With some places in the United States well into triple digit temperatures, and heat records being broken daily, it’s turning out to be one scorcher of a summer. And this kind of heat makes cooling off not just a luxury, but a necessity.
On the other hand, running the air conditioning twenty-four seven (if you’re even lucky enough to have it) would cost you an arm and a leg. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Stay cool and beat the heat all summer long
Keep reading to find out nine easy, and natural, tricks for staying cool this summer.
1. Create a cool breeze:
This old-fashioned trick for beating the heat has stood the test of time. And that’s because it couldn’t be simpler or more effective.
Fill a roasting pan or large bowl with ice water, and place it directly in front of a fan. As the air blows over the water it will produce an icy breeze that will help cool the entire room down fast.
2. Target your pulse points:
Pulse points are areas on your body where blood vessels run closer to the skin so you can feel your pulse. These same pulse points also happen to be the perfect place to target to cool yourself down. Applying cold water or ice to these spots will cool your blood, and your overall body temperature right along with it.
Keep a few small zipper freezer bags filled with water in your freezer. When the temperature soars grab one, wrap it in a dish towel to protect your skin and apply it to your various pulse points.
The ones most folks already know about are the insides of the wrists and the back of the neck, which are a great place to start. But they aren’t the only pulse points on your body. Other ones to try are the insides of your elbows, behind your knees, the tops of your feet, the insides of your ankles, your inner thighs and your temples.
3. Make a mist:
Sweating is your body’s built in cooling system. When you’re hot you sweat, and as the liquid evaporates off of your skin it cools you down. But it turns out you can get the same effect without working up a sweat.
Buy an inexpensive misting bottle—typically less than $4 at your local hardware or general store—and fill it with cool water. You can add a few small slivers of ice if you like, and then mist your arms, face and legs. As the water evaporates it will cool your skin.
Take it to the next level by adding a couple drops of peppermint or spearmint oil to the water. The coolness of the mint will be even more refreshing. But be sure to avoid spraying your face if you are using essential oils.
4. Unplug it and turn it off:
If it runs on electricity it generates heat. Even if it’s a small gadget, or an eco-friendly lightbulb, some heat is being generated. And when you combine an entire household of electronics and lights it sends indoor temperatures climbing.
So when they aren’t in use go ahead and unplug electronics and switch off the lights. This alone can drop the temperature inside your home by a couple of degrees.
5. Bring a bit of the spa home:
Keep a couple of cucumbers in the fridge so they stay nice and cold. Then at the end of a hot day relax with slices over your eyes as if you were at a high-end spa.
Unlike ice cubes the cucumbers are gentle enough to place directly on your eyes. But like those ice cubes they’ll help bring down your temperature. Plus they’ll reduce any puffiness that’s built up from slogging through another long sweaty day, leaving you looking and feeling refreshed
6. Freeze your sheets:
We’ll admit freezing your bedsheets does sound a bit weird, but once you give it a try you’ll be addicted.
Before you turn in for the night put your pillow cases and top sheet in a bag and place them in the freezer. Leave them in the freezer for at least a half an hour as you get ready for bed.
Right before hitting the hay make the bed. When you climb in the instant cool will have you slipping off to sleep in no time.
7. Adjust the ceiling fans:
If you’re like a lot of folks you don’t realize ceiling fans have two settings, clockwise and counterclockwise, that you should be changing depending on the season. Making the switch could make a huge difference in how comfortable your home feels.
In winter you’ll want your ceiling fans to turn clockwise. This pushes warm air down into the room. But in the summer be sure to set them to run counterclockwise so they draw the warm air up and away from you.
8. Blow the hot air out:
When the temperatures are soaring outside, and it feels like an oven indoors, rather than setting the window fan to blow more hot air in from the outside, turn it around. This will push the hot air that’s trapped in your home out, cooling the room while providing air flow.
9. Sip on some cooling tea:
Mint and chrysanthemum teas have been used for centuries to help cool the body from the inside, lowering body temperature. Brew up a batch and sip on a cup hot or iced. Either way will help cool you down.
This summer may be one for the record books, but you can still beat the heat with these nine natural summer heat solutions.