Green Living

Natural Ways to Beat the Summer Heat


If gets hotter than Hades in the summertime where you live, then read on to learn lots of tips to stay cool naturally in the summertime.

I am a third generation Floridian, born and raised in South Florida, so I know heat. The worst part about excessive heat is how crabby, grumpy and irritable it makes me. So, while staying cool is important for my body, it’s also helpful to my mind. After all, the saying is true – when mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.

Here are my top ways to stay cool naturally in the summertime:

  • Pray. It may sound a little silly, but prayer is honestly my first go-to with everything. I love a Hail Mary to help me cool my jets and get my mind right. If praying is not your thing, you could do a visualization of healing blue light coming down all around you and cooling off any red or angry light in your energy system. Or you could do both, like me!
  • Rose water spritz. Not sure what it is exactly about roses, but they are highly effective at cooling, plus it is wonderful as a light, chemical-free perfume as well. I carry some in my purse and literally spritz directly onto my face and my neck or under my armpits. You can make a spray bottle of rose water here.
  • Red or pink hibiscus poultice. I learned this tip in the middle of the Belize rainforest, straight from the mouth of master herbalist, Dr. Rosita Arvigo. As much as I would like to think I know heat here in South Florida, she is the one who really knows heat and how to work in it – the rainforest does. not. play. Anyhow, crush up some hibiscus flowers and smoosh it into a little ball, put it on your forehead and then wrap a bandana around your head to keep it place. It’s meant as a preventive if you will be outside for a long time, or as cure if you are overheated and need to cool off quickly.
  • Nat Suplh 6X. This is a great homeopathic remedy to try that prevents the symptoms of heat exposure like tiredness, headache, etc. I put in a cup of water or water bottle and sip when I am at the beach.
  • Cooling summer tea. I also live off my cooling summer tea recipe when it is crazy hot out. It’s a mix of dried rose, hibiscus and jasmine petals and with a little raw honey, such a yummy treat.
  • Healthy Rehydration. Another great drink recipe, a homemade alternative to Gatorade, that will not only cool you off but restore electrolytes in your body can be found here.
  • The freezer. Yes, the freezer. I have also been known to stick my head in my freezer for a few minutes. Or the most effective thing to do is place ice packs under your armpits and/or on your wrist pulse point, it will cool your body down fast.
  • Clean your feet. I am not sure if my Granny taught me this trick because she was OCD and didn’t want my dirty feet getting on her all-white-everything house when I came to visit, or if it was a cooling-down-before-bed habit from her days of having no AC in her old South Florida farmhouse, but either way, it’s does both things – cleaning your feet will cool you off. Simply wash your feet with cold water before you climb into bed. Sometimes, I will do this in the middle of the day if I am super hot, too.
  • Peppermint essential oil. A few drops on your wrists or even in your water glass is very cooling. I can handle peppermint oil directly to my skin, but when you first use it, you may want to dilute it first with water or oil. It also reduces the heat from a fever too.
  • Avoid peak sun times. If you can, don’t be outside in the peak of the heat. Go outside in the morning and in the late afternoon/early evening. And for sure don’t be crazy and go to hot yoga in the middle of July. Yin yoga or gentle yoga is what your body needs to stay cool and stay in homeostasis.
  • Avoid the oven. Use your slow cooker, instead of your oven, which means way less work for you and keeps your kitchen cool!
  • Dress right. Lastly, a style tip for the heat: stick to 100% cotton clothes that are loose and not tight. Light colors are also cooling, turquoise, pink and white are such cliché palm beach Lilly Pulitzer wear, but those colors are popular for more than one reason! Guys can get away with the classic Guayabera shirt, a Central and South American tradition to stay cool. Or if you are in the deep south, seersucker is the best kind of cotton to keep you cool and cute in the sweltering heat.

So if you do these things to keep your body cool happy it will also to keep your mind and heart cool and happy, too! Hope you are having a healthy and happy summer! Muah!

How to Stay Cool Naturally this Summer. Lots of great tips!

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  • Darlene
    June 10, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    Do you have any tips of staying cool for pregnant women??

    • Stephanie
      June 14, 2015 at 10:52 PM

      I wouldn’t do the hibiscus poultice and I would work with a homeopath pregnant or not before taking any type of homeopathic remedies, but everything else I would do if I was pregnant. But that is just me and what I would do, this is not medical advice and you should check with your provider to be sure. 🙂