During the summer months, the weather is hot and humid. Babies in particular can easily develop heat rashes during the summer and break out with red itchy patches that make them restless. So, what is a natural solution? Certain vegetables and fruits have a cooling effect that can be used treat summertime heat rash.
Watermelon is a traditional summertime food, but it is also a traditional Chinese medicine used to reduce body heat. To drink as a soup, wash the watermelon, cut it into slices, and boil the pieces lightly. The watermelon skin can also be used to rub on the heat rash affected area; simply rub the skin a few times daily.
Bitter gourd, or or karela, can also help treat heat rash. To use this remedy, wash the bitter gourd and cut it into pieces, and rub on the affected area. Rub the area three times daily to treat the rash and associated itchiness. An alternative is to use fresh bitter gourd leaves. After washing and mashing the leaves into a paste, pour the resulting juice onto the affected area.
Ridge gourd is good for cleansing the blood and getting rid of toxins. Taking it frequently can help to prevent heat rash. To apply, wash the fresh leaves, mash them into a paste, and apply the juice to the affected area 3-6 times daily for 2 days.
Cucumber has cooling and hydrating effect, and can help rid the body of toxins, reduce swelling, and treat the symptoms of heat rash. Apply cucumber slices or cucumber juice to the heat rash 2-3 times daily to treat the pain and itchiness.
Pumpkin has a cooling effect, making it useful for treating heat rash. To use, wash and cut the pumpkin into pieces, remove the outer skin, and mash into a paste. Apply the paste to the affected area. If the heat rash still persists, mix the mashed pumpkin with ice cubes and cornstarch powder, and apply to the affected area to help reduce swelling and itching.
Fresh ginger helps to rid the body of of toxins, reduces swelling, aids in blood circulation, and treats joint ailments such as rheumatism. For heat rash, apply the ginger slices to the affected area 2-3 times daily.
Translated by Chua BC.