Summer Series 2: A natural medicine kit to save your summer
Here are some essentials to have with you:
An Aleppo soap, with 30 or 40% laurel berry oil, very gentle for all skin types, including the most sensitive.
A vegetable oil, which you can use as a make-up remover and as a moisturiser for the face and body: sweet almond, coconut, argan, and muscat rose are all recommendable.
An aloe vera gel, the summer favourite, which soothes irritated and overheated skin (including heat rash), works wonders on sunburn and helps heal burns
Green clay for making poultices (to help sprains, tendonitis, etc.)
Activated charcoal, in case of bloating, indigestion or diarrhoea
Arnica balm, gel or cream, in case of knocks or falls
Finally, the queens of all-natural medicine kits: essential oils! Peppermint is beneficial against nausea, stomach aches and headaches; lavender relieves insect and snake bites; fine lavender or petitgrain bigarade, Roman chamomile or marjoram are all excellent choices to relax and promote better sleep; ravintsara to support the immune system in case of cold or fatigue; tea tree oil, with its potent broad-spectrum antibacterial effect; as well as capsules containing oregano, a formidable treatment for infections.
Be careful when using essential oils directly on your skin: if you have never used them, always make a small test, with 2 to 3 drops poured into the elbow, and wait 24 to 48 hours to ensure there is no irritation.