I love summer & take advantage of long days & warm weather to enjoy the outdoors. I can’t seem to ever get enough of frosty drinks & icy treats, but they can be a source of hidden sugar, artificial flavour & chemicals, so I stay hydrated with healthy home-made recipes that are rich in flavour, but not calories or chemicals. There are some downsides to fun in the sun, including sunburns, heat stroke & bugs. Increased sun exposure also means it’s important to repair & nourish your skin. This guide contains my secrets for handling the hazards of summer so you can enjoy the best of the season. Cheers, Daniela | Tea Master + Owner, SILK ROAD
BUZZ OFF BUGS! Add 5-10 drops WESTCOAST WILDERNESS to a diffuser. Releases an all-natural, non-toxic mist that smells like the fresh forest while warding off flies, insects & wasps. Made with extracts from local trees so an added bonus is the pleasing forest scent. Use indoors or in the yard to keep outdoor gatherings pest-free.
BUG BITES Our HEADACHE & HANGOVER REMEDY ROLL-ON does double duty & also soothes the itch & redness of bug bites. Re-apply as often as needed for relief.
STAY COOL When on road trips, camping, hiking, at weddings, outdoor gatherings, or anytime I need to cool down quickly, my secret weapon is SEA BOTANICAL MIST (spring water infused with peppermint, rosemary & eucalyptus). Spray over face, neck & behind knees to refresh instantly. SEA contains natural plant antioxidants that are beneficial for helping repair skin after sun exposure. Store it in a cooler or in the fridge if you want to make it feel even more refreshing as you apply.
STAY HYDRATED Even if you’re simply sitting in the sun & not being active, it’s easy to get dehydrated. Headaches, heatstroke, heart palpitations, nausea, fatigue, digestive & sleep issues can arise. Increasing fluid intake is important, but beware… not all drinks are hydrating! Limit sugary drinks for adults & kids (including pop & fruit juice). They can negatively impact energy levels, are dehydrating & a hidden source of calories, chemicals, dyes & other ingredients that aren’t healthful. Avoid high caffeine levels (you’ll dehydrate faster) & it can make you less tolerant of heat & lead to other issues including heart palpitations. When you’re sweating, you’re losing minerals as well as water. To compensate, drink teas that are low in caffeine & naturally sweet but are high in minerals & electrolytes. I alternate between electrolyte rich QUENCH TEA (with replenishing minerals & vitamins), & BeauTEAful TEA which tastes more refreshing than water, & provides me with an abundance of skin-loving antioxidants.
MAKE HOME-MADE DRINKS Keep big pitchers of iced tea in the fridge & travel mugs handy so a healthy beverage choice is always on hand whether you’re hanging out a home or heading to the beach or for a hike. Our thermal tea travel mugs are designed to keep cold drinks refreshingly cool. Limit your intake of sugary drinks & treats & you’ll notice a positive difference in energy levels, moods & weight management. Your skin will also look healthier & will be less prone to breakouts & dehydration. It’s fast, easy & economical to make instant home-brewed tea (in 10 min or less) using ice & a tea concentrate. For instructions & delicious recipe ideas click here.
SUNBURN Apply TONIC MASSAGE OIL directly to affected areas. The cooling combination of peppermint, lavender & other soothing oils rich in Vitamin E helps skin recover & makes you feel better faster. Be sure to rehydrate & replenish from within by sipping QUENCH TEA or BeauTEAful TEA when sunburnt as well.
SKINCARE REPAIR The trio of NOURISHING DEW + BeauTEAful TEA + JADE SERUM provide deep repair, nourishment & combat sun damage. Suntan lotion & sweat clog pores which leads to breakouts, enlarged pores, blackheads & other blemishes which may not appear until months after & can cause immediate or delayed havoc with your skin that appears late in summer or even in the fall. Make sure to deep-clean & pamper your complexion weekly with a 10 min MIRACLE MASK treatment. It’s an instant facial… the mineral rich sea clay has an amazing & miraculous effect. Travel sizes of our skincare products are lifesavers – keep your skin hydrated, clean & healthy with sizes that easily tuck into your beach bag or knapsack. Our BASIC SKINCARE KIT offers all the essentials & includes a FREE toner (for your skin type) with purchase.
