In the south July temperatures can climb to the 90′s or higher. When we get warm our bodies perspire to cool us down. When we perspire and our bodies retain the moisture in our clothing we sometimes get “Prickly Heat” rashes or blisters on our bodies. These blisters or rashes can happen anywhere on our bodies but are usually in areas that are being kept moist from perspiration and are not able to dry.
Women tend to find “Prickly Heat” under their bra or bra straps and around their pantie lines. Men may experience “Prickly Heat” around their collars or waistband areas. Wearing cotton clothing allows our clothing to dry more quickly and possibly help us to avoid “Prickly Heat.” But if you find you have a case of “Prickly Heat” you should expose the area to air and cover only with light cotton clothing.
Treatment for “Prickly Heat” can be a splash made by diluting 6 drops each of Eucalyptus, Lavender, and Chamomile Essential Oils to a teaspoon of alcohol (Vodca is fine) and shaking it all up in a cup of Spring Water then apply the mixture to the area affected by “Prickly Heat.”
Another treatment for “Prickly Heat” is making a mixture of Baking Soda and Lavender and adding them to a warm bath for a relaxing and soothing soak. The recipe is One Cup of Baking Soda mixed with 4 drops of Lavender Essential Oil. Add this under the tap as you are filling the tub.
If your child has “Prickly Heat” you can change the above recipe to accomodate the child.
Baby under Two years: 1/4 cup Baking Soda and 2 drops of Lavender Essential Oil. Two to Seven Years: 1/2 cup Baking Soda and 2 drops of Lavender Essential Oil. Eight to Ten years: 1/2 cup Baking Soda and 3 drops of Lavender Essential Oil. Ten Years to Adult: one cup of Baking Soda and 4 drops of Lavender Essential Oil.
Keep dry and cool this summer!