If you are tired of going off to your doctor time and again and either being prescribed medication which is of little use to your symptoms, or more frequently these days, being sent away without any at all, never fear.
Here are some of the most effective remedies for all those niggling little ailments which can often ruin the Summer for sufferers.
For rashes and itchy skin, try bathing in an infusion of camomile. A couple of camomile tea bags added to your bath water can ease symptoms considerably.
Another remedy is a cupful of cider vinegar. Don’t use soap on the skin as it can often aggravate irritation.
It is believed that the healing properties of gel extracted from the aloe plant is excellent for sunburn.
Many hospitals use aloe for the treatment of burns, and apart from burning from the sun, it is an excellent treatment for minor scalds too.
Bites and stings
If you are bitten by any insects, before you treat, drop a few drops of Bach’s Rescue remedy under the tongue.
This will reduce shock in the first instance. If you have been stung and can extract the sting easily, do so.
Ease the discomfort of a bee sting by bathing in one pint of tepid water with 2 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda.
Wasp stings can be eased by soaking in diluted cider vinegar which is believed to reduce inflammation and clean the wound.
By using reflexology, you can ease the symptoms of bad headaches by massaging around the base and over the top of your big toes. Press quite firmly, but don’t be surprised if these areas are painful.
Afterwards, lie down and relax in a darkened room breathing deeply. A few drops of Lavender oil on a handkerchief or in an oil burner is also a good remedy for headache.
The herb Valerian is one of the best natural aids for settling down stressed out or over aroused sufferers. You can purchase Valerian tablets from any pharmacy and there are some which are specifically for night time use, for example Valerina Night-time.
For settling over excited children off to sleep, try mixing one drop of frankincense essential oil with some baby oil and massage into the feet and calves.
An important worry if you are travelling. Ginger is known to calm the digestive and nervous systems so choosing a travel sickness tablet containing ginger is good idea.
Also, a lump of fresh ginger root, which you can chew on should the need arise, can always be kept in the vehicle you are travelling in. Alternatively keep some ordinary ginger biscuits to hand.
The scourge of Summer for many sufferers, when fumes, pollen,dust and other allergens make life a misery for many.
Dampen down symptoms with the homeopathic remedy Pollinosan, available in tablet or tincture.
For a quick pick me up and to reduce puffy, irritated eyes place a dampened camomile tea bag on each eye and rest for 15 minutes.
Finally, did you know ....
Stress can be alleviated by massaging the feet with a mixture of unscented body lotion and a few drops of Lavender essential oil.
Vitamin C is excellent for boosting the body’s immune system.Chewable tablets, in addition to ordinary ones, are available for children too.
Juniper or Eucalyptus essential oils are excellent for alleviating the effects of Summer colds. For clearing thick heads add a few drops to a bowl of hot water and leave in the bedroom when you retire.
For puffy ankles brought on by water retention or being on your feet too long, try massaging the feet and ankles.
Cola supplies the body with essential fluids and boosts blood glucose. Therefore, for an emergency remedy for travel sickness or diarrhoea take a few slugs to help.
NB; When using or taking any remedy, read all the instructions as given on the packet. Do not exceed any recommended doses given. Have a super Summer!
Gail Miller is author of "WILD CHILD - A Mother,A Son & ADHD" The true story of a motherdriven to despair by her unruly son, and her fightwith the authorities for recognition & treatmentfor his condition. ISBN 1 872229 24 7 Patten Presshttp://home.freeuk.net/theadhdgazette/wild.htmlShe also publishes "The ADD / ADHD Gazette" theon - line ezine accenting the positive side of ADHD.http://www.onelist.com/subscribe.cgi/ADDGazette
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