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Summertime First Aid Natural Remedies

Whether you’re planning an outdoor family adventure or sending the kids off to camp, staying safe with natural first aid remedies should be your number one priority.

It’s always a good idea to pack a standard first-aid kit for minor cuts and injuries. However, it’s good to know there are natural ways to treat some outdoor ailments and injuries.

Being prepared can help you make the best of an unexpected situation.

Here are some of the most common outdoor-related ailments and injuries, along with the best ways to prevent them and natural remedies that can help provide symptom relief.

Sunburn

Prevention: Wear a large-brimmed hat and light, long-sleeved clothing. Be sure to apply a mineral-based UVA/UVB sun lotion to any areas exposed to the sun.

Treatment: Apply aloe vera gel to soothe a sunburn and try taking a short soak in cold water to help stop the burning process.

Dehydration/Heat Illness

Prevention: It’s important to stay hydrated and well fueled. This helps your body regulate temperature properly.

Treatment: Dehydration can lead to electrolyte loss, so pack dried apples and raisins for potassium, along with water and either electrolyte powder or sports drinks that contain electrolytes.

Becoming dehydrated can also lead to heat illness, which is marked by higher-than-normal body temperature, rapid heart rate, dizziness and headache; get into shade, drink water and use ice packs to reduce your temperature.The information provided is not an endorsement of any product, and is intended for educational purposes only. NaturesPlus does not provide medical advice and does not offer diagnosis of any conditions. Current research on this topic is not conclusive and further research may be needed in order to prove the benefits described. The conditions and symptoms described may be indicative of serious health problems, and therefore should be brought to the attention of a qualified healthcare practitioner.

Signs of severe heat illness, or heatstroke, include dry, reddened skin along with confusion and slurred speech; this is a medical emergency—call 911.The information provided is not an endorsement of any product, and is intended for educational purposes only. NaturesPlus does not provide medical advice and does not offer diagnosis of any conditions. Current research on this topic is not conclusive and further research may be needed in order to prove the benefits described. The conditions and symptoms described may be indicative of serious health problems, and therefore should be brought to the attention of a qualified healthcare practitioner.

Sprains and Strains

Prevention: Make sure you and your kids are wearing good athletic shoes when hiking or engaging in other outdoor activities. Support footwear goes a long way in protecting from sprains and strains.

Treatment: Soak a sprained ankle or wrist in a cold stream or lake, or ice it for 10 minutes every two to four hours.

Insect Bites

Prevention: Wear lightweight, breathable clothing. If you’re in an area where Lyme disease is prevalent, tuck your pants into your socks to prevent tick bites. Be sure to use bug spray, preferably one with a natural base of essential oils such as citronella and lemongrass, to keep bugs away.

Treatment: Mix oatmeal and water to form a paste; apply to the bite for 10 minutes before washing it off. If the skin is broken, tea tree oil works as an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial agent. Just dilute it by adding one drop to some lotion or cooking oil.

Plant-Caused Rashes

Prevention: Wear light, long-sleeved clothing and tuck your pant legs into your socks.

Treatment: Aloe helps to soothe the itchiness. To help dry out the rash, try covering it with mud (it really works!) or a make a paste of one part baking soda to three parts water.

The information provided is not an endorsement of any product, and is intended for educational purposes only. NaturesPlus does not provide medical advice and does not offer diagnosis of any conditions. Current research on this topic is not conclusive and further research may be needed in order to prove the benefits described. The conditions and symptoms described may be indicative of serious health problems, and therefore should be brought to the attention of a qualified healthcare practitioner.The information provided is not an endorsement of any product, and is intended for educational purposes only. NaturesPlus does not provide medical advice and does not offer diagnosis of any conditions. Current research on this topic is not conclusive and further research may be needed in order to prove the benefits described.

The conditions and symptoms described may be indicative of serious health problems, and therefore should be brought to the attention of a qualified healthcare practitioner.

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