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Summer Remedies: Sunburn, Sweaty Feet, Bites, Itching, Stings, Bugs

July 13, 2010

We often succumb to thinking that antidotes only arrive in the form of prescriptions or retail potions, but in many cases, the cure is sitting on our pantry shelf. I am a believer in the value of home remedies. Anecdotal evidence may not have reams of clipboard data behind it, but remedies that have withstood the test of time have a place in life. And speaking of anecdotal accounts, our White Tea Cleansing Milk is becoming a star performer for more than just removing your makeup. We were initially surprised to consistently receive reports from you that in a moment of need, you reached for this cleanser and found it relieved a skin problem, much to your delight! And ours! The high content of green and white teas has no doubt been responsible for solving a host of skin problems, including: • Itching and pain due to poison ivy. • Sunburn pain and redness. • Relief of itching and pain from insect bites and stings. • Dry, itchy skin. • Eczema irritation. It makes sense. So many of our products have multiple purposes because the active botanicals serve in a synergistic mode and are not confined to a single purpose. What makes White Tea Cleansing Milk an effective cleanser, also makes it a soothing skin potion on its own. Anchored by healing aloe juice, soothing milk and honey and the high content of white and green tea, herbal hydrosols, extracts, essential oils, and vitamins produce a potion that serves equally well as a skin lotion. Left on the skin, it absorbs quickly with no greasy residue. Additional remedies from Mother Nature are listed below. If even just one of these suggestions is helpful, it has been a good day for both of us. Keep cool. SUNBURNWhite Tea Cleansing Milk Vinegar o 50:50 mixture of VINEGAR and WATER Spray on skin, place a towel soaked in the solution on the burned area. o A mixture of equal amounts of APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, PLAIN YOGURT, and ALOE JUICE makes a soothing lotion that should be applied twice an hour for the first three hours of a severe burn. • Cornstarch A thin solution of cornstarch and water soothes the heat. • Green Tea Brew for hot heads Excellent for when you neglected to wear a hat. If your head is hot and burned, brew a jar of green tea, let cool, and rinse your hair with the tea after shampooing. • Listerine Many fishermen use this to stop sunburn pain in its tracks. Use full strength and apply with cotton, cloth, or spray. SWEATY FEET and STINKY SHOES • Antiperspirant Truly. The same kind you use for under your arms. Use spray, stick, or roll on. Rub all over your feet and odors will disappear. Do not forget to rub it between your toes. Spray the insides of your shoes as well. • Alternate Shoes Alternate shoes every day, never wearing the same pair two days in a row. Shoes that are allowed to dry thoroughly for 24-48 hours will not smell. • Vinegar Soaks & Spray Soak your feet in basin of FULL STRENGTH WHITE VINEGAR every day for ten minutes. Use enough vinegar to cover feet (1/2 - 1 cup should do it) and wiggle toes (allows vinegar to flow between them) and use one foot to wash the other. Do not rinse off. Pat dry. Spray the inside of the shoes with full strength vinegar. If sneakers, soak and rinse with vinegar. • Listerine (Again!) Rub all over your feet before inserting in shoes. Rub inside your shoes as well, making sure the shoe is dry before you insert your feet. • Rubbing Alcohol Apply common rubbing alcohol to feet before putting on shoes, or after showering. Wipe down and insert a cotton ball soaked with alcohol inside your shoes after removing them to eliminate odors. Make sure shoes are dry before wearing again. BITES, ITCHING, STINGS, and REPELLENTSItching o White Tea Cleansing Milk o Hydrogen Peroxide o Listerine o Rubbing Alcohol o Witch Hazel (Less effective for itching than others.) o Soap o Lavender Essential Oil o Vinegar • Stings & Bites o White Tea Cleansing Milk o Meat tenderizer (Make paste with water. Apply.) o Listerine o Epsom salt compress o Salt o Onion piece held in place a few minutes. o Cider vinegar compress o Vicks VapoRub o Baking soda • Repellents o Avoid wearing yellow as it attracts insects. Blue is least attractive to bugs. o Rubbing Alcohol o Witch Hazel o Hydrogen Peroxide o Listerine o Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil o Long Sleeve Shirts, Socks

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