Here’s a handy printable reference sheet with some of my favorite summer remedies for things like bug bites and sunburn.
Just click on the thumbnail photo below to open up the printable PDF. (No signup required!)
I’ve also copied the recipes below, in case you’re not the sort who wants to keep track of printable files.
Have a happy summer! 😊
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This eBook set was a subscriber-only deal last year, but this year I’m opening it up for everyone.
Summer Bath & Beauty includes:
- A recipe eBook with featured ingredients for summer skin and body care, plus 21 recipes with full color photos for every project.
- Black and white printable recipe cards (to save ink when printing out a recipe).
- A helpful reference chart for converting weight to volume measurements in the book (useful if you don’t own a scale that measures small amounts yet).
- A summer themed label set with templates.
- The cost for the entire set is only $9.
It goes away in the fall, so grab your copy today! ☀
Bug Bite Powder
Easy & inexpensive; a good first choice remedy. Allow the clay or clay paste to air dry whenever possible, reapply as needed.
- Dab kaolin clay directly on itchy bug bites, OR
- Mix kaolin clay with witch hazel, herbal tea, or water to form a paste. Apply to bug bites.
You can buy a big bag of inexpensive plain clay online and it will last for ages.
Vinegar & Witch Hazel Itch Remedy
Dab directly on bug bites, chiggers, and/or add 1 c. to a bath. If you don’t have witch hazel, use more vinegar instead.
- Fill a canning jar 3/4 way with chopped fresh herbs (or 1/2 way dried herbs).
- Add apple cider vinegar just until the herbs are covered.
- Next, add witch hazel until the jar is almost filled. Stir well.
- Cover with plastic/non-reactive lid. Infuse for 2 to 4 weeks, strain.
- Store in fridge for up to 3 months.
Herbs to mix & match include: plantain, violet, jewelweed, rose, yarrow, calendula, and lavender.
Oatmeal Milk Bath
For itchy or irritated skin. Herbs to try include plantain, calendula, violet leaves, yarrow, and rose petals.
- 1 c. rolled oats
- 1/2 c. milk powder
- 1/2 c. crumbled dry herbs
- Tie up in a sock or muslin bag & drop in bath water.
Keep stashed in freezer for quick sunburn relief!
- 1/2 c. chopped fresh plantain or comfrey leaves
- 1/2 c. aloe gel (fresh or bottled)
- 1/2 c. water
- 1/2 c. witch hazel
Directions to Make:
- Blend. Strain. Freeze juice in ice trays.
- Store in freezer. Rub gently over skin, continually moving.
- Or, thaw in fridge before use. Air dry, or gently rinse with cool water.
Cucumber Aloe Treatment
Make & use the same day, for overheated or irritated skin.
- 1 c. cucumber slices
- 1 tbsp aloe gel
- 2 tbsp water or witch hazel
- Blend, add extra water if needed.
- Rub over face and body, leave 10 minutes, rinse with tepid water.
Soothes sunburn, diaper rash, heat rash, bug bites.
- one part dried or fresh calendula flowers
- two parts simmering water
- Steep until cooled. Strain. Store in fridge 2 days or freeze in ice trays.
- Use cotton balls or spray bottle to apply to your skin.
Phototoxic EOs to Know
Avoid adding these essential oils to your daytime products, since they can make skin prone to sunburn.
- Regular Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
- Cold Pressed Lime (Citrus x aurantifolia)
- Grapefruit (Citrus x paradise)
- Cold Pressed Lemon (Citrus x limon)
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