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Seasonal Apothecary


The Balmy days of summer are slowly settling in as our bodies finally begin to adapt to an easy, carefree pace. long days In The sun invite ample play, but can also be exhausting and dehydrating. The following SImple remedies can be used to support your health all summer long.


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Summer allergies? Listen up.

We’re all familiar with the spring allergy culprits such as freshly popped weeds and swirling pollen—but what’s the deal with summer allergies?

Summertime brings a whole new gang that revs up our histamine pathways (responsible for itchy eyes, runny nose, irritated skin, etc) such as insects (mosquitos, ants, bees, etc), smog (yup, its significantly worse in the summer due to the heat), freshly cut grass, and weeds. It’s also important to note that dust mites peak during the warm and humid summer months (mold too, yikes!) and find their way into linens, in and under furniture, the air, and more.

So, what to do?

1. Clean: Yes, seems obvious, but out of all the other recommendations this one is by far the most impactful. Cleaning vents, under dusty furniture, washing throw rugs, blankets, and linens a couple times per month, and consider getting an air purifier if allergies are a year round event for you.

2. Local Honey: The key here is it MUST BE local. Local bees harvest the exact pollen that is creating your allergies, and when given in small doses (about 1 tsp per day) this medicinal treat actually acclimates our body to the offending allergen and settles our immune system.

3. Vitamin C: We’ve talked about the importance of Vitamin C in past seasons, but this multi-purpose vitamin also stabilizes our histamine reaction—meaning that it lessens our immune response which is the root of allergy symptoms. Aim to take 2-3 grams per day when allergies are acting up.


My Top Two Summertime Remedies

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In all honesty, medicine making and remedy taking slows down significantly for me in the summer. I instead focus on eating and drinking the abundance of fresh foods all around me. But, that doesn’t mean you won’t find me in the kitchen whipping up some simple + Handy concoctions like the ones shared below. Infused water = life in the summer, and sunburns are unfortunately inevitable. So, enjoy the following top two remedies for summer!

Infused Water

Hydration—yes we know how important it is, and after endless glasses of plain old water things can get a little boring. So, if you’re looking for a new (and more exciting) way to stay hydrated try adding some of summer’s abundance to your water. Plant-infused water is a gorgeous way to increase your water intake while also reaping the benefits of all the vitamins, nutrients, and minerals of your plant allies. For example — a tall glass of citrus peel and rosehip water isn’t just nice to look at, but also packed with vitamin C and a ton of antioxidants! Below you will find three easy and visually appealing 2-ingredient infusions that you can enjoy all summer long.

 
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Blueberry + Mint


Blueberries are packed with phytonutrients and antioxidants which are great for summer skin, and mint is such a cooling and refreshing way to revive nearly every body system.

To one pitcher (about 1/2 gallon) add the following:

1 cup of organic blueberries (fresh or frozen)

1 large handful of mint of your choice (chocolate mint, strawberry mint, peppermint, spearmint, etc!)

Then, lightly muddle the ingredients with a wooden spoon. Pour ice water over the concoction until you reach the top. Cap and let sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours. Enjoy!

Citrus + Rosehip


Vitamin C is our best friend during any season to keep immunity high and skin glowing! Citrus peels are not to be thrown away and instead tossed into your water glass!

To one pitcher (about 1/2 gallon) add the following:

1 large handful of cirtus peels (grapefruit, orange, etc)

1/4 cup Rosehips (dried, or fresh if you’re able to gather them at the end of summer/beginning of fall where you live!)

Then, lightly muddle the ingredients with a wooden spoon. Pour ice water over the concoction until you reach the top. Cap and let sit in the fridge for at least 3-4 hours. Enjoy!

Lemon + Rosemary


Lemon water is a well known combo, but let me tell you friends, adding fresh rosemary takes it to an entirely different level. The digestive powers lemon and rosemary bring to the table are an excellent choice when beach eats and BBQ’s are on heavy rotation this summer.

To one pitcher (about 1/2 gallon) add the following:

3-4 lemons, cut in half, quartered, or sliced

1 bunch of fresh Rosemary

Squeeze the juice from the lemon into your pitcher, making sure to catch the seeds and remove them. Lightly muddle the remaining ingredients with a wooden spoon. Pour ice water over the concoction until you reach the top. Cap and let sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours. Enjoy!

After Sun Spray

With the perfect blend of hydrating, cooling, and restorative ingredients, this after-sun spray is something I lean on heavily during the summer months. After a long day spent in the sun, after a dip in the pool, or even mid-day, this spray is the perfect pick-me-up for stressed summer skin. It’s an incredibly easy formula (made with ingredients you likely already have in your home!). Watch the quick tutorial below for instruction on blending your own, and some bonus information!

To recap, this is What you’ll need:

  • Small mixing bowl

  • 1/4c-1/2c witch hazel extract

  • 2 tbs aloe vera gel

  • 2 tbs oil of your choice (castor, olive, vitamin E, etc—just make sure its liquid at room temperature)

  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil, 3 drops lavender essential oil, 3 drops frankincense essential oil

  • 2-4oz spray bottle

  • Fork or whisk to incorporate the ingredients