It’s summer! This means your kids are out of school and spending more time outdoors playing. Unfortunately, this means they’re likely to come home with scrapes, cuts, bruises, and insect bites. For these superficial wounds, there are some natural remedies that you can use that don’t contain harsh ingredients but are just as effective as helping their boo-boos heal.
Summer means spending more time in the sun. This could lead to sunburn. Use Aloe Vera to soothe sunburns. It contains compounds that reduce pain and inflammation. In fact, it’s earned the name “burn plant” for being the perfect natural remedy for sunburn. Additionally, it’s a refreshing way to cool and moisturize skin during those hot summer days.
A baking soda paste can soothe the pain from bee stings and itchiness from insect bites. Baking soda neutralizes the acidic venom from the sting.
Mix up a baking soda paste by using baking soda and water. Remove the stinger and leave the paste on the sting or bite for at least 15 minutes.
Bumps and Bruises
Epsom salt has been used for centuries as a home remedy for all sorts of minor muscle and skin pains. Epsom salt relaxes the muscles and relieves the pain from bruises. Add 1 cup of Epsom salts to a bowl of warm water. Soak a clean towel in the water and wring it out so there is no dripping. Place the warm, moist towel on your child’s sore area. To maintain its warmth, place a hot water bottle on top of the towel. The warmth boosts the magnesium content in the body which leads to a reduction in swelling.
Cuts and Scrapes
Apple cider vinegar contains proteins, enzymes, and germ-killing bacteria that can help fight infection. To help heal and soothe your kid’s minor cuts and scrapes, add 1 cup of apple cider vinegar to a warm bath. It’s also good for rashes that your kid may be prone to during the hot summer months. They may not be happy about the smell, but they’ll be happy to feel some relief.
Honey has a lot of healing benefits and it can be used to help heal wounds faster. First of all, its acidity makes the wound less susceptible to infection, and the honey draws fluid out of the wound.
However, don’t just use regular store-bought honey that contains high-fructose corn syrup. Only Manuka honey has been approved by the U.S. Federal Drug Administration as a recommended option for wound treatment.