Health

Cool Aid

Don’t let summer ailments sideline you. Be prepared with a natural first-aid kit.
Cool Aid
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Summer bummer » sunburn
To the rescue » lavender essential oil

+ “Lavender is the best thing to apply right after a
sunburn,” says Margo Marrone, author of The Organic
Pharmacy
(Duncan Baird). “It contains linalool, a natural
antiseptic that helps keep burns infection-free; and esters,
which reduce pain and promote cell regeneration.”
How to use: Mix 10 drops of lavender essential oil with
pure aloe vera gel (or your favorite fragrance-free lotion)
and apply it to your skin as soon as you notice the burn.

Summer bummer » muscle strains
To the rescue » arnica

+ Arnica works for strains, sprains, bruises and superficial
scrapes. Most people use it topically, but you can get
faster results if you also ingest tablets, Zand explains.
How to use: Take three tablets orally three to five times a
day for the first 24 to 48 hours; apply topically throughout
the day. (Note: Never apply arnica to an open wound.)