Heat rashes ruining your summer? Top 6 Ayurveda tips to calm heat rashes
This is the year of an intense Texan summer. The heat wave coursing through the Southland has us all reaching out for a copious number of tissues, sunscreens, and infusion water. A couple of days back, over 110 million people received heat alerts across the country with a record-setting rise in temperatures. With a heat wave like that, comes a slew of skin problems-the itchy and painful heat rashes, bumps, burnouts, and depigmentation. But thanks to the science of Ayurveda, there is an ample number of ways to protect your skin, mind, and body from the excesses of the heat wave. Let’s see what they are!
A heat rash occurs when excessive sweating cause blockages in the sweat glands and moisture gets trapped within, along with dirt, pollutants, and friction from body-hugging clothes. Heat rashes can be itchy, irritating, and appear in the form of red bumps on the skin. Sometimes climate and at other times too much physical activity or tight clothes or poorly developed sweat glands or even certain types of medications can cause ugly rashes to come up.
So anything you do to cool off the body temperature or temperatures outside or reduce excessive sweating or unclog the sweat glands and reduce inflammations will help you heal the rashes. Here is a quick look at some of the natural remedies you can use to deal with the bad guys.
1. Aloe vera and coconut oil
Aloe vera is the ideal combination of an antimicrobial and soothing or hydrating herb that can quicken the healing of rashes, lesions, and psoriasis patches. Coconut oil, on the other hand, is an excellent natural moisturizer source and has antifungal properties.
2. Turmeric and sandalwood
The bioactive component called curcumin present in turmeric reduces inflammation and fights oxidation well and sandalwood comes with exceptional antiseptic and cooling properties that heal wounds and rashes quickly. Turmeric is also good for treating psoriasis conditions as it helps control flare-ups.
3. ChamomileEven the name of this flowering beauty produces a calming effect in the mind. That apart, this is a known remedy for mild skin irritations, inflammations of the eye, treating heat rashes due to its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and soothing properties.
4. White camphor oil
This is an ingredient often found in Asian homes for various purposes, including religious and spiritual reasons. But it also has incredible healing benefits. It can help relieve the pain, inflammation, and irritations caused by heat rashes. It is also mild and antibacterial which helps reduce infections around the affected area.
But white camphor can be too intense to use directly on the skin. It often helps to use a safe blend of the right essential oils and herbs to heal the skin and restore its natural healthy glow.
For example, Shankara’s Calming Body Wash is an effective and trendy choice for a body wash these days as the climates get a bit unruly, hot, and humid. Infused with herbs and rich in nutrients, this hydrating body wash both soothes and calms the entire body, while the mind relaxes and the senses drink in the pleasant aroma. It also comes with aromas that pacify pitta dosha which is responsible for more body heat.
The lavender present in Shankara’s Calming Body Wash is rich in antioxidants with deep calming and cleansing properties; chamomile is rejuvenating with gentle and soothing properties and geranium purifies and rejuvenates the skin and is balancing all the doshas. Some of the other herbal extracts present as ingredients in the wash are neem, basil, yucca root, lemon balm, calendula, olive leaves, amla, ashwagandha, gotu kola, chamae rose, and everlasting extract.
5. Have a pitta pacifying diet
Another aspect of healing heat rashes includes having a pitta-pacifying diet that reduces the heating element in the body and calms the inflammation.
- Make sure you have vegetables and fruits that have good water content including chestnuts, cucumber, gourds, potatoes, and carrots, among others.
- Have clarified butter in your food
- Soy is a good vegan option to reduce pitta dosha.
- Spices like fennel and coriander can go a long way in fighting pitta dosha.
- Stay away from foods and vegetables that are too sour including pepper, and mustard, among others.
6. Other tips to beat the rash
- Drink at least 4-5 liters of water every day to stay hydrated through the excessively hot climate.
- Look to stay in open and well-ventilated spaces if you are prone to excessive sweating
- Avoid exposure to the sun, especially when the rays of the sun are sharpest and most brutal.
- Take more frequent showers than you otherwise would, during sweltering summer days.
- You need good exfoliation during this time to keep your skin pores open, breathing and free from dirt and pollutants.
- Make sure the skin products you use are non-comedogenic like Shankara’s range of skincare and personal care products.
- Have plenty of fluids including juices and cooling beverages like buttermilk, mint juice, and tender coconut water, among other things.