Sunburns, Bug Bites, Bumps & Bruises…It Must Be Summer

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I love summer…the sunshine, warm days and outdoor adventures, but as a mother of seven I’ve had my fair share of kvetchy children. Below are my favorite ways to cure the ouchies naturally. Oh and for the preggo mama…sunburn and the reduction of aches and pains brought on by inflammation can be relieved by many items from the list below.  And for the infant, please keep them out of the sun with sunhats, covers over their stroller – carseat – or baby sling.  Got questions?  Ask me on Twitter or my website, or contact your medical provider.  OK ,now for the list:

Sunburn Relief

Aloe Vera Gel Don’t be fooled by products “containing Aloe”; you want the real thing. Fresh aloe vera plants are inexpensive and easy to care for. To use the plant for burns, simply break off a part of the leaf, squeeze out some of the thick, slimy gel and apply it directly to the skin. You can apply the gel once a day or as often as every hour. If you don’t trust your green thumb, you can purchase a small bottle of pure aloe vera gel at your local health food store.

Saint John’s Wort oil A popular remedy for depression, Saint John’s Wort herb is equally effective in easing nerve pain—like the pain of a bad sunburn. It helps heal the damaged tissue and relieves the pain. The oil can be mixed with the gel from an aloe plant and put directly on the burn at least once a day and as often as every hour.

Lavender essential oil is extremely helpful with both sunburns and kitchen burns. Make sure it is the pure essential oil and not a lotion containing lavender. It works best diluted. Add a few drops to a body lotion or pure olive oil and spread over the burn. Even better: add a few drops of the lavender essential oil to the gel of the aloe plant or to St. John’s Wort oil.

Bug Bite Relief

French Green Clay is a wonderful multi-faceted product that’s great for relieving irritating mosquito bites. Mix half a teaspoon with a few drops of water until the clay forms a paste. Spread the paste over the bite. If the paste dries and crumbles off before the pain is relieved, spread another layer over the existing one and continue layering as needed. The green clay will help pull out the toxins, reduce inflammation and soothe the skin. French green clay can be purchased at your local health food store.

Baking Soda and Homeopathic Apris 30c provide excellent relief from the discomfort and swelling of bee stings. Take the Homeopathic Apris 30 orally and apply a baking soda paste (baking soda combined with a few drops of water) over the sting.

Bumps & Bruises

Arnica gel, applied immediately after an injury (the sooner the better!), will reduce swelling and help ease the pain. Apply the gel 3x a day or every 15 minutes if the injury is very painful. Do not apply to open skin.

Homeopathic Arnica Montana 30c helps reduce inflammation and heal tissue. The standard dosage of three pellets is the same for adults and children. Pellets are best dissolved under the tongue; however, children can take them on top of the tongue as long as the pellets dissolve naturally in the mouth.

Homeopathic Hypericum 30c is often used after Arnica for painful “crush injuries,” like smashed finger tips, puncture wounds, injured tailbones and nerve pain. Order from your local health food store and give the remedy every 15 minutes for the first hour, then every 3-4 hours for the next day.

Homeopathic Ledum 30c is great for puncture wounds like insect bites, or injuries from sharp objects. Give this remedy as soon as possible after the injury has occurred. Give every 15 minutes for the first hour, then another dose 3 hours later.

Yunnan Baiyao Powder is a miraculous Chinese powder best used for scrapes, cuts and open wounds. The powder is applied directly into the cut and coagulates the blood quickly. It’s also a natural antibiotic preventing infection. If the cut is very deep, this powder will burn a little when applied, but the results are worth it! This product is easiest to order online.

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Sara Chana Silverstein, IBCLC, RH (AHG)

Sara Chana Silverstein is a master herbalist, classical homeopath, board certified lactation consultant, child birth educator, and mother of seven. Her comprehensive app, Sara Chana’s Savvy Breastfeeding Guide, provides parents 24/7 access to her expertise through 100+ original videos, 350 articles and hundreds of pictures to help identify and find solutions for 98% of breastfeeding challenges.  Follow on Twitter.

DISCLAIMER:  The opinions expressed by Sara Chana Silverstein, and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of Pregnancy Awareness Month (PAM) or any employee thereof. PAM is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by Sara Chana Silverstein.  Consult with your own medical provider regarding your individual health questions or concerns.

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