Prickly heat is an uncomfortable condition that seems to run in my family. Thankfully, it missed me but my youngest daughter had it when she was a child and now her son has it too. She recently sent me a picture of my oldest grandson’s back and asked me what could possibly be wrong with him. He had a rash of tiny blisters that looked like little pinkish or reddish spots. My first thought was that he had contracted scabies from one of the many pets he has but luckily it turned out to be prickly heat. When my daughter found out it was prickly heat, she remembered she used to have it when she was little and how much it itched.

To treat prickly heat, the first thing to do is to stay as cool as possible. Expose the affected areas to air when you can and only wear cool light clothing when you must be covered. You can also apply a splash  made by blending 6 drops each eucalyptus, lavender and chamomile in a teaspoon of alcohol and shaking it all in a cup of spring water. A warm bath is soothing too if you add 4 drops each of lavender and eucalyptus. An aromatherapy bath is even better for prickly heat if you add baking soda to the water. When you add baking soda, leave out the eucalyptus and mix the lavender in the baking soda before you put it in the water.

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January 2021