Summertime is supposed to be about relaxing on the beach, taking in the sunshine, and spending some time with friends and family.
But you can’t do any of that fun stuff when you’re sick. Sadly, there are a variety of different ailments that can ruin your plans in no time. That’s why we’ve created this list of common illnesses, how to prevent them before they happen, and how to cure them naturally if they do.
7 Summer Health and Wellness Tips
Everyone knows the quickest way to go from pure relaxation to pure pain is to stay out in the sun too long without protection. And the pain isn’t even the worst part. You also put yourself at greater risk of developing skin cancer and age your skin.
That’s why using sunblock is a necessity. You should wear it every time you go out and reapply it every couple hours, especially if you’ve just been swimming. To avoid the harmful chemicals in some commercial brands, you can use this coconut oil sunblock recipe.
If you do happen to get caught out in the sunshine without protection, there are a variety of things you can use to help heal a burn. Aloe Vera, lavender oil, and cooled chamomile tea are all known to be effective at helping to soothe and heal a burn. A cold shower can also help.
2. Swimmer’s Ear
Ear infections can be quite painful and can keep you out of the pool. They are usually caused by a little bit of water getting trapped into your ear after swimming. That water creates the perfect environment for bacteria to grow and you’re soon infected.
The best way to avoid swimmer’s ear is to avoid immersing your head entirely in the water, or if you do, not going too deep. You can also try wearing earplugs and not using Q-tips or cotton swabs to clean your ears, which can make them vulnerable.
If you do end up with an infection both garlic oil and Mullein oil can help heal it faster.
3. Motion Sickness
On a long, hot car ride up to the cottage it’s easy to start feeling nauseous.
But it doesn’t have to ruin the scenery. The best way to prevent feeling ill is to use ginger. You can put in your water or simply chew on a piece.
If you do often get motion sickness, you should avoid sitting in the backseat, drink plenty of water, and eat a snack with some protein in it. If worst comes to worst, make sure to at least ask whoever is driving to pull over.
4. Heat Rash
In the hottest, most humid days of summer, heat rash can be a very real concern. If you sweat enough, your sweat glands can actually get blocked, and the excess moisture can cause skin irritation, itching, and redness.
The best way to prevent this from happening is by staying cool. Drink plenty of cool water, wear light clothing that breathes, and try to avoid staying in the sun for too long.
If you did come down with a heat rash, you can use cooled chamomile tea for a cooling effect, or have a bath with a few drops of lavender oil and baking soda.
Between the heat and the bright sunlight, people often get bad headaches more often during the summer. This can be caused by dehydration or by forgetting to eat. Heat has been known to slow down the hunger reflex.
The best way to prevent these headaches is by eating and drinking regularly. If you do get a headache though, adding some feverfew, peppermint, or chamomile to your water can all help relieve the pain. Stretching and taking some deep breaths can also help.
6. Summer Cold
Though we often think of the cold as something we can only catch when it’s cold outside, you can in fact pick up the virus at any time of the year. Travelling, in particular, can both stress your immune system and expose you to new viruses.
The best way to prevent yourself from catching a summer cold is to eat a diet full of immune system boosting vegetables, such as garlic, onion, mushrooms, and greens.
7. Athlete’s Foot
The added heat and humidity during the summer creates the perfect environment for athlete’s foot to grow. The fungus thrives in dark, moist conditions.
As a result, you should try to keep your feet as dry as possible and wash them every day. Try wearing open shoes if you can. Washing your feet in a bath of Epsom salts or apple cider vinegar can also help to kill the fungus.
Put these health and wellness tips to use this summer to enjoy the warmer weather without worrying about getting sick.