Summer Herbal First Aid Kit

By Sam Derbishire, Supplement Educator

SunburnWe all get so excited for summer in CNY, but with summer come some unpleasant health ailments like sunburns and bug bites. Here are my favorite herbal remedies for these summer-specific concerns.

Lavender Oil for Sunburns
Lavender essential oil has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, making it well-suited for natural skin-care use. Unlike many similar essential oils and plant extracts, it’s safe to apply directly to small areas of the skin without diluting it with water. Apart from the immediate cooling relief it provides, lavender oil also promotes new skin.

Repel and Kill Ticks with Geranium Essential Oil and Relieve the Bites with Thyme Essential Oil
Apply geranium oil before heading out into the woods. It can also be applied to the area where a tick embeds to get the tick to back out of the skin. Thyme essential oil applied topically provides relief after removal of ticks.

Remedies for Cuts, Scrapes, Bruises, and Stings
Use Ed’s Herbal Salve for cuts, scrapes, and bruises. Try Apis Homeopathic for stings. Both work wonderfully and are safe for children.

All of these products are available at Natur-Tyme so ask our friendly staff to help you find them on your next visit to the store.

Homeopathic Remedies for Fun in the Sun

Carol B. Blair, BS, CNC, DiHomSunHat

We all know how short our Syracuse summers are and the last thing we need is to spend downtime suffering from bee stings, sunburns, poison ivy, or overextending ourselves from the “weekend warrior” routine. So I’ve put together a few homeopathic remedies to help get you back on track more quickly should one of these ordeals occur.

  • Arnica Montana is the one remedy I suggest everyone keep in their household. It’s a great remedy to have on hand when you overwork in the garden, bicycle a little too far, or are injured. The typical symptoms when this remedy is needed are sore and achy muscles, bruising, or injuries such as sprained ankles. For more serious events such as an accident, it is my first go-to remedy. Often the person who needs Arnica the most says, “I’m fine.” Arnica can also expedite the healing process after surgery, which is why plastic surgeons recommend it!
  • Another very important summer remedy is Apis Mel. This is the remedy for bee stings. When Apis is needed, the typical symptoms are red, itchy, and swollen areas with stinging pains. I carry this remedy in my purse because I have had reactions to bee stings in the past.
  • For those times when you enjoyed the sun a little too long, try homeopathic Causticum or Cantharis. They both work well to help reduce the pain and redness of the burn. Often these remedies will also help prevent blistering in more severe cases.
  • Last but not least is the remedy for that person who is sensitive to poison ivy. Here Rhus Tox is the typical antidote although there are others. The person who needs Rhus Tox has the characteristic poison ivy type rash with intense itchiness. They tend to be restless and thirsty as well. If you are prone to outbreaks from this miserable weed, Rhus Tox may be taken prophylactically. As an aside, many studies have shown that this remedy is also excellent for helping to relieve the pain of arthritis.

Because homeopathic remedies work on an energy level similar to acupuncture, all of these remedies may be used in conjunction with standard allopathic treatments. They are also safe for children. The typical doses are 6C, 12C, 30X, or 30C three times a day with the lower doses being used for children.

If you need additional help, our entire Natur-Tyme staff is very knowledgeable and can help you everyday at the store. I am available on weekdays only at Natur-Tyme at 671-5175 or by appointment.

Battling Sunburns

By Yu-Lee Izyk, Licensed Cosmetologist

After a week of temperatures nearly reaching triple digits, I think it’s finally summer in Syracuse! So far, I have gone hiking, camping, golfing, and to the beach. I will admit, once in a while, I got a little too excited and forgot to reapply my sunscreen. Yikes!

For my sunburns, I revert to my good ol’ organic aloe. Yet sometimes, I need a little more than that. That’s when I reach for MyChelle’s Fruit Enzyme Mist. This cooling spray applies enzymes onto the epidermis of my skin to help breakup dead skin cells. That helps quicken the healing process and alleviates a lot of peeling that may occur. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, so the redness goes down almost instantaneously. Because it is in a spray bottle, the mist can easily get to those hard-to-reach places like your back and shoulders. Sunburns are not fun, nor, good for your skin. So please remember not only your initial application of sunscreen but reapplying it when you have all that fun in the summer sun!

Sunburn Much?

By Yu-Lee Izyk, Licensed Cosmetologist

If you answered yes, sea buckthorn should be your right-hand man this summer. Sea buckthorn has natural occurring omega 3,6, and 7 (palmitoleic acid), vitamin E, and vitamin K. All these are important for skin recovery. The omegas will help with the inflammation and redness. Vitamin E, as most people know, is extremely soothing, like aloe vera. The Vitamin K will help prevent “sun spot” damage to the skin! You can find this in a body wash, facial wash, body lotion, facial lotion, bath bars, and my favorite… body oil! Weleda Sea Buckthorn Body Oil is AWESOME for after the beach and the light citrus scent is so refreshing!

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