10 Health Hacks for Summer

  • Eat local honey to prevent hayfever

    Eat local honey to prevent hayfever

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    For mild hayfever, eating local honey can help you to build immunity to local pollens. Try a teaspoon a day in hot water, with plain yoghurt, on porridge or even in a sandwich. You can find local honey in any nearby garden centre or farm shop.

  • Stop itchy eyes with cucumber slices

    Stop itchy eyes with cucumber slices

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    Hayfever making your eyes itch and water? Once you've popped your antihistamine try placing cool cucumber over your poor old peepers to soothe them while your tablet takes effect.

  • Use aloe vera to soothe itchy bites

    Use aloe vera to soothe itchy bites

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    Bitten to death by our creepy crawly friends? Aloe vera gel is fantastic for soothing those infuriating itches. It should help relieve swelling and redness faster too.

  • Use dock leaves to soothe nettle stings

    Use dock leaves to soothe nettle stings

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    Stinging nettles are a common summertime hazard but the perfect remedy grows fortuitously close by. Scrunch up a big dock leaf and rub it gently into the affected area to relieve your stings.

  • Cool sunburn with a cold milk compress

    Cool sunburn with a cold milk compress

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    Painful sunburn? Cold milk is great for cooling down your ouchy red bits. Simply use cool milk and a flannel compress to relieve the burn.

  • Soothe bee stings with crushed garlic

    Soothe bee stings with crushed garlic

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    This smelly remedy is an old and effective one. If you're the victim of a bee sting this summer, crush garlic into a paste and apply over the sting for fast relief.

  • Soothe wasp stings with baking powder

    Soothe wasp stings with baking powder

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    Stung by a yellow and black beastie? Baking powder can help reduce swelling. Mix the powder into a paste with a little water and apply a coat over the affected area.

  • Alleviate jellyfish stings with vinegar

    Alleviate jellyfish stings with vinegar

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    Visiting the beach this summer? For mild jellyfish stings try applying vinegar or hot water to calm the pain. If it's serious, make sure you consult a doctor.

  • Use grated cucumber to soothe sunburn

    Use grated cucumber to soothe sunburn

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    Grated cucumber is great for cooling sunburned skin. Grate this watery vegetable into a pulp and gently rub it into your pink bits to prevent tenderness and peeling.

  • Burn citronella to deter mosquitoes

    Burn citronella to deter mosquitoes

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    Avoid getting bitten altogether by burning citronella to deter the little blighters on long warm summer nights. You can buy citronella candles or simply add citronella essential oil to normal tea lights!

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