Summer can be a scorcher! Here are tips to stay cool without cranking up the AC.
1. Drink plenty of water.
Warm weather means you'll perspire, so it's extremely important to drink water throughout the day. Try drinking 8 ounces every hour or so. You can add lemon, orange, lime, grapefruit, or cucumber to the water to make it more refreshing. Read more about the importance of hydration here.
2. Eat cooling foods.
Add foods to your diet such as such as spirulina, cucumber, leafy greens, seaweed and fresh fruit such as melon, citrus and berries. A smoothie is a great way to incorporate many of these ingredients. By adding ice, you make a refreshing treat in a glass. Freeze ingredients such as bananas and berries for an extra icy kick.
3. Sip sun tea.
Don't heat up the whole kitchen to brew a cup of tea; simply grab a handful of herbs! I recommend fresh mint, lemon balm, and basil. Stuff them into a large mason jar, cover with water, and let steep in the sun for several hours. Depending upon the temperature, it won't get super hot but will still taste delicious and the herbs will have a cooling effect.
4. Take a cold shower, or go for a dip in a pool.
I'm a huge fan of dipping myself in cold water during hot weather. For those of you who don't have a natural body of water nearby (I personally don't recommend pools because of the added chlorine), I recommend cold showers and baths. Post-shower I like to apply a light moisturizer with a drop of peppermint oil. I love the smell, tingle, and cooling sensation. If you work at an office and can't take a shower every time you feel like it, do cold water foot baths.
5. Exercise at the coolest time.
Do your best to avoid strenuous activity between 10 am and 3pm. Pushing yourself through strenuous exercise during the heat of the day is not optimal and can lead to heat exhaustion and sunburn.
6. Make a refreshing spray and use it often.
I use a glass spray bottle, but have also simply reused the bottle of a facial toner I finished. For every 4 ounces of fresh water, add to it about 50 drops of essential oil. (I like mine a bit on the stronger side.) I made a blend of basil, peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender, and rosemary. It's divine! I use it when working on the computer, before and after a workout, when leaving the house, or just when I need a reset in general. Take a deep exhale and gently spray your entire face, sides of the head, and back of the neck. Now breathe in and feel the magical essences of these cooling plants refresh and revive you.