Those who know me personally know that I am very, very sensitive to heat and humidity. I often joke that a deep thought can cause my forehead to bead up with moisture. And because breaking a sweat for no good reason at all (like merely blinking or changing my facial expression) puts me in a really bad mood, I’ve gathered a few tips and created a brief Keep Cool Kit.
Enjoy and Be Well!
Start your day with a cooling shower courtesy of Dr. Bonner’s 18:1 Hemp Peppermint Castile Soap. An organic blend of coconut, olive, hemp, jojoba and peppermint oils allows even the hottest showers to finish with a refreshing sensation. It rinses clean. So, fragrances can been worn without any interference. It is also made in both liquid and bar forms. Those with more sensitive skin can easily dilute the liquid , which incidentally works great in a cold compress for the face.
Adding Watermelon to your diet is a great way to stay hydrated and nourished. Containing Vitamins A, C and B6, it is praised for its antioxidant value, immunity boosting power and energizing capability. It also has the highest levels of lycopene-great benefit to men, and the rind contains the amino acid citrulline which helps our muscles resist fatigue.
Treating yourself to an iced Hibiscus tea provides a wonderful pick-me-up as well as helps to reduce heat induced swelling. Sorrel, as it is known in Jamaica, is an antihypertensive. So if the morning workload was unusually stressful, Hibiscus tea can help bring the blood pressure back down.
End your day with the healing touch of Aloe Vera. The gel of this plant can be used topically to repair sun and environmental damage and internally as a mild laxative. Those looking to ingest the gel or juice may want to opt for the pre-prepared versions. Lily of the Desert makes both the gel and the juice. Go organic to avoid allergic reactions to pesticides and herbicides.
As always, please speak with your doctor if you are taking medications you think may be complicated by any of the suggestions provided.