Holistic first aid for the summer season
Summer has unofficially started — and it’s a season where increased outdoor activities can be the source of cuts, bruises, scrapes, dehydration and sunburn.
Cuts and scrapes: Clean wound with cold water and mild soap. Apply crushed yarrow leaves or flowers to the injury to stop bleeding. An ice pack can help bring down swelling and reduce pain.
Bruises: Arnica Montana taken both as homeopathic sublingual pellets and applied externally to the bruise, will reduce swelling and assist with rapid resolution of “black-and-blue” discoloration.
Insect bites: Apply a compress with two to three teaspoons of dried, crushed flower buds of Calendula officinalis (a.k.a. marigold) steeped in hot water, to reduce inflammation and itching. Alternatively, a small amount of tea tree oil can be used for its antiseptic properties, or lavender oil to reduce itching at the site. (Read more)