Summer is just around the corner, which means more fun, more sun and a lot more insects. Here are three tips on how to have a safe and fun summer.
Tip 1: WEAR SUNSCREEN. Nothing ruins a summer day like getting a sunburn. To reduce your risk of skin cancer and premature aging, wear a natural sunscreen with broad spectrum protection (both UVA and UVB). Just don’t forget to reapply!
A great option for a natural sunscreen is Green Beaver’s Organic SPF 30 Sunscreen.
Tip 2: NATURAL INSECT REPELLENT. You can make your own natural insect repellent by combing essential oils, water, and witch hazel. Fill up a spray bottle with a water to witch hazel ratio of 1:1. For example, if you add 50 mL of water, you will also add 50 mL of witch hazel to the spray bottle. Then add 30- 50 drops of an essential oil blend. One of my favourite blends is 5 drops of eucalyptus essential oil, 10 drops of peppermint essential oil, 15 drops of lavender essential oil, and 20 drops of citronella essential oil.
Looking to purchase a great natural insect repellent? Try Saje’s B-gone Chemical Free Outdoor Mist.
Tip 3: STAY HYDRATED. On those hot summer days, make sure you have your reusable water bottle to stay hydrated. You can make your own flavoured water by adding frozen fruits and herbs. My favourite combo is frozen raspberries, lime slices, and mint. Very refreshing!
Dr. Lukasko in a naturopathic doctor practicing at Ocean Wellness in North Vancouver. She is currently accepting new patients.