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Natural Remedies for Summertime Woes

Updated on May 14, 2010

Oh, those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer...Here are a few hints on year-round remedies than can offer some relief to the little things in life that can diminish your summer fun.

Diarrhea - Eating a banana can soon provide you with diarrhea relief by firming up the stool. Yes, we have no bananas today...a bowl of blackberries or three to four tablespoons of blackberry juice will also do the trick.

Earaches - To soothe and eliminate earache overnight, slightly warm up a bit of vegetable oil, apply two to three drops with eye dropper, and insert a bit of cotton. Caution: if you have a perforated ear drum, please seek professional medical help and do not use this remedy. To ease the ache until you receive medical help, just apply a form of heat externally, i.e. hot water bottle or hot washcloth.

Hay-fever - One teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar in a glass of warm water will reduce or even prevent symptoms like watery eyes, itchy throat, and sneezing. A word to the wise, use it on a daily basis to help prevent and/or reduce hay-fever symptoms. Want to build an immunity to hay-fever? Three tablespoons of local honey per day for 365 days will provide you with relief and help build an immunity. A tablespoon a day after that will keep hay-fever away for good.

Insect bites, stings- Apply aloe vera plant gel for fast relief. A paste of baking soda will soon take the sting out of insect bites. An application of mud to a bee sting or other type of sting will soon put an end to burning sensation and soreness. The juice of a rhubarb stalk or an onion as well as warm olive oil are three other home remedies that can soothe insect bites and stings.

Sunburn - A half cup of baking soda added to your bathwater can soon ease and provide relief. Cold running water can also reduce sunburn pain and heat.

Upset stomach, cramps and nausea - Add four thin slices of fresh ginger to one cup of hot water, sweeten with honey, and you have one great remedy for season tummy problems. No fresh ginger on hand -- some of your other kitchen spices such as Allspice, Basil, Caraway Seed, Cilantro, ground Cumin Seed, Dill, or ground Fennel Seed can be made into a tea and give you some relief. All it takes is half-teaspoon of the spice of your choice, add to one cup of boiling water, steep, sweeten with honey, and drink.

Have a great summer everyone...

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