Ok – summer has arrived for most parts of the country. Now is the time to prepare yourself for some great weather and all that comes with it. Here are survival tips:
For Insect Bites
> Meat tenderizer. Make a paste with tenderizer and water. Apply to sting or bite.
> Toothpaste, regular flavored, when applied to stings (especially fire ant bites) will relieve itching immediately.
> Orajel – small amount applied to the bite will numb the area.
> Great no-ice icepack. Keep a handful of popcorn kernels in a small, sealed plastic bag and store it in the freezer. The bag takes up little room and always ready to use.
> Witch hazel applied to the affected area soothes the itching.
> Instant tea helps dry the poison ivy. Add one 8 oz jar of tea to warm bath water and soak for 15 minutes. The tannic acid soothes and dries the poison ivy.
> Add 1/2 cup baking soda to warm bath and soak for 15 minutes.
> Oatmeal bath – In a blender, blend 1 cup of oatmeal until it is powder. Place in a nylon stocking and tie the stocking closed. Place the oatmeal filled nylon stocking in a tub of warm water.
> Cornstarch – sprinkle on rashes. It will help relive the temptation to itch.
I will be in Boston for the next 2 days but will over more summer tips when I return.