Summertime, for Sugar Land residents, is a favorite amongst the seasons. The grass is getting mowed weekly and is begging to be played in. The air is fresh while the pollen has settled for the most part. The sunshine is bright and delightful. Beautiful colors are in the flowerbeds. Everyone feels the need to get outside and be active. But what else comes along with the summer in Sugar Land? Minor emergencies that are non-allergic in nature, such as bee stings, sunburns, bug bites, and even poison ivy, can ruin a few days. Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to rush out to the local pharmacy to treat these summer ailments and simply use things you can find in your pantry, medicine cabinet, or refrigerator to treat them? Always have a plan for emergencies and know where the nearest emergency room is in Sugar Land/Fort Bend County, but some non-allergic type emergencies can be handled at home with every day items.
Some of the things you use daily that stuff your cabinets, pantries and medicine cabinets might be a remedy to these summer issues. Who doesn’t have baking soda in your home pantry? Check out your medicine cabinet – you might find witch hazel in there. What about lemons, limes and honey?
Remedies are right under your nose for some non-emergencies, you just need to know where to look.
One of the best things about summer is hanging out in Galveston at the beach or the neighborhood pool. For some Fort Bend County residents, their backyards are their oasis. We sometimes get distracted with all the fun we are having that we forget to apply sunscreen appropriately and we get sunburned. For most, sunburns are the most irritating of summer ailments. I hurts to sleep. Hurts to shower. Hurts to wear clothes when a sunburn is bad.
One popular remedy is aloe vera. But what if you don’t have any? HANG ON. You might have other remedies in your home. Things as simple as cold water or ice can ease the heat of a sunburn. A simple cloth soaked in cold milk and applied to the burn might help according to EMaxHealth . Finely ground oatmeal lightly rubbed on the skin might draw some of the burn out. Draw a bath and add a cup or so of oatmeal, and just soak.
As surprising as it is, raw, undistilled apple cider vinegar is an incredible remedy to all burns, even a poolside sunburn. Check your medicine cabinet, if you come across a bottle of witch hazel, it can take the sting out of a miserable sunburn very quickly.
Been stung by a little ole bee or wasp? Is the sting simply itchy and swollen? Sometimes the stinger can stay inside the wound and you have to do whatever you can to draw it out. Making a paste of baking soda and water does wonders at drawing the stinger out! If you aren’t experiencing any type of allergic reaction and are simply suffering from the itch at the sting site, cover it lightly with duct tape, the rip it off. Hopefully the stinger will stick to the tape and be removed, possibly with a few arm or leg hairs. As surprising as it is, peanut butter and honey actually will do the same as the baking soda paste does in drawing out the stinger.
Now that the stinger is out, so how do you take away the stinging feeling? One way to take out the sting is by applying crushed garlic to the wound. Basil, onion, and parsley are three more things you may have in your fridge that could really help with the stinging sensation
Who knew? Due to standing water, slow moving rivers and Sugar Land’s close proximity to bays and the ocean, we will always deal with mosquitos and other flying and biting insects.
Who doesn’t HATE bug bites, especially of the mosquito variety. Itchy, scratchy, even sometimes pussy and swollen, bug bites can keep you from sleeping and even concentrating. In most parts of Texas, bug spray is a very important part of our daily routines. Why do we wear bug repellent out side of avoiding bug bites? We need to protect against illnesses like Lyme’s Disease and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. That being said, even with bug spray, Fort Bend County residents sometimes can still get a bite or two.
An interesting, natural bug bite remedy is the cucumber. Who knew? Cut a think cucumber slice and apply it to an itchy bug bite – it’ll help take the itch and swelling away. While sticky, applying honey to bug bites can the itch almost instantly. Vinegar can take the sting and itch of bug bites pretty quickly, just like it can help with a sunburn.
Again, always have a plan. Know where the nearest 24 hr emergency room is for real emergencies. But if you are only experiencing pain or itchiness from a bug bite or sting or dealing with a mild to moderate sunburn, try some of these remedies and let us know what worked!