Easy Natural Remedies for Summer

You can find relief from allergies, bee stings and even sunburn right in your kitchen or garden.

| May 22, 2008

Summer brings longer days, swimming and camping, grilled burgers and sticky popcicles — but in addition to these treats, summer sometimes invites allergies, bug bites, sunburns and other seasonal hazards. There’s no need to fret, however, because you can treat a number of summer ailments with a few simple tools from nature.

Fight Allergies

Itchy, sneezy, swollen and all clogged up? Not this year: You might be able to build your tolerance to allergy-triggering pollens by daily eating small amounts of raw, local honey prior to allergy season. (The honey exposes your body to small amounts of local pollens.) Gradually increase the amount of honey up to a teaspoon per day, and continue through the season.

Make the most of the natural antihistamine properties of vitamin C by taking a supplement or eating foods high in C (such as oranges and bell peppers).

To slow inflammation, eat garlic or onions — alone or in a meal. Try hot foods such as horseradish or wasabi to relieve congestion.

Read Six Natural Allergy Remedies for more good ideas.

Relieve Bee Stings

If you’ve accidentally disturbed a honey bee and suffered the consequences, the first step is to remove the stinger. First and foremost, do not pull it out. Instead, use your fingernail to scrape out the stinger to avoid releasing more venom into your skin. Next, rub calendula flower or plaintain leaf onto the site to relieve pain and swelling. You can also apply a fresh slice of onion or garlic.

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