Summers in India tend to get quite hot and uncomfortable. Along with draining our energy, the blazing sun can also cause several summer diseases. But hey, don’t despair! You can still enjoy the pleasant breeze of the season while keeping yourself safe from its scorching consequences.
Wondering ‘how is that even possible’? There are a few things that you can do at home to protect yourself from the wrath of the summer season. Here, let’s take a look.
The acetic acid in vinegar is known to relieve the pain arising from sunburn. It helps reduce the itchiness and inflammation of the skin caused due to prolonged sun exposure. All you have to do is soak a cotton cloth in white vinegar and place it on the affected area. Leave the cloth on the skin until it is dry. Repeat the process until the inflammation reduces.
Heat rashes are a common summer problem, and the pain and itching they cause can be very discomforting. Fortunately, you can use baking soda to address this summer distress. The properties of baking soda are known to relieve the itchiness caused due to heat rashes. Simply add a tablespoon of baking soda to your bathing tub. You can also apply it directly on the skin to remove unnecessary moisture and sweat. You can use any of these methods multiple times until you find complete relief from the pain and discomfort of heat rashes.
Prolonged exposure to the sun (UV rays) during summers can cause heat blisters. While it is essential to keep the blisters clean, applying aloe vera gel can fast-track the healing process. However, ensure that you use aloe vera gel that is obtained directly from a plant. This is because some products contain alcohol, which can cause other skin infections. Aloe vera is a great way to keep your skin moisturised and glowing during summers.
Even during summers, many people tend to contract a cold. An easy way to soothe the irritation caused due to a summer cold is by consuming herbal drinks. It is vital to keep yourself hydrated during summers. Herbal drinks not only help lessen the symptoms of a cold but also battle the factors causing the summer disease. Turmeric, basil leaves, garlic, ginger, etc., are some ingredients that can be used to make herbal drinks/tea. Warm soup is another home remedy for dry cough in summer. Avoid caffeine and alcoholic beverages.
Also, consume nutrient-rich meals that contain fresh fruits and vegetables. The vitamins from these meals will help boost your immunity.
Garlic releases a bioactive component known as allicin that kills the germs and bacteria responsible for sore throat. You can mix garlic with honey to relieve the discomfort caused by a throat infection. Another effective home remedy for sore throat is gargling with saltwater. The warm, salt-enriched water will help flush out the bacteria and clear nasal congestion.
Turmeric milk, on the other hand, is one of the most popular Indian home remedies for sore throat. It is also beneficial in curing cold and cough symptoms during summer. You can drink turmeric milk regularly as well.
A viral fever can drain your energy. Consuming honey mixed with lime juice can alleviate the symptoms of this disease in summers. Honey helps replenish your energy while lime juice cuts down the toxicity in the body. You can drink this mix 3-4 times a day.
Another effective home remedy for fever is Tulsi. Known for its antibacterial and antibiotic qualities, you can boil tulsi leaves in water and consume the reduce every two hours to relieve the symptoms of fever.
Ginger is one of the most popular home remedies for nausea. It’s known to effectively deal with nausea during pregnancy as well. You can use ginger in your daily meals or consume it with tea to relieve the symptoms of nausea. Cinnamon is also known to reduce nausea caused due to period pain.
Additionally, avoid spicy foods during the summer, especially if you tend to experience heat-induced nausea.
There are several natural remedies that can help you relieve the distress caused due to the rising summer heat. However, note that these remedies cannot be used as treatment, especially if your health worsens. It is best to consult a doctor for full recovery.
On the other hand, it is always best to buy a health insurance policy to ensure you and your family members are adequately protected against chronic diseases no matter what the season.