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4th of July Sunburn, Swimmer's Ear and Poison Ivy Tips

Grapefruit Seed Extract
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Photo by Janice Husk

Typically, the 4th of July is a day associated with fireworks, parades, grilling and all kinds of fun outdoor activities. However, many hours spent in the sun swimming, hiking and biking are also associated with annoying discomforts like sunburn, swimmer’s ear, poison ivy, and poison oak. Having a few handy remedies on hand can save the day and provide quick relief.

Swimmer’s Ear: Organic Grapefruit Seed Oil Extract is economical, has multiple uses and lasts a long time. GSE has been used for the treatment of conditions related to the nails, scalp, skin, and nasal passages. It can also be used by women as a vaginal rinse. Visit a local natural foods store such as, Whole Foods or Earth Fare to find this product. Note: Always read the package directions prior to use.

Poison Ivy and Oak:  Undiluted Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) applied directly on the rash can quickly relieve itching and discomfort.  Afterwards, apply Tea Tree Oil using cotton balls to dry up the sores and accelerate healing.

Sunburn and Peeling: ACV is the hero here as well. It is an economical and effective choice for sunburn and for the prevention of blistering and peeling. Patricia Bragg, N.D., Ph.D. recommends patting it directly on the sunburn using a clean cloth or soaking in cool bath water that has one cup of apple cider vinegar added to it. Afterwards, applying a little aloe vera gel directly to the sunburn will provide additional protection.