Beat the Summer Blues: Natural Fixes for Sunburns, Bug Bites, and More!

While the excitement of summer is upon us, seasonal hazards such as sunburn, dehydration, and bug bites may become more common. It’s crucial to pay attention to these concerns and learn how to treat them with natural methods. Here is a comprehensive guide on several common summer health issues and the best natural ways to address them.


The sun’s rays are stronger and more hazardous during summer, making burns and related issues more likely. It’s essential to wear SPF clothing or all-natural sunscreen with a minimum of 30 SPF. Sunburns cause pain, tightness, swelling, and redness. Topical arnica gel can help address the heat and inflammation, while fresh vegetables, mint, honeysuckle, and turmeric can provide systemic relief.

Peeling skin after sunburn

Peeling is a natural process that sheds dead, sunburnt skin. Apply light, natural moisturizers and aloe vera to help nourish and protect new skin cells during this phase.

Poison oak and poison ivy

Oils from these plants can cause allergic reactions in many people, ranging from mild to life-threatening. Cold water rinses are vital after exposure, as is treating the affected areas with topical creams like calamine lotion or herbal infusions such as Grindelia (Gumweed). Green clay, oatmeal, salt, or baking soda can also help reduce inflammation and itching.

Mosquito and other bug bites

Bugs thrive in the warmth and humidity of summer. Topical treatments for poison oak or poison ivy, as well as calendula balm, arnica cream, and aloe vera, can help soothe skin and reduce pain and inflammation from bug bites.

Heat rash

Heat rash is commonly caused by blocked sweat ducts. Removing clothing and staying out of the sun or heat can help alleviate symptoms. Topical remedies for poison oak and poison ivy, as well as Chinese herbs like Ce Bai Ye or menthol and camphor, can provide relief from pain and inflammation.

Bee, wasp, and hornet stings

Stings are more common during summer when people congregate near water sources. Removing the stinger carefully and applying absorbent materials like salt, bentonite clay, or baking soda can help extract venom. Topical treatments like arnica gel or calendula balm can further soothe and reduce inflammation.

Heat stroke

Heat stroke, especially for children, is a severe risk in summer. Staying out of intense heat and keeping well-hydrated with electrolyte fluids can help prevent this ailment. If symptoms of heat stroke occur, seeking emergency medical attention is crucial.


Drinking enough water is vital during the summer months. Maintaining hydration and replenishing fluids and electrolytes can help address the issue, but extreme dehydration requires medical attention and potential use of a saline IV.

Swimmer’s ear

This ailment occurs when water in the ear canal gets trapped by excess ear wax. Relief can be found by applying antiseptic, softening agents to the ear. A few examples are tea tree oil, grapefruit seed oil, garlic-infused olive oil, or a rubbing alcohol and white vinegar mixture. For inflammation-related congestion and pressure in the ears, specific supplements such as a Tibetan herbal formula or a medicinal mushroom formula can be taken.

By observing these tips and taking preventative measures, we can make the most of our summer activities while keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe and healthy.