How to stay naturally cool this summer

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(ARA)—It’s easy to overexert yourself during the inevitable summertime heat wave. There are simple precautions you can take to deal with heat and humidity. The key is to not interfere with the body’s natural ability to keep cool:

•Wear white or light-colored fabrics to reflect radiant heat.

•Choose open-weave, loose-fitting cotton or linen clothing to allow airflow and evaporation.

•Shade your head, neck and face with a comfortable, wide-brimmed hat.

•Take breaks to rest, and avoid prolonged exertion.

•Regularly drink plenty of cool, non-alcoholic, caffeine-free beverages, plus the occasional sports drink to maintain electrolyte balance.

Tom Havran, product specialist with Aura Cacia (www.auracacia.com), offers this recipe using essential oils to naturally enhance your efforts to keep cool in hot weather:

Cool and Fresh Eucalyptus Body Mist

Ingredients:

4 ounces water

1 teaspoon plain vinegar or herb-infused vinegar (lavender, rose, peppermint, etc.)

12 drops eucalyptus essential oil

9 drops lavender essential oil

3 drops peppermint essential oil

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients in a spray mister bottle. Shake vigorously and mist the skin.

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