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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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Paula says …

Thanks for the tips. I'm going to try the diluted Lavender essential oil to help promote healing.

Judy says …

I never heard of peppermint for sunburn. I am going to have to give it a try.

Judy says …

We keep an aloe plant going for minor skin burns even sun burns. Learning about peppermint and its value was great.

Debbie says …

Tape a penny to a bee sting. No swelling, no sting.

Malteny says …

Very interesting... I will try lavender oil along with aloe vera for sunburns. I've used aloe vera for a while but have never added lavender oil.

Melanie says …

The B vitamin was news to me. I didn't know it was possible to change the way we "taste" to bugs. Thanks!

Alyson & Ford says …

Thank you for the information, I had not thought of most of these remedies. Peppermint oil and lavender oil will be added to my list along with aloe gel. Not sure about using witch hazel; will need to get more info on that. Thanks again!

says …

Hi folks, so great to see all of these natural remedies for summertime issues. I had to jump in because I have two kids and they are always getting scrapes, stings, rashes - and the calendula ointment works like a charm in my house...we call it the "magic cream". Stay tuned for next month, we are talking natural salon and I got to go to NYC to get tips from John Masters about what natural ingredients to look for in your hair care. Mara

Tammy says …

A spoonful of peanut butter to stop the hiccups -- of course it only works for those without peanut allergies :)

abby says …

While in Bermuda, I suffered a very painful, "surprise" sunburn. I was given an Aloe leaf by a hotel employee. It was miraculous. Nature always seems to "know best"

Louise says …

A few sprigs of mint from my herb garden makes the garbage disposal smell sweet

deedlewee says …

Kava Kava to relax.

Jessica says …

I love using a pureed cucumber to soothe sunburn, it works instantly! I've also found that a piece of raw onion takes the sting/itch out of bug bites, the enzymes help to break down the compounds that cause itching and pain.

Kathy says …

Aloe is my favorite for sunburns.

To Think is to Create says …

We use homeopathic remedies all the time, but one of my favorite natural remedies is papaya enzymes. For tummy aches, indigestion, etc. Always works

dawns41 says …

I really liked the B complex advice regarding bug bites. I know this works! Also aloe vera is great for burns.

Becky says …

Great podcast! Need to try the peppermint for sunburns - smells better than vinegar!

yy says …

my favorite natural remedy is aloe, thanks!

Erica G says …

Baking soda paste for stings.

Ashley says …

I am a big fan of irrigating my nasal passages with a mixture of warm water, kosher salt, and baking soda during cold and allergy season.

bemi says …

aloe for sunburn

Tabby says …

A little bit of lavender oil on the temples really helps when I have a tension headache.

Molly C. says …

I keep a steady supply of vitamin E tablets for itchy skin. I liked the podcast. I'm always looking for new ways to get rid of mosquitoes.

McapeMom says …

Great podcast!

BB says …

Gargle with salt water for sore throats.

Reba says …

aloe vera plant juice on burns.

Kana says …

Aloe, mom would always run to the backyard and break off a piece whenever I burned myself in the kitchen.

Brenda says …

People use tea tree oil for the following conditions: Acne, Athlete's foot, Dandruff, Vaginitis, Thrush, Periodontal disease, As an antiseptic, Boils, Licen, Eczema, Psoriasis, and Yeast infection. Be sure to research and read precautions before using it. Happy 4th of July everyone! Thanks for such a useful podcast!

Meme says …

I make drawing salve from sugar and water paste. Drawing salve can be used to treat a variety of skin inflammations.

sharon says …

this oodcast is great, favorite home remedy is aloe vera, helps healing

Gigi says …

Chamomile tea for an upset stomach.

grace says …

Banana Skin peels(the inside) on skin abrasions

Donna says …

Vitamin c to fight a cold.

Sarah Z. says …

Always have aloe vera gel around for sunburns! Love the idea of eating garlic to keep bugs away!

Liza says …

Baking soda paste on insect bites and stings.

Stacie says …

I always use a honey, cayenne pepper, and lemon juice 'tea' for sore throats. My children even know which ingredients to pull out of the cabinet when they feel "icky". Thanks for the podcast!

Zip says …

We use a baking soda paste for burns and stings ands I always have ginger in the house for the upset stomaches (as well as for car sickness).

Cathy says …

We use our aloe plants for burns and they work better than store-bought gels.

klp says …

i have an aloe vera plant that we rub on minor burns :)

Daniell says …

Using a fresh aloe vera plant for sun burns

annette says …

aloe vera,,,,heck in a pinch the real plant will do!

carissa says …

I love Aloe vera for burns. Thanks!

kristel h says …

Aloe Vera!

purango says …

plain yogurt works wonders for sunburn.

Darcy says …

Lots of great ideas. Apple cider vinegar has a lot of healing properties in it. We also use the baking soda paste for burns. Thanks for the nice

Jennifer O says …

My favorite natural remedy is fresh pineapple for a sour throat. That one has helped me so many times in the past.

Rachel C says …

Aloe for sun burns is the best! The first time we ever used the actual plant, we were in Jamaica, and my husband had gotten really burned. One of the staff noticed, and brought a fresh peice (Is it called a leaf? it's so thick, I don't know if it's a leaf!) of aloe for him! I had kind of forgotten about how great it was, but now I am feeling quite inspired to try to grown some of my own! I've also always used baking soda on bug bites, since I was little. I drove my mom nuts getting it all over the kitchen :) Thanks!

Noggy says …

Great podcast! I like: Aloe for cuts and burns Peppermint tea for tummy aches Ginger for nausea Baking Soda paste for bug bites Oregano Tea for asthma...tastes awful but it works. Garlic keeps the bugs away as does Vitamin B Lemon/Honey for sore throats

Nola Mommy says …

Pepermint for sunburns what a great idea.

Jo says …

Baking soda mixed with water makes a paste. When applied to bee sting makes stinger come out and pain go away

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