and too strong, give about a teaspoonful to a colicky newborn wait 20 minutes and either repeat or cuddle up with your now comfortable and content baby and get in a little nap. This worked so well it was amazing! Went from heartbeaking inconsolable crying and wiggling to calm and comfy in 10 minutes!!!

malley says …

WOW peppermint. I never heard of that on but Aloe is a must have. I use it as a mosturizer and anything with skin (skinburns,cuts scrapes). It works great

Kimberly says …

Great, informative Pod Cast. I would have never known that with just a few drops of St Warts Extract or even Lavender oil and also Avocado oil are good for sunburns. When I was real young - My grandmother used Mayo to relieve sunburn. I can remember going to the beach and afterwards she would smear that mayo on the sunburn.

abeaudet says …

I always used egg white for burns, but aloe vera works, too.

Daryl Hodge says …

Lemongrass spray as a bug repellant.

retc says …

Aloe vera is an amazing plant. I once burned my hand on the coil in an electric oven. I kept it moist with pure aloe vera and within a week the mark was completely gone.

sunny says …

My favorite home remedy is aloe and tea tree oil for acne

LeeAnn P says …

Emu oil for scars and any other skin problems is awesome.

Colengal says …

Baking soda for cleaning everything from your teeth to the sink. Cannot live without it

Shannon says …

we have an aloe vera plant that we have used and I remember my mom putting mud on our skin when we touched stinging nettle! it worked! Shannon shannonw8@mac.com www.thew8clan.blogspot.com

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