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Is serious and it cannot only effect people but pets too! The Mayo Clinic has a great quick reference guide to help you know the warning signs, and when to call 911 to prevent Heat Exhaustion turning into Heat Stroke.
One of the take away’s for me, was medications such as blood pressure and summer time alcohol drinking can be a contributing factor to people being more prone to Heat Stroke.
For our animal friends Dr. Becker, DVM has helpful tips in her article about animals and Heat Stroke. Animals often have problems when left in a car during the summer months and the owner thinks – I ‘m only popping into to the store for a few minutes and don’t realize how quickly the heat can rise in a car! Dr. Melissa Shelton, who uses Young Living Essential oils, recommends that your first aid kit should have the essential oil of peppermint.
In the case of Heat Stroke you should apply Young Living peppermint essential oil to the ear flaps and paws and get your dog to the vet immediately. Since I am not a doctor, I cannot say for sure if the essential oil of peppermint would be good for people. However, my “gut” feeling is that would have a similar effect. I would be applying it on the bottom of the feet to help and getting the person medical care as soon as possible.
Swimming Pools and Beaches
Everyone enjoys a “dip” in the pool, lake and ocean. However the chlorine in the pool might not be strong enough to deal with E. coli that comes from children swimming in the pool. Children can have “accidents” and the fecal matter ends up in the water. Unfortunately, our oceans and lakes aren’t as pristine as they use to be. Sewage treatment plants can be just down the road, major storms can upset in the environment and release toxic substance that were under control.
Good hygiene is a helpful way to manage this exposure and using Young Living Products such as Thieves soap, and cleaner are natural ways to work with what mother nature dishes out, and not harm the environment too.
I use to be able to fetch the baseball out of the poison ivy patch and not have any problems, but as I’ve aged this has changed. I am extremely careful now because, one winter I got poison ivy from some wood that I was carrying into the house to make a fire in the wood stove. So, I appreciate Dr. Oz pointing out that you can get poison ivy months later due to the “poison ivy resin” that is left behind on garden tools, wood, and yes your pet’s fur too!
There are many approaches to how to deal with poison ivy and poison oak. I prefer to take a more natural approach. I have several tools in my tool basket, and I will “check-in” energetically to see what one will work best. Listed below are some ways that I have used to help with this pesky plant. However, if the poison ivy gets out of control, your doctor is your best friend, and you should seek medical care!
Shari’s tool box includes:
Homeopathy, Kitchen Cabinet remedies, and even plant known as Jewel weed can help.
A Young Living friend has written a great blog on “Camping.” There is a great section on dealing with all the “Ivys” by using Young Living Essential oils and products. I love the idea of using Young Livings “Ultra Tooth paste” to dry up poison ivy!
I trust that these summer times tips and education will help you enjoy all that summer has to offer. Be prepared, keep a first aid kit handy, and if needed remember to check-in with your doctor.
There will be one more post on Summer Time tips…so stay tuned.
Wellness advocate for People and Animals ~Shari
Shari Sternberger is a Holistic Practitioner with Elements Of Energy, LLC in Highland, MD. She is a Charter Member of the Howard County Village Connector and founder of National Capital Therapy Dogs, a non-profit serving the Baltimore/Washington corridor with heartwarming therapy dog visits to local hospitals. You can reach Shari at 301-854-0403or at Shari@ElementsofEnergy.com