Happy 4th of July! Right on time, the corn is popping up at roadside farm stands and backyard gardens are bursting with tomatoes. Along with those favorite summer foods comes a not-so-favorite summer thing – heat and humidity.
As you know, I do what I can to live eco-friendly. I do use central air conditioning in my home, but I don’t have it blasting to the point of freezing. There are times when it still gets a bit warm inside. Instead of turning down the thermostat, this mother-earth-lovin’ gal tries to find other ways to keep cool during summer’s hottest days so I don’t look like a wilted flower when I head out.
Here are a few natural cooling tricks.
Drink water or unsweetened caffeine-free iced tea. Sugary drinks, caffeine and certainly alcohol are your enemies if you’re trying to stay cool. A glass of water or unsweetened caffeine-free tea will help hydrate you and cool you off. Liven them up by adding some fresh squeezed citrus or a few mint leaves.
Keep the kitchen cool. Eat cold dinners like salads topped with store-bought rotisserie chicken on the hottest of days. Or, use your slow cooker for summer meals so you don’t heat up the oven or stove.
Put a cool, wet washcloth on the back of your neck. When someone blows on the back of your neck, you get a chill throughout your body, right? A wet washcloth placed on the back of the neck can help chill the body, too.
Drip Dry. You already know that sweating is your body’s natural cooling method. As the water evaporates off your skin, you cool down. The water on your skin doesn’t need to be sweat for this to happen, though. After a cool shower, don’t towel off. Allow yourself to drip dry as your put on your makeup, and by the time you’re ready to get dressed, you’ll be dry and cool.
Bring the hot water bottle to bed. What? Hot water bottle? I haven’t gone crazy. I didn’t say to fill it with hot water, did I? Fill it with ice and cold water and put it right under your knees as you’re lying in bed. That’ll keep you cool so you can fall asleep more easily.
Keep cool and enjoy the holiday, beauties!
Pure Love Grows, Donna XOXOXO