Herbal Remedies for 3 Summer Health Concerns


| 6/24/2015 7:00:00 AM


Even if you can make a case for why another season is your favorite, there's no denying that summertime is simply delicious—sometimes literally, with local berries and farm-fresh tomatoes in the mix. But we all know it has a downside.

Bug bites, sunburn, dry skin, rashes and those annoying summer colds can all combine to land on the side of Team Winter. But help may be closer than you think, and doesn't require a trip to the pharmacy. Instead, hit up the farmers market, or maybe even your own garden. Soothe summer concerns with some of nature's top performers.

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Soothe Insect Bites

Summer evenings are the stuff of nostalgia and yearning, but the reality can be less than lovely if you become the main course during a humid, bug-infested night. Fortunately, herbal remedies are abundant.

For insect bites, turn to fresh basil or plantain (which looks like a weed, but is definitely a power-packed remedy). Chew on a leaf and then apply it directly to the bite. Basil tends to be the better flavor, since plantain can be slightly bitter and grassy, but most likely, you'll find the weedy choice in the wild. Chewing helps to release each plant's anti-inflammatory properties, and the relief should be immediate.



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