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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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Sunnyvale says …

I always have aloe vera on hand

Vicki says …

Wet a mosquito bite slightly then add a small amount of salt. It won't itch anymore!

Judy says …

Last summer my husband was sting by a wrasp. I took baking soda and water, made a paste, put this on his sting, it pain was gone just in a few seconds, it really amazed him that this worked. Thank you

mogrill says …

We have an Aloe Vera plant and we use it for burns!

pintolinda says …

My favorite natural remedy is baking soda paste on a bug bite

mel says …

Baking soda, because it's good for pretty much everything, and Aloe is another of my fave. Let's say if I was on a deserted island, these are the two things that I would like to have with me.

buckbuster says …

Aloe Vera!

Deborah says …

Great podcast - I wish I'd known about the arnica two weeks ago! It was nice getting confirmation that eating onion and garlic helps keep the mosquitos away.

denyse says …

Vinager for toe fungus!

shannons says …

Aloe Vera is still a great-all round after sun soother.

Cyndi says …

I always keep Bach Flower Remedy -Rescue Remedy on hand

Frank says …

Vinegar works for almost anything. Actually a great vacation and you forget everthing else.

littlelatina says …

aloe for boo boos and honey and salt for sore throats

Patty says …

Great podcast! Aloe Vera plant is my favorite to heal burns and cuts

VBoakle says …

i learned so much! aloe plant for burns.

dcala says …

Love the tip about eating garlic and onions to keep away the biting bugs

llsdogmom says …

We always had aloe vera plants around when I was growing up for burns of any kind, but I have never heard of pepermint for sunburn! I will have to try that.

Sydney says …

I always have aloe vera, arnica cream and tea tree oil around for a variety of first aid. We have a homeopathy kit that has also been helpful. I am always learning:-)

Megan B says …

Great podcast! I believe honey can solve just about any problem. When I feel a cold developing, I use make tea (from tea leaves, not the packaged stuff), mix in the juice of half a lemon, and a big dollop of honey. It cures it almost immediately. I also take it for sore throats and it helps so much. Thanks! lovelyluckymegs@yahoo.com

mar says …

My favorite natural remedy is using a salt gargle for sinus problems

forhisglory says …

We keep Aloe plants for burns. If you don't have expensive Kerlix wrap in an emergency, Saran wrap (or generic kind) is the perfect covering for a burn after it is cooled completely.

Dumaurier says …

My Mom would always put apple cider vinegar on our sunburns to take the sting away

chromiumman says …

i own an aloe vera plant but i don't use it like i should.

kygirl says …

I use aloe vera for burns.

Lynda says …

Ginger for nausea.

Milton says …

Vinegar -- for just about everything

MVerno says …

aloe for burns

Lina says …

Aloe Vera is the best tip

Gordon says …

aloe is great for burns,sunburns,cuts,etc.

cathy says …

i was stung by a wasp this summer and my favorite, baking soda helped me.

Carly says …

Great podcast! Every first aide kit needs Tea tree oil and withc hazel. Both clean and soothe cuts.

ezmerelda says …

Aloe works on almost everything. But when I was a kid, I got in a wasp nest and my dad's chewing tobacco was the only thing that made it better.

misty says …

Never heard of peppermint on sunburns. I have tried the aloe vera on sunburns. My grandma used to put vinegar on sunburns. She also used to blow smoke in my ear if OI had an ear ache. lol.

psipsina says …

I love rescue remedy :)

renfam5 says …

My mom is a nurse and she said that a doctor once told her that about 80 percent of headaches can be solved by drinking a large glass of water!

sheila says …

My daughter suffered three months from an ongoing bronchial infection that antibiotics wouldn't touch. We were at at whits end, and were afraid at times we would lose her. Then a friend, who is well-versed in herbs and herbal therapy, noticed that horehound and elderberries were growing on the property where we lived. She recommended a tea of horehound leaves three times a day, and also another tea of elderberry flowers. In 24 hours my daughter made great improvement. In three days she was completely well. I am a strong believer in herbal remedies because my grandmother used them, and healed a nasty infection on my ankle when Western medicine could not help me.

jeani says …

I take a large dosage of a B complex supplement and don't have much trouble with mosquitoes. Also, a hand held yard sprayer filled with a mix of water and garlic does help keep mosquitoes at bay. I always keep Aloe Vera gel in the house and have a plant also. Finally, Bragg Raw - Unfiltered Organic Apple Cider Vinegar has multiple uses. 3 tsp a day in a glass of water before meals helps with fat cells as well as digestion issues among other things.

Donna says …

Hi! I don't know what it's made of, but I use Absorbine Jr. on mosquito bites. . takes the itch right out.

Mya says …

Chocolate. It's my cure-all for anything that ails me...lol iluv2pray@gmail.com

Janet says …

Baking soda & vinegar for bug bites

guysrose says …

I also use aloe for burns; always have an aloe plant growing in my window. Another good remedy for burns is to use pure vanilla extract - it takes the sting out immediately. guysrose at aol dot com

alizarins says …

I'm SO going to try the B complex to keep the mosquito away. We hike with our kids most weekends and I'm usually covered in bites. Hope it works.

Roxy says …

Natural Salon sounds great too! my favorite natural remedy is aloe for all those sunburns!

Greywolf says …

The spice turmeric is an excellent natural antibiotic and can get rid of a staph infection pretty quickly.

Megan says …

We use meleluca oil for all skin problems. It is miraculous!

novaceleste says …

I loved the podcast, very helpful. I am going to try the peppermint remedy. I have an aloe vera plant, I think to works great on burns.

jewel says …

I saw someone else say they also use Melaluca . It is absoultey the best. Better than aloe. It works on burns cuts and the toothpaste will REVERSE periodontal disease. Tastes a bit starnge but works wonders !

Carol says …

When I got stung by wasps my grandfather used chewing tobacco on my sting, It worked! For a bee sting he put a piece of bacon on the stinger and it drew out the stinger, Also we used plain white vinegar for sunburn, and if you could stand the smell it would soothe the burn.

anonymous says …

have always been interested in using natural remedies.favorite of course is baking powder paste for bites

Khristal says …

I like putting Aloe on sunburns from an Aloe plant.

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