Natural Ingredients for treating common Summer injuries
It’s time for summer fun! Swimming, hiking, heading to outdoor concerts, camping and more are all great activities for celebrating these months of sunshine. Unfortunately, with more outdoor activity come more injuries. Things like sunburns, bug bites, scrapes and brushes with poison oak can get on your and your children’s nerves this season.
When treating these common summertime injuries, look for these natural ingredients to help soothe your discomfort:
Aloe is a soothing gel that comes from the aloe vera plant. Many people take aloe vera both internally and externally because it contains antioxidants like beta carotene, vitamin c and vitamin e. These not only help improve general health, but they keep skin hydrated, firm and help skin heal from minor injuries like cuts and sunburn. Aloe also contains glycoproteins, which is what makes it anti-inflammatory and soothing. This means that aloe vera really doubles down when you have an injury and works hard to make your skin feel healthier and more comfortable – even if you have a bug bite or rash.
This is a naturally-occurring antioxidant that can be found in many foods – from almonds to kale. It can also be applied to the skin for direct benefit. Remember, your skin is a giant, external organ. When you put lotions and vitamins on your skin, they are now absorbed into your body. Vitamin E is something you already eat. That’s why, when you apply it directly to an injury, you are providing direct nutrition to your body.
When applied to the skin, vitamin e works as an anti-inflammatory agent as well as an antioxidant. Additionally, it can help your immune system treat an injury. This makes it a great treatment for summertime injuries like exposure to poison oak or ivy, bee stings, bug bites, and more.
Coconut oil has many health benefits and can be used internally and externally. When used on the skin, coconut oil is antibacterial, an effective moisturizer, and antioxidant. It also has been tested for protection against UV rays and was given an SPF rating of 8. This means you can (and should) apply products containing coconut oil both to protect and heal the skin.
Jojoba oil is another antibacterial moisturizer. Because of its antibacterial properties, you can use jojoba oil on many dry skin conditions like rashes. Additionally, this oil balances your oil levels, which means it prevents the sticky buildup of excess oils.
Another antibacterial oil, sunflower oil is also anti-inflammatory. This makes it the perfect thing to put on uncomfortable burns, bug bites and rashes. Your main discomfort from these summertime injuries comes from the inflammation they cause, so sunflower oil mixed with the other antibacterial and anti-inflammatory oils and substances listed above can soothe discomfort as your skin heals.
Not only is the scent of lavender soothing, lavender oil is antibacterial and can help with pain relief. If your skin changes with the weather, lavender can help fight acne and increase circulation to spots on the skin that need a healing touch. Additionally, lavender can be used as an insect repellent against mosquitoes, midges and moths.
Most people know that citronella is an effective insect repellent, but did you know that citronella oil is also antibacterial, antiseptic and inflammatory? When you use creams and products containing citronella, you aren’t just preventing insect bites, you are giving your skin a treat!
This summer, we hope you will consider using organic and natural substances like those listed above to both protect against skin problems and treat them as they arise. We have products containing all of the ingredients listed above in our store. Be sure to try our products and feel the benefits of using organic and natural ingredients on your skin.