SLIMMING & TONE To improve muscle tone, reduce cellulite, stimulate circulation & detox, bathe 2-4 times a week with alkaline, mineral-rich DETOX BATHSALTS. Expertly formulated with purifying plant extracts, minerals & sea salts that are designed to optimize your bath & your well-being. Mix with equal parts of our TONIC BATH, BODY & MASSAGE OIL to create a purifying scrub that sloughs off dry skin & leaves your skin with a healthy glow. DETOX TEA is very refreshing iced & supports the body’s natural renewal processes. Need help shedding some winter weight gain? MULBERRY TEA helps block carbohydrate absorption & regulate blood sugar levels, which not only helps weight management but also helps with pre-diabetes & diabetes.
FOOTCARE SOS Sore feet & calves from sightseeing while on holiday or from a long hike? Got dry summer feet from sandals or hanging out at the beach? A footbath & scrub are a lifesaver that rejuvenates your entire being & it’s fast & easy to accomplish even when you’re travelling. Use a plastic tub or in your hotel room, simply fill a tub with enough water to cover ankles. Mix equal parts TONIC MASSAGE OIL + TONIC BATHSALTS to create a foot scrub that removes dryness & keep feet soft & hydrated. Apply the scrub to feet & calves. Rinse scrub off but continue to soak feet 10-15 min. Finally, rinse with cool water. Be very careful to thoroughly dry feet & remove any excess oil so you don’t slip after exiting the tub. Your feet will feel tingly & totally renewed.
HANGOVER REMEDY It’s easy to drink too much alcohol without realizing it in hot weather. QUENCH TEA is expertly formulated as a healthy sports drink for when you’re active & exercising. Since it is rich in electrolytes, antioxidants & minerals, it’s a speedy way to recover from hangovers. Sip 2-4 cups, either hot or iced, and you’ll feel better quickly. Apply HEADACHE & HANGOVER REMEDY ROLL-ON to temples for added relief.
ALLERGIES + SINUS HEALTH Allergies can persist throughout the summer & you can affect you more than you realize. Sitting on or near grass or blooming flowers can irritate sinuses, skin & eyes. Allergies can be a hidden factor behind poor mental focus & fogginess, fatigue, poor sleep & headaches. Scientists are still figuring out the causes of allergies, but there’s new research on natural remedies that prevent & reduce allergy symptoms. Find these ingredients in our ALLERGY & HAY FEVER DEFENSE TEA. Purify the air, combat airborne allergens (including dust, pollen & pet) & improve sinus health with ALLERGY & HAY FEVER DEFENCE ROLL-ON & DIFFUSER BLEND. Keep the ROLL-ON in your bag & use the diffuser at home, work & in the car.
EXTRA DAYLIGHT & HOT WEATHER AFFECTS SLEEP Added daylight can mean waking up earlier & hot weather makes it harder to sleep deeply. Adequate sleep is vital but studies indicate you likely don’t get enough. Sleep boosts brain power, immune function, aids moods, counteracts stress, reduces food cravings, improves the complexion & assists weight management. Take a cool bath with HEAVEN BATHSALTS to reduce your core body temperature (which will aid sleep) & to release physical tension approximately 1 hr before bed. Sip room temperature LULLABY TEA 1hr before bed & apply SWEET DREAMS SLEEP REMEDY ROLL-ON to temples for restful sleep. Apply NIGHT MAGIC SERUM – double duty overnight skin repair moisturizer & sleep aid. Scent the bedroom with SWEET DREAMS DIFFUSER BLEND to maintain deeper sleep. Without realizing it, you can easily consume iced drinks containing high levels of caffeine & sugar to stay cool. Remember to stick to low caffeine, low sugar iced drinks throughout the day in hot weather – check out our Wellness Teas, Herbal, Green & White Teas for refreshing teas that contain no or little caffeine.
Suffering from all of the above? Pick the remedy for the problem that’s bothering you the most & start with that. Switch to another remedy once your symptoms go away.
Healthy habits include avoiding foods & beverages with hidden additives, preservatives & dyes. Look carefully at ingredient labels! SILK ROAD TEAS are expertly blended to optimize tea’s healthful properties & we use fresh, organic ingredients because it results in MORE ANTIOXIDANTS. What’s just as important as the premium quality ingredients we select, are the ingredients we never use – no artificial flavours, colours or hidden sweeteners. We’re also gluten-free, dairy-free & soy-free.
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