Are you prepared for burning rays, pesky mosquitos, and other summertime perils? Here’s what you’ll need, whether you’re headed for a day at the beach or to a backyard barbecue.
WELEDACitrus Deodorant Spray You’ll love the citrusy scent of this refreshing, non-aerosol spray. It contains lemon peel oil that works to neutralize bacteria and eliminate odor without harmful aluminum salts.
ALAFFIABaobab & Shea Fair Trade Lip Balm Made with West African baobab oil and fair-trade shea butter, this hydrating lip balm is perfect for summer.
DERMA EAntioxidant Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 Body This sheer, antioxidant-enriched formula glides on evenly and absorbs quickly to provide broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection.
MILLCREEK BOTANICALSAloe Vera Cream Soothe sunburn and skin irritations with this cream for face and body, with 80% pure aloe, plus vitamins A, B, C, and E, and herbal extracts.
BADGERAnti-Bug Shake & Spray Don’t spray your skin with dangerous chemicals to fend off bugs. This eco-friendly, 100% natural insect repellent keeps the creepy critters away with a blend of citronella, rosemary, and wintergreen essential oils.
HERBS FOR THE ROAD
Travel in style this summer with these natural remedies
Going on vacation is something we usually look forward to, but travel can present its own challenges, and unfamiliar activities can leave you sore, achy, tired, or even sick. Luckily, there are some simple ways to treat most common travel-related complaints. A natural medicine chest filled with just a few herbs can help you enjoy the trip. —Vera Tweed
Ginger has been used for centuries to treat stomach problems in general, and in the past 25 years, science has documented its benefits for motion sickness specifically. One study tested the herb on 80 naval cadets who were unaccustomed to sailing the high seas. Compared to a dummy pill, 1 gram of ginger was effective in reducing nausea, cold sweats, vomiting, and dizziness. Ginger is available in pills, tinctures, teas, and chewable forms. Peppermint extract or tea is another traditional motion- sickness remedy.
Jet lag can be mitigated with energizing herbs if you need a little boost to stay awake, or calming herbs if you need to relax and get some sleep.
Feverfew, commonly used for migraines, contains the sleep-regulating hormone melatonin—in smaller quantities than those found in melatonin supplements—and is included in some herbal jet-lag formulas. Ginseng supports the adrenal glands, which in turn help to stimulate the natural production of melatonin at night and restore sleep patterns. Chamomile is a gentle, relaxing sedative that’s safe even for children. It enhances restful sleep and helps with digestion, which is often disrupted by odd schedules and strange foods when traveling.
Aches And Pains
Hiking, biking, climbing, or even long rides in the car can leave you sore. For joints, curcumin is a strong anti-inflammatory herb that works quickly to reduce pain, especially in a form that is designed to be quickly absorbed, such as Theracurmin, available in a variety of brands.
For sore muscles, arnica gel, rubbed on before intenseactivity such as a long bike ride, can prevent soreness. Afterward, arnica gel can relieve sorness and help muscles heal. Arnica gel is not designed to be used on broken skin.
Mishaps can occur during vacation activities—falling off a bike, tripping on a trail, or losing control of unfamiliar equipment such as a jet ski or dune buggy. If in doubt as to the severity of the injury, always get medical attention.
To treat minor injuries yourself, arnica can be taken internally as a homeopathic
remedy. It reduces swelling and bruising and decreases the effects of trauma, which helps the body heal. To speed recovery further, apply arnica gel on sore or bruised areas (but not on open wounds). To heal skin abrasions, use a calendula cream or ointment on the injured area.
Sunburn And Other Skin Irritation
Aloe vera gel is a tried and tested remedy for sunburn and other types of skin irritation, including itching from insect bites and rashes from poison ivy. Gently washing irritated skin with chamomile tea, brewed and then cooled, is another soothing treatment.