(NaturalNews) Summer is an exciting season filled with swimming pools and barbeques. Unfortunately, increased time spent outdoors often results in painful sunburns and itchy bug bites that can ruin the fun in a hurry. There are many commercial products available for relieving the discomfort. However, if you would prefer to know exactly what you are rubbing into your skin, then next time you suffer from one of these summertime fun-wreckers, head to your kitchen for one of these all-natural remedies instead!
Of course it is best to avoid getting a sunburn in the first place by eating a diet high in antioxidant-rich foods, wearing protective clothing during peak sunshine hours, etc. But if you do inadvertently get sunburned, there are many natural home remedies available. Aloe Vera gel and apple cider vinegar are among the more widely-known remedies, but there is another source of relief that can be found in your refrigerator as well. Applying egg whites to a sunburn will cool the burn, ease the pain and offer immediate and lasting relief. Just crack open a farm-fresh egg, and separate the yolk from the white. Rub the egg white over the affected skin, and allow it to dry completely. Do not rinse. If possible, allow the egg white to remain on the skin overnight. Enjoy the immediate relief and cooling sensation and reapply after bathing or as necessary if pain returns.
Itchy bug bites can really put a damper on your summertime fun and they can even disrupt your sleep at night. Banana skins offer immediate and lasting relief from itchy bug bites and they will also relieve any pain or swelling associated with the bites. Just peel a banana and tear off a bit of the skin. Rub the inside of the skin over the bite. It will be a bit slimy at first, so be sure to let it dry well. Do not rinse. Reapply as needed; generally every couple of hours. Be sure to save your banana skin in the refrigerator or freezer so you don't have to eat another banana for every application.
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