Gum disease, commonly referred to as gingivitis, is defined as inflammation surrounding the tissues that support and surround the teeth. It is frequently brought on by inadequate dental hygiene, and the severity of the condition varies greatly.
Naturally, warmer weather means spending more time outside. There will be bug bites, rashes, or sunburns from hiking, biking, and even gardening.
When it comes to treating anything from sunburn to poison ivy to itchy mosquito bites, calamine lotion is the go-to remedy.
Store-bought calamine lotion isn't as chemically dense as many OTC cosmetics or anti-itch lotions, but you can make your own at home for a much lower price.
To use during the summer, make the lotion in small batches and store it in the refrigerator.
- 1 tablespoon sea salt or himalayan salt
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon bentonite clay
- Witch hazel
- 5-10 drops Plant Therapy Peppermint Essential Oil
- 5-10 drops Plant Therapy Chamomile Essential Oil
- plastic or ceramic spoon
- glass jar
- Watch the video or continue below for full step-by-step instructions.
- Add one tablespoon of bentonite clay into a glass jar. The clay helps to draw out toxins while also cleansing and healing the wound. Bentonite clay also helps to reduce the itch at the site of bug bites and rashes.
- Add one tablespoon of baking soda to the mix. Baking soda helps to neutralize bug bites, stings, and some poisonous plants such as poison ivy.
- Add one tablespoon of sea salt to the to jar. The sea salt exfoliates dead or dry skin cells and helps relieve swelling, inflammation, and relieves itchiness.
- Mix well with a plastic or ceramic spoon. Also, you must use a non-metal spoon when working with bentonite clay. Metal will react with the clay, making it less effective.
- Add enough witch hazel to form a smooth, creamy paste. Witch hazel helps cleanse wounds, soothes itching, and reduces inflammation.
- Add in 5-10 drops of peppermint and chamomile essential oils to the mix. Mix well.
- Both peppermint and chamomile have antibacterial, antiseptic, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties to help soothe and heal any rash or bug bite. In addition, chamomile is also a natural antihistamine.
To use: rub a dab of the paste onto the bug bite, rash, or any itchy spot for immediate relief.