Mint, oh mint Fresh green and cool. You help my tummy feel great!
…to another posting of the Herbal Medicine Kit. Today we are learning about and discussing Heat Exhaustion and Sunstroke. We will be making a “It’s HOT outside Tea” and discussing various herbs.
Let’s get to it…
Heat Exhaustion & Sunstroke- Part 2
Just like your car, your body can get overheated when the air temperature soars or when you overexert yourself. Sometimes this is heat exhaustion and sometimes, heat stroke. Let’s look at the individual cases.
Heat exhaustion typically begins with a wave of dizziness and is often accompanied by weakness and tingling sensations. The skin becomes pale, cool and clammy and the pulse weak. But your body may remain normal. These are all signs you have lost too much fluid and too many important minerals.
What to do to help?
Heat exhaustion can generally be self-treated, but your body needs to cool down quickly to avoid further damage. Keep this person quiet and comfortable, replacing lost fluid and minerals with miso soup, fruit juices, or one of the electrolyte drink. Also the Lavender Compress would be excellent on the forehead!
In an attempt to cool down the body begins to sweat; as a result, you lose even more water and salt. Then….the opposite symptoms result: high fever, lack of sweating and a bounding pulse…this indicates more than heat exhaustion…this indicated sunstroke. Sunstroke victims need to have medical attention ASAP!
What can you do while you wait for Medical Help?
Cool the person down with ice water, have him drink it and apply cold compresses and if possible with submersion in a cold bath.
Heat Exhaustion/Stroke Prevention
Heatstroke is predictable and preventable. Take these steps to prevent heatstroke during hot weather:
Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing. Wearing excess clothing or clothing that fits tightly won’t allow your body to cool properly.
Wear light-colored clothing if you’re in the sun. Dark clothing absorbs heat. Light-colored clothing can help keep you cool by reflecting the sun’s rays.
Drink plenty of fluids. Staying hydrated will help your body sweat and maintain a normal body temperature.
Take extra precautions with certain medications. Be on the lookout for heat-related problems if you take medications that can affect your body’s ability to stay hydrated and dissipate heat.
Never leave children or anyone else in a parked car. This is a common cause of heat-related deaths in children. When parked in the sun, the temperature in your car can rise 20 degrees F (more than 6.7 C) in just 10 minutes. It’s not safe to leave a person inside a parked car in hot weather for any period of time, even if the windows are cracked or the car is in the shade. When your car is parked, keep it locked to prevent a child from getting inside.
Take it easy during the hottest parts of the day. If you can’t avoid strenuous activity in hot weather, follow the same precautions and rest frequently in a cool spot. Try to schedule exercise or physical labor for cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or evening. Taking breaks and replenishing your fluids during that time will help your body regulate your temperature.
Get acclimatized. Limit the amount you spend working or exercising in the heat until you’re conditioned to it. People who are not used to hot weather are especially susceptible to heat-related illness, including heatstroke. It can take several weeks for your body to adjust to hot weather.
Be cautious if you’re at increased risk. If you take medications or have a physical condition that increases your risk of heat-related problems, avoid the heat and act quickly if you notice symptoms of overheating. If you participate in a strenuous sporting event or activity in hot weather, make sure there are medical services at the event in case a heat emergency arises.
It’s HOT outside Tea!
Recap: Today we looked at and discussed Heat Exhaustion and Sunstroke. We also made a tea: “It’s Hot Outside”
Looking Ahead: Next week we will be discussing in more depth all of the herbs we used in our “Its Hot Outside” Tea: Mulberry leaves, Peony root bark, Licorice root, Ginseng. We have looked at Peppermint in past Herbal Med Kit Postings.
Reminder: Next week we will be reviewing information…look ahead to the following week and gather the following supplies for our Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac Post: Grindelia & Comfrey!
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