We love spending time outdoors but sometimes bug bites or sunburns can be a real nuisance when you’re trying to enjoy yourself. You can never be too prepared for when those things happen, so look to your garden for some quick home remedies.
If you have succulents planted in your yard, you probably included an Aloe Vera plant. This is the perfect plant to have and it is so easy to care for. Succulents are able to retain water in their thick and fleshy leaves and stems. They come in an endless selection of sizes, shapes and colors and grow in many different conditions.
Aloe Vera is a great succulent that can treat skin irritations. The plant produces two substances: gel and latex, which are used in medicines. The Aloe gel is clear and the jelly-like substance in the interior of the aloe leaf that can be applied to the skin to help with minor sunburns and insect bites. It is a natural and soothing remedy that can help speed up the healing process by improving blood circulation around the area.
We hope that when you are grilling all goes smoothly but if you happen to bump up against the hot grill, have a grease splatter or touch a hot utensil and you get a minor burn you will want to apply Aloe Vera to sooth the spot.
Another great plant that has healing properties is lavender. Not only is it recognized for its amazing fragrance and brilliant colors it also has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Though the ages, it has been used to treat anxiety, migraines, insomnia and depression.
If you have issues with pesky mosquitoes, consider bringing some catnip into your garden. Not only is it a happy-time elixir for cats it is also a huge repellent to mosquitoes. Research suggests that it repels mosquitoes 10-times more effectively than DEET.
Your garden can be a great resource to help with minor skin irritations and pesky insects. So enjoy your outdoors and all that it has to offer.