Brigitte Mars is an herbalist from Boulder, Colorado, with over 40 years’ experience in natural lifestyles. She lived for two and a half years, on wild edible plants while living in a tipi in the Ozarks, in the early seventies. She is the author of The Desktop Guide to Herbal Medicine, Country Almanac of Home Remedies, Addiction Free Naturally, The Sexual Herbal, The HempNut Cookbook, Rawsome!, and Healing Herbal Teas.
Spend at least 20 mins daily in full spectrum light, preferably in the early morning before rays are too harsh, without glasses or contact lenses. Ensure frequent movement of eyes to improve blood flow. Acupressure on the feet with special attention to the bottom of the second and third toes or a deep massage at the base of the neck can help prevent eyestrain.
If you suffer a heatstroke, drink plenty of water and cooling teas such as peppermint, raspberry leaf, or hibiscus. Apply citronella, tea tree, or eucalyptus essential oils topically to avoid mosquito bites. For a sunburn, add apple cider vinegar to cold bath water. Spray aloe vera juice on affected areas. Swipe left for more such effective natural remedies for 29 common complaints you face every summer.
Besides flossing and brushing regularly, eat foods rich in Calcium, Magnesium, Vit B and C, and Co Q10 to prevent bone loss, and build strong connective tissue and healthy gums. Natural antiseptic herbs like calendula and chamomile can cure swelling of the gums and mouth ulcers. Massage the jaw over the teeth area to improve circulation and use round-bristled brushes.
Essential oils like Geranium, Lavender Peppermint, Rosemary and Tea Tree Oil work as anti-depressants, aphrodisiacs, and antiseptics. Use in baths, as a compress, mouth wash, or massage oil. Use pure oils and avoid synthetic fragrances. Keep away from children, light and heat. Smell in a well-ventilated area. Avoid contact with eyes, mouth, and broken skin. Avoid self medication and dilute before use.
Establish a regular time for bed, sleep on your back, minimize lighting and avoid excess mental activity, medications, sleeping pills, caffeine, nicotine and alcohol. Chamomile and Lavender essential oils in a warm bath before bed, can help you relax. Hops, Passion Flower, Skullcap and Valerian have a calming effect. An hour of sleep before midnight is worth two hours of sleep after midnight.