Summer is coming soon, so it’s time to prepare your natural remedies. The stuff from last year may be expired or used up. Here are some recipes to help you survive the heat.
Rose vinegar is an excellent sunburn treatment. To make it, just fill a jar or bottle halfway with dried roses, and then fill it with cider vinegar. Let it steep for a week in the refrigerator or a cool dark place. It will last for a year.
Oshun Body Oil
To keep your skin soft and smooth in summer, you need a body oil that you can put on right out of the shower while you are still wet, that conditions your skin and holds in moisture. This recipe also helps to protect you a bit from fungus and other germs that tend to spread in the summer.
In a 1/2 liter bottle, put in about 50 ml of chunks of unrefined shea butter, a teaspoon of honey, and a tablespoon of aloe vera gel. If it’s raw, boil it down first.
Then fill the bottle halfway with olive oil.
Then fill the bottle almost the rest of the way with sunflower oil.
Add 5 drops of helichrysum essential oil, 3 drops of rosemary or tea tree oil, and 5 drops of sea buckthorn (oblipicha) oil.
You can also add whatever other scented oils you like. I like to add the Oshun devotional oil.
African Deodorant Cream
Many southern women swear by cream deodorant. In some places, you can buy this in the store, but if you can’t then here’s how to make your own.
In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon powdered alum, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, and 1 cup melted coconut oil, cocoa butter, or shea butter. Whisk them together very well until they are creamy. You can add scented oils if you like, but make sure they are safe and won’t burn your underarm skin. The alum and baking soda are antimicrobial enough, so oils that do those things aren’t necessary.
Anti Chafing Gel (also hand sanitizer)
If you get seasonal chafing, this recipe will help a lot. Use it once to three times a day after cleaning your creases to keep fungus and bacteria down. Use it every day starting as soon as the weather starts to warm up. Remember not to get any on your mucous membranes. If you use it on your inner thighs, you may want to follow this with some body oil, shea butter, or very heavy hand cream. This recipe can be extended, but be sure to use at least 60% of it is alcohol.
- 2/3 cup rubbing alcohol, strong vodka, Everclear, or other alcohol above 80%
- 1/3 cup aloe vera gel
- 5 drops helichrysum essential oil
Put this in a pump bottle and shake it very well. Then use a bit after you shower.