We didn’t have air conditioning when I was little and we played outside everyday in the summer heat. I remember my mother rubbing us down with a home remedy for what she called heat bumps but I don’t know what she used and she’s gone now so I can’t ask her. I believe what I had is actually called prickly heat which is a rash of tiny blisters that look like little red or pink spots. It is caused by blocked sweat glands and is extremely itchy. It can occur on any part of the body and the best way to care for it is to stay as cool as possible, expose the area to air if possible, and only cover it with light cotton clothing if it must be covered.

Make a splash to spray on the area by diluting 6 drops each of lavender, eucalyptus, and chamomile essential oils in 1 teaspoon of alcohol and shaking it all up in a plant spray bottle with 1 cup of distilled water and spray this on the affected area. A warm bath will help too if you add 4 drops each of lavender and eucalyptus essential oil.

One other really good treatment for prickly heat is to mix lavender and baking soda and then put the mixture in a warm bath. You will need the following ratios for different age groups:

  • 2 years and under – 1/4 cup baking soda to 1 drop lavender
  • 2 – 7 years – 1/2 cup baking soda to 2 drops lavender
  • 8 – 10 years –  1/2 cup baking soda to 3 drops lavender
  • 10 years to adult – 1 cup baking soda to 4 drops lavender

Always mix the lavender and baking soda before putting them in the bathtub. Never put the two ingredients in the tub separately – they must be mixed before you put them in the bath water.


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