Tampa, Florida – Summertime means heading outdoors, but outdoor activities come with more accidents and injuries. As many people move toward a green lifestyle, over-the-counter remedies may not be the answer for them.
Anne Champion, the