Surviving through a Wisconsin summer comfortably at times feels as rough as getting through a dreary winter. The hot humid days, the thousands of hungry blood sucking mosquitoes, and the bugs that destroy your garden can all make for some frustrating summer days. And chances are, if you’re just as terrified of cancer as the rest of us, using chemicals to keep the bugs away is just not an option. The alternative options are to buy organic products that are often pricey and difficult to find or learning how to make homeopathic remedies for little to no cost to you. Lets focus on the ladder.
One of my favorite homeopathic remedies that won’t cost you a dime and will keep those hungry mosquitoes away consists of onionskin, garlic skins and water. It doesn’t get much easier then this. All you have to do is save your onions and garlic skins in an empty mason jar in the fridge. After you have saved enough to fill a jar, dump the skins in a pail and fill the pail with water. Let this sit in the sun for a week. Strain out the onion peels and garlic skins and there you have it. Fill up a few spray bottles and say goodbye to those pesky mosquitoes.
If you’ve been growing a beautiful lush garden this year and have noticed pesky bugs crawling all around your tomatoes, you can use this same spray on them. You can also bury the onion and garlic skins around plants that are prone to aphids, spiders or any other pests to rid them away. Who knew your dinner scraps would come in so handy? Another health conscious pesticide that is very effective and potent is concocted by pureeing 3 hot green peppers with three garlic cloves. Pour this mixture into your spray bottle and add ¾ tsp. liquid organic dish soap (Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap is a great option) and three cups of water. You will want to let this stand for 24 hours. Strain out the pulp then spray onto your bug infested plants. Make sure to always coat the tops and bottoms of the leaves. Another way to keep bugs away from your tomatoes or other plants is to wrap tinfoil around the base of the plant. Insects become confused by the shinny reflection, thus driving them away. With these homeopathic remedies the bugs will stop eating your veggies so you don’t have to.
What to do about the hot humid days? The most important thing is to stay hydrated. One fact to keep in mind is that water is not always enough to prevent you from dehydration. Dehydration occurs when your electrolytes become imbalanced. Keeping your electrolytes balanced is crucial. Electrolytes are vital elements such as potassium, calcium, sodium and magnesium. When you sweat urinate or lose fluids in any way you deplete electrolytes in the bloodstream. Normally electrolytes are replaced through healthy eating however sometimes you need a boost if you have been in our summer heat and thus sweating excessively. The most basic electrolyte drink you can make at home consists of two quarts of water, one teaspoon of salt, one teaspoon of baking soda and half a teaspoon of salt substitute (potassium salt.) Another electrolyte replenishing drink that you can make at home is made up of ¼ cup of lemon juice, ¼ cup of lime juice, one teaspoon of salt, one whole squeezed orange and one liter of water. The first mixture is the one I have always used and it’s proven to be very effective.
Theses are just a few of the many homeopathic options out there that will help you get through the summer more comfortably. The main idea is to stick to natural remedies so you’re not doing your body more harm then good.