The arrival of summertime seems to bring with it the inevitable bumps, scrapes, and more as my little ones play hard in the sun and water.
There also seems to be the occasional tummyache from summer party barbecue/campout treats, like when mama indulged in some spicy jalepeno guacamole and the nursing baby got fussy. Oops.
The children are outside playing for much of the day when it isn’t too hot, soaking up lots of good vitamin D from the sunshine, and muching on nutrient-dense wild berries and garden produce, so they seem to stay pretty healthy during this time of year.
(This is a great time to work on boosting your immune system, and set some routines in place to help prepare/carry you through the chilly winter months of “flu season,” by the way!) You can also be gathering fresh herbs for preparing some of your own remedies, as well.
However, my natural first aid kit still gets used pretty often. Here are a few favorites that we have turned to regularly during this busy summer to soothe those owies.
- Redmond Clay First Aid (or make your own with Redmond Clay Powder)– We’ve plopped this soothing paste onto the myriad scrapes our boys accumulate. The paste also works well on the various bites, blisters, and itches that our curious daughter gets during her gathering of wildflowers and explorations. It soothes and seems to help speed healing, without adding unnecessary antibiotics. We haven’t had any sunburns this year, but I think this would work, for those, too.
- Wellements Gripe Water– This has definitely helped calm tummyaches, so they can rest at bedtime. (For older kids, the Redmond Clay Powder could be used, too.)
- Nature’s Paradise Organic Coconut Baby Powder– My baby giggles with glee when I sprinkle this on after a hot, sweaty day. I dust his neck underneath those cute chubby chins (with teething drool), underarms, and diaper area to keep dampness and rashes away
- Oregon’s Wild Harvest Tranquil Child Tincture– The light of these long summer days can make it hard to settle down at bedtime, when it still looks like daytime out the window! Plus, the excitement of fun summer gatherings can interfere with transitioning to dreamland. This seems to have made a difference from overtired- but awake- bedtime battles to taking the edge off of overexcitement for a more gentler bedtime atmosphere.
- Coconut Water– I keep this on hand for rehydration and preventing muscle cramps after a hard day’s play in the sun. For those that don’t care for the sweet flavor, we mix it into smoothies or popsicles.
- Boiron Arnica Gel– It’s the perfect remedy for all those big bumps (without broken skin scrapes).
What are your staples for those summertime owies?
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