Updated: Nov 4, 2019
Holy moly is August turning out to be a hot one. I remember when I was younger I used to think I was a hot climate kind of girl. Now I realize that couldn't be further from the truth. As much as I'd love to live in jeans and longsleeves, that is just not a great option right now. Fortunately I have found natural ways to help me stay cool, like placing a small red tablecloth on my black leather seats in my vehicle to avoid burning my biscuits. Don't worry, the list gets better. I've got some other natural ways you may have not heard about that I use to cope with the hot summer temps. Keep reading for tips on how to beat the heat naturally.
1) Hot/Cold Rice Packs
I've pretty much had a rice pack in my household for my whole life. They are fantastic. I store mine in the freezer, so when I need something cold it's ready to rock. And when I need something hot, I just pop it in the microwave for a couple minutes. A cold rice pack can be used anytime, not just for injuries. So on a hot summer day when you feel like you just can't cool off, take your cold rice pack and rest it on the back of your neck. You'll feel cooler right away. Rice pack sleeves come in super fun patterns to match your personality. Look for one that has a removable sleeve for easy cleaning.
2) Peppermint Essential Oil
When applied topically, Peppermint provides a cooling sensation. I love applying Peppermint to the back of my neck and ankles to cool down. If you have sensitive skin, you'll want to dilute the Peppermint in a carrier oil such as coconut oil or grapeseed oil. You can add it to a roller for easy application or mix with distilled water in a small spray bottle to mist onto your skin. Make sure you avoid contact with your eyes (yes, I know from experience). Peppermint essential oil is a perfect addition to your golf bag and your purse to help you cool down anytime you need it.
3) Stay Hydrated
With these hot days we can perspire more, making it important to keep ourselves hydrated. However, I hear all the time how people struggle with drinking water because it's so boring. Try adding citrus oils like Tangerine Vitality to your glass of water for a tasty, refreshing beverage. Vitality oils are labeled for dietary usage and are a great addition to beverages. Wondering if you might be dehydrated? Check out these signs from Healthline.com.
4) NingXia Red Popsicles
What's delicious on a hot day? Popsicles of course! But if you're not into a whole bunch of sugar and artificial dyes, I totally get you. Opt for a healthier version by making your own with NingXia Red. Check out this recipe from Young Living Training and Education's Facebook page:
5) Change Up Your Routine at Home
There are some practical things you can do while at home to stay cool.
Adjust Your Ceiling Fan
Did you know your ceiling fan should rotate clockwise during winter months and counterclockwise during summer months? Also during the summer, you'll want your fan to run on a higher speed. With the fan turned off and blades still, locate the switch on the fan to change it's direction. Seriously, make sure the blades are still. Yes, this I also know from experience.
Avoid the Oven
An oven in use can really heat up a house. Opt for recipes that don't require use of your oven. I've been loving on my toaster oven and outdoor grill for most of my summer cooking. My new favorite thing to make on the grill? BACON! So delicious and much less mess than cooking on the stove top or in the oven. Slow cookers and Instapots are other great ways to make delicious meals without turning on the oven. And don't forget about "cold" meals like salads and sandwiches. Or just eat ice cream.
Hang Out in the Basement
Basements are typically cooler than main and upper levels in the summertime. Our upstairs is so much warmer than the basement, but I hate having the air conditioner run nonstop. Spend your downtime downstairs to keep cool.
What natural ways do you stay cool? Share in the comments below!
About the Author: Serena James is a holistic healer and natural wellness enthusiast. She offers a variety of energy healing services and natural wellness solutions to help individuals experience a life of love, abundance, and wellness as they were meant to.
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease or illness. Any action you take as a result of this information is self-prescribed and your right to do so.