With the kids about to be out for the Summer months, I’m already thinking ahead and planning for all of the upcoming burns/scrapes/bites/etc… that I’ll be dealing with in advance. After nine years of parenting and crunchy/healthy living, I’ve figured out some staple natural remedies that I always have prepared for the chaos that will ensue.
I have 11 different Summertime natural remedies that I use for everything from swimmer’s ear, to sunburns, to spider bites, to natural sunscreen, and even dehydration. But in this article I’m going to share my 4 favorites.
The kids and I made a video that shows you how we make our remedies. Watch the video below.
1. Swimmer’s Ear
Swimmer’s ear is no joke. If you can’t get that water out, it can lead to a possible emergency room visit!
For example, many years ago I had a fellow Mom complain to me how she was always having to take her son into the emergency room for ear infections over the Summer thanks to water getting caught in his ear canal after going swimming.
I recommended that she do the following:
- Take a cotton ball, and add just enough rubbing alcohol to it so that it will drip a little. Alternatively, you could use a dropper.
- Drop 2-4 drops of the rubbing alcohol into the ear.
- Once the rubbing alcohol reaches inside enough so that the person feels and hears a noise, turn the head over and let the alcohol drop out of the ear.
- The water that is caught in the ear will come out.
By using this method, she no longer had to make those trips to urgent care due to her son developing that ear infection. Now if you have already developed an ear infection, this method may not work and you’ll probably need to try alternative remedies or take a trip to the doctor.
I have used this remedy consistently for not only my kids but also for myself, and it pulls out the water every time.
2. Mosquito/Bug Repellent
Critters will drive anyone batty over the Summer, especially if you live in a place like I do. I swear I have mutant mosquitos here! They are enormous, travel in packs, and viciously attack anyone that steps one foot out the door.
I have about four different recipes that I alternate and use throughout the Summer, but I’ll share my one favorite here with you all today. This recipe calls for essential oils, and smells like bliss.
- 10-12 drops Lemongrass essential oil
- 10-12 drops Tea Tree oil
- 5-6 drops Lavender essential oil
- 10-12 drops Citronella essential oil (optional)
- In a bottle (size 6-8 fl oz), fill a quarter of the way with vodka.
- Then fill the rest of the way with water while leaving a little space so you that can add the essential oils.
- Add in your oils.
- Put the top on and then shake.
- Spray and rebel the bugs like a boss.
- Ideally this should be stored in a glass or metal spray bottle.
If you’d like my other 3 bug repellant recipes, you can download and print them in this free PDF here.
3. Razor Burn
Ladies, you know it’s going to happen. Bring on those bikini bodies!! But what happens when you end up with razor burn all over your legs or *gasp* in your bikini area? Here’s what I use, and it’s fantastic:
- 1/4 cup of carrier oil (coconut oil or grapeseed oil)
- 15 drops of Tea Tree essential oil
- 10 drops of Lavender essential oil
Combine all ingredients, and massage gently into the irritated skin. Store any extra in a dark glass or metal container.
4. Poison Ivy/Poison Oak
Any number of these oils soothe poison ivy: Rose, Lavender, Joy, Harmony, Melrose, and Roman Chamomile. But I really enjoy the smell of this recipe, and it helps pretty quickly.
- 1 TB carrier oil (coconut oil)
- 1 drop Joy or Melrose essential oil
- 1 drop Lavender essential oil
- Add coconut oil to your palm
- Add in 1 drop of Joy and 1 drop of Lavender
- Apply topically to the affected area.
- Repeat 3-4 times daily.
So that’s it! Those are four crucial natural remedies that I use throughout the Summer, and they’ve seen me through many hard times.
- I’ve included these remedies and more in a free PDF printable of 11 natural remedies to see you through the Summer months.
- It includes everything from sunburn, to heat exhaustion, to sunscreen, to achy swollen feet, and more.
- I even included my Pina Colada Rehydration Smoothie recipe (non-alcoholic), and sunscreen recipe, and my 3 other recipes for bug repellent.
But, now I’d like to know…
What are some of your favorite natural remedies for dealing with the various issues we face during the Summer months? Please leave your ideas/remedies in the comments below. Your voice matters, because you never know if another commenter might be looking for that specific tip that only you have to offer.
Enjoy, and be safe out there this Summer, my friends!