Hi my people! I'm just back from New Zealand and have been bathed in a sea of green plants and an ocean of blue waters. So lovely. I read a TON about the effects of nature on our human bodies while I was there, and I wanted to leave a sweet little study here for you to read. Tell me you're not going to go get a houseplant after that (at minimum) or at least make a pledge to get yourself in nature once a week (twice? three times?).
Well, sort of. We aren't having the "summeriest" weather here in the Pacific NW yet, but soon. Soon! School's out and the traveling has begun as well as the nights spent outdoors longer and the minor scrapes, bites, and booboos.
For a post on Travel tips, check out this one from last summer.
For tips on dealing with unpleasant digestive issues while traveling, go here.
For kid-friendly recipes to help with stings, bites, bumps, and bruises, see this post.
And lastly, a few last words on travel tips, where you'll find info about miscellaneous obstacles to having a great time, like jet lag and motion sickness.
HAVE A HEALTHY HAPPY SUMMER EVERYONE!
Whether you're camping, heading to the beach, or staying close to home this summer, you'll want to know about these natural remedies for kids (and adults too!). Sunburn:
1. Mix 1 drop of lavendar essential oil per tablespoon of aloe vera gel and apply to burned areas.
2. For a full-body burn, combine 2 cups of baking soda with 10 drops of lavendar essential oil in a tepid/cool bath and soak for 20 minutes. Apply a soothing hypoallergenic body lotion to skin afterwards to seal in moisture.
Bug Bites: 1. Prevent bug bites with a homemade bug spritzer: • 2 drops each: Essential Oils of Wintergreen, Citronella, Cedarwood, Peppermint, and Lemongrass. • Mix with ½ cup distilled water and ¼ cup almond oil (or other yummy oil) and put in a spritzer bottle. 2. If stung, remove stinger with credit card or fingernail and apply ice quickly to prevent swelling and spread of toxins. If wheezing or dramatic swelling occurs, call 911 immediately. 3. Apply lavendar essential oil topically (undiluted, 1 drop) 4. If itching occurs, combine ¼ cup of witch hazel extract with 20 drops of peppermint essential oil and 20 drops of lavendar essential oil and apply as needed with a cotton ball.
Cuts/Bruises: 1. If the injured area is bruised, apply arnica gel or cream there 2-3 x’s day until the bruised sensation is getting better. Can also do homeopathic arnica acutely. 2. If the injured area is bleeding/open, clean the area thoroughly with soap and water. Apply calendula salve 2x’s/day until a scab forms, then you can apply comfrey salve and arnica gel to continue the healing process. Never apply arnica or comfrey to an open wound.