Summertime...and the living is easy. Or at least it will be, once you discover the cures for seasonal maladies like bee stings, motion sickness and lingering sunburns hiding right in your very own kitchen.
#1: Hassle: Sunburn
MilkIt really does do a body good - both inside and out. The anti-inflammatory enzymes in milk have been proven to substantially soothe sun-ravaged skin, explains Francesca Fusco, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City. To reduce the pain, redness and swelling, pour one cup of ice-cold milk into a bowl, soak a small washcloth in it and lay the cloth over the affected area for five minutes. For optimum penetration, repeat three times consecutively. "You'll start to feel better immediately," says Dr. Fusco.
#2: Hassle: Bee sting
Help: Baking Soda
Thanks to its high alkaline pH levels, say Mayo Clinic experts, baking soda neutralizes the venom released during the sting, putting an end to itching and burning. Add three teaspoons of baking soda to one teaspoon of water and rub on the affected area (after removing the stinger). Leave the paste on for 15 minutes, then rinse off; reapply to soothe the area as often as needed.
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#3: Hassle: Swimmer's ear
Because its aGarlicntimicrobial properties naturally combat bacteria, this zesty bulb can effectively squelch painful infections caused by water trapped in the ear canal. To whip up your own feel-better fix, suggests Ofer Wellisch, M.D., of mamaherb.com, a natural health Web site, try this fuss-free recipe:
Grate two cloves of fresh garlic into a shallow dish and cover with a light layer of olive oil. Let the concoction sit overnight, then strain out the garlic and instill three drops of the remaining oil into the affected ear twice daily for three days. (Note: If pain worsens or persists longer than three days, see your doctor - your infection may be serious.)
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#4: Hassle: Motion sickness
Forget over-the-counter antacids - the potent compounds in this sweet spice naturally calm the muscle spasms that trigger nausea, says Dr. Moyad. To quell the queasies in minutes, suck on a small piece of fresh ginger or take a few sips of ginger tea.
#5: Hassle: Athlete's foot
White VinegarAdd half a cup of white vinegar -- rich in antimicrobial and antifungal ingredients -- to a gallon of water, and soak your tootsies for five minutes a day until the infection clears (generally in about a week), advises Megan Moore, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City. And don't forget to sprinkle an antifungal powder in your shoes -- or you'll be slipping your feet right back into a fungus-friendly breeding ground!
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