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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Looking For Ways to Beat the Summer Heat??

Summertime is perfect for all sorts of outdoor activities: going to the pool, neighborhood parties & BBQ's, hiking, walks with the dogs and so much more! But with all this heat also comes the challenge of keeping you and your family from feeling the burn!  So I'm passing along some natural ways to keep you cool using quick an easy tricks indoors, outdoors, and after a day in the sun...here are some quick tips from our friends that like oils and natural ways to ease the pain!!

Outdoors 

Do you own a spray bottle? Seriously...get yourself a glass spray bottle with some nice cold water (I put mine in the refrigerator to really keep it cold)...you can add some simple natural oils to help keep you cool...like peppermint, basil, cardamon, cilantro (anything non-citrus).  Just add a few drops to your water bottle, shake it up well, then spray it to all of your pulse points..wrists and neck are the quickest...I love them it on my feet when wearing flip-flops!  Spraying down these areas will cool you down quickly...even if you are on vacation in Florida!! 

Wear the right clothing! If you have never taken the time to check your labels on your clothing....cotton is rotten!  It gets sticky quick!  So, try to find wicking fabrics that breathe, think yoga..athletic wear is a must in this summer heat!  It's easy to get hot in dark colors as well, so loose the black and opt for light grey instead!  The point is to keep the sweat away and still stay cool...I tend to find these fabrics everywhere nowadays, so check your labels people!

Are you drinking enough water?  I know that it sounds cliche' but water is you best friend in the summer!  You need to constantly replace the water that you are loosing with fresh, cold water...especially if you are drinking soda or alcohol!  Quick tip, you can also add peppermint, tangerine, cucumber, lemon to your water to give you a fresh taste..especially if you are not a big water drinker!  Make it fun and add fresh fruit, use a glass bottle if you use oils in the water! Cool down with some slices of watermelon...or even add that to your water as well!!

Eat Light! This is the best time of year to get all of your fruits and veggies in...they are light and in season, so take full advantage!  They digest easier and keep you from feeling full and hot...so if you can't let go of the burger and hot dogs...then at least add some cucumbers and watermelon...less is more!

Indoors 

The First thing to go out in Summer is your air conditioner!!  This is the worst, but happens every summer, especially with the summer we are having.  It will run all day and then freeze up or blow out the fan and stop working, so here some quick tips to help with that not happening...
  1. Get you HVAC serviced ASAP!
  2. Point a fan at an open window - this will help push some of that hot air back outdoors where it belongs!
  3. Plants like Eucalyptus give off natural diffusers to help cool and clean the air.
  4. Portable air filters...they clean the air and cool at the same time...they are great if you have pets because the dander will clean up as well and help with any allergies that you may be having right now!
  5. Blinds and curtains are your friends! Block the sun's rays in rooms you know are he worst, close the windows during the day and keep the shades drawn...when it cools down at night (If it does) then open the windows and doors to get that ventilation through the home and help your air conditioner out in the process!
  6. Water your lawn late at night...it will stay hydrated longer during the day...if you run your water during the day it can actually burn your lawn faster!
  7. When it's cooler outside, you can also take a damp towel and hang it from an open window helping the air coming in cool down as well.
I can't sleep in the heat!  You may be great when it's hot while your sleeping, but I get headaches..and just can't sleep!  Try this...take your pillow cases and bed sheets and put them in your freezer for a while to cool them down....put them on right before you go to bed!  Remember that water bottle we talked about earlier?  Well if it's cold and has a little peppermint in it, spray it over your pillow and sheets lightly and not only will it cool you off, but you will breathe better as well, I like Eucalyptus for this one!

Cool down your body!! Take a cold shower before bedtime, drink lots of iced water with lemon or peppermint...re-hydrate before you sleep!  Quick Tip, you can take your peppermint oil and add a drop to each ice cube tray, fill with water and BOOM peppermint ice! Yes, that just happened!

Afterburn 

Sunburns are no fun!  So do what you can not to get a sunburn...yep sunscreen!! But, if you forgot while watching that Soccer game and find yourself with a nice pink tan-line, then here are few quick tips!
  1. Straight Aloe Vera.
  2. Cool Shower.
  3. Coconut oil with a few drops of Lavender oil
  4. Vitamin E oil
  5. Use that spray bottle again and add some Lavender with coconut oil
Trust me, from a person who burns fast and tend to go to the beach every year...everything that I have given you above is always in my travel bag...enjoy the summer the right way!!!

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