Summer Wellness with Nature's Help
Summer is here! The hot sunny weather, the smell of barbecue, kids playing outdoor, and the water sports. In addition to creating a fun-filled summer calendar, are you also prepared for the after activity care? Here, we put together a health kit bundled with some tips to get us ready.
Water - Hydration is very important in the summer. Keep bottles of water in the kit. Make sure you and your family drink plenty of water to replenish the water loss through sweating.
Lavender essential oil - Lavender is probably one of the most commonly known essential oil. Many believe that every home should have a bottle of lavender oil because of its versatile nature. Lavender is very effective in healing skin problems, including burns, rashes, bug bites, and wounds and relieving pain. You can apply lavender oil on your skin neat (without diluting it with another carrier oil). It also helps to prevent scarring. Bring it with you when you go hiking or outdoor activities. To learn more about lavender essential oil, click here.
Tea tree essential oil - Tea Tree oil has a very distinctive medicinal aroma. It is one of the best oil to combat bacterial, fungal and viral infections. It is a great immune stimulant. If you feel like you are coming down with something, gargle with a drop of tea tree oil mixed with water. It can also be applied neat (without dilution) on minor cut wounds, burns, insect bites. To learn more about tea tree essential oil, click here.
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) essential oil
There are many species of eucalyptus essential oil. Eucalyptus globulus, in particular, is known for its benefits to our respiratory system. It is effective against a range of bacterial respiratory pathogens. Diffuse eucalyptus globulus to relieve headaches associated with sinus congestion. To learn more about eucalyptus globulus essential oil, click here.
The cooling effect of peppermint contracts and tightens the tissues. Use it to make your own cooling mist or roller with a carrier oil. It is also a good digestive, and it is commonly used for counteracting nausea. To get more ideas on using peppermint essential oil, click here.
These items will protect you and heal you without any added synthetic chemicals. Keep these items handy, and enjoy a great summer!
Chamomile and Goji Berry Infusion
Need a summer evening tea to cool off and wind down? Try these two herbal combinations! For those who have heatstroke symptoms, this tea is a must-try. Brew a cup of chamomile with a few goji berries and drink it in room temperature (not hot or cold) will quickly relieve internal heat and lower your racing heart rate.
Blackberry Leaf and Ginger Infusion
It is common for stomach flu to surface during the summertime. Blackberry leaf and ginger tea is perfect for the rescue. Blackberry leaf reduces inflammation and dries dampness while ginger soothes and warms your digestive tract, which is the reason why they are herbalists' first choice for relieving diarrhea and upset stomach.
Goldenseal Powder and Green Clay
Combining goldenseal powder and green clay with a little bit of witch hazel will give you a powerful topical ointment to treat cuts, wounds, reaction to poisonous plants, and bug bites. Keep some in your backpack while hiking will give you peace of mind!
Goldenseal has a cooling effect and it also has anti-inflammation property. Adding green clay and witch hazel as an astringent will help draw any toxins out of the skin as well as reducing swelling.
From a Traditional Chinese Medicine practice standpoint, Spring and Summer are the two seasons that one would focus on cultivating the Yang Qi. Best to avoid ingesting too much cold or icy drinks. Extreme cold food or drinks will have an adverse effect on the Qi flow that could impact organs that are already showing signs of deficiencies. Raw, cold food and cold drinks could also cause poor digestion. Here are some good food items you may consider adding to your diet during summer that would be nourishing to your spleens. They also have a diuretic property which prevents heat-swelling and dissolves internal excess dampness:
Pressure points massages - It is common for people to experience heatstrokes in hot weather, especially for the elderly, children, and people with pre-existing conditions. Here are a few simple massages you can perform on yourself or your loved ones when experiencing a heatstroke or exhaustion due to excess heat exposure.
Hundred Convergences：DU20 百會穴 (on top of your head)
Renzhong：Du26人中穴 － Middle of the Person
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