Headaches, nausea and dizziness from lying in the sun can be alleviated with natural products, such as lavender oil or peppermint oil, blueberry infusion and ginger. Mild forms of heatstroke manifest themselves through headaches, fatigue and exhaustion due to dehydration and can be treated at home. When we expose ourselves to the sun, our brain overheats and inevitably symptoms start appearing. In such situations, the thumb rule is to avoid the sun and stay in a properly ventilated place. In addition, drink room-temperature liquids and apply cold compresses to your head and nape.
1.Lemon mineral water for quick hydration
The less liquid we drink the less we sweat, and shortly our body overheats, because it cannot eliminate heat. You are one step away from dehydration. Act promptly by recognizing the symptoms: excessive thirst, dry lips, skin and eyes, heavy breathing and dry swollen tongue. To prevent these, it is ideal to drink a glass of water every 30 minutes. Few people follow this advice. On torrid summer days our body is under thermal stress, therefore it is essential to be hydrated more than ever and eat as many fresh fruit and vegetables. In this period it is highly advisable to drink mineral water in which you can add lemon zest in order to replenish your minerals and water intake that were lost through sweating. The high hydration level and the electrolytes balance can be replenished by homemade elderflower fizzy drink, boza and green tea. Moreover, green tea is effective against dizziness, because it contains antioxidants that work like a tonic for the brain. To prepare the drink, you need a cup of boiling water and a teaspoon of minced green leaves. Sip the drink throughout the day until 4 pm.
If you are exposed to sun and heat and your head starts aching, it means you are about to have a heatstroke. So, stay away from the sun and hydrate yourself in order for your body to eliminate excess heat. To calm your headache, the fastest and most effective remedy is mint oil. Massage your temples with circular movements. At the same time, for better action, wash your feet in a basin and add a few drops of peppermint essential oil. Headaches due to heatstroke can be alleviated with blueberry infusion, fruit which have the ability to protect blood vessels and veins. The infusion is prepared from two teaspoons of dry fruit and 250 ml of boiling water. Leave the cup covered for 15 minutes, filter it and let it cool until it reaches room temperature. Drink three cups of blueberry tea sweetened with a little honey daily.
In case of prolonged exposure to the sun leading to nausea, peppermint is recommended, since it is among the most effective remedies for such problems. Prepare the infusion from a teaspoon of dry fruit and a cup of boiling water. Drink two or three cups a day. Peppermint can be replaced with ginger. Ginger pills are effective as well. Moreover, ginger tea and other beverages with ginger can be ingested. If you bear its spicy taste, ginger can be chewed. This way it is twice as effective, because the active substances are immediately absorbed, thus nausea wears off faster. Another remedy on hand is the clove. To fight off nausea, chew cloves every 30 minutes, because the spicy taste remains on the larynges and the nausea wears off.
Besides the anti-stress properties, lavender is an excellent remedy for sun burnt skin, which is often associated with heatstroke. Lavender oil has antiseptic, antispasmodic, and soothing properties. Besides its soothing effect, lavender oil is a very good remedy against sun burns, calming the tingling and itchiness. What’s more, it leaves a pleasant, cool feeling. Lavender oil is massaged softly on the sun burnt areas until it permeates the skin. Likewise, olive oil speeds up skin cell regeneration. If you have neither oils, use yoghurt. Apply it for 20 minutes and take it off with cold water. Apply the yoghurt layer every 3 hours. In the meantime, add cold compresses on the entire body and drink as many liquids as possible.
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