How to Be Cool
So today I attended an herbal gathering class and received an herbal tea and vinegar mixture, recipes, sage advice and wilted from the heat all within three hours and 65 degrees. I can already hear your mocking snicker. That’s ok, I’m quite use to being made fun of for hiding indoors on the loveliest of days.
Truth be told, there are many people who cannot handle heat exposure for long and it is known as heat intolerance or heat sensitivity. This can be caused by menopause, hyperthyroidism, caffeine and amphetamines, chronic conditions and multiple sclerosis (Heat Intolerance, n.d.).
Whatever the case may be, we should all be prepared anytime we are exposed to the sun and hot temperatures for prolonged periods of time. Some of the easiest things you can do are wear light, breathable clothing, a hat and drink plenty of water. Please note that I said water and not liquids as too often people think any cold drink will do the trick. Sodas, caffeine and alcoholic beverages can dehydrate you. Also add some time in the shade or air conditioning to reduce the heat’s impact on your body.
Next time you’re ready to head outdoors and worship the sun, consider bringing along this cooling and refreshing herbal iced tea. One great herb is peppermint, which has anti-inflammatory and cooling properties. The addition of orange and lemon slices is for extra flavor.
Be Cool Iced Tea
- 2 teaspoons of dried peppermint
- 16 oz. of boiling water
- 2 round slices of orange
- 2 round slices of lemon
- Honey to taste (optional)
- Add the dried peppermint to the boiling water and let steep for 5-10 minutes
- Strain and discard the peppermint and stir in the honey to dissolve
- Store tea in a pitcher and add the orange and lemon slices, refrigerate
- Serve the tea with ice and enjoy
On a final note, please remember to keep your four-legged children cool as they can only pant to cope with the heat. Some water to drink and a cool bath will go a long ways to keeping your pet happy and healthy.
Heat Intolerance. (n.d.). New Health Guide. Retrieved from http://www.newhealthguide.org/Heat-Intolerance.html.
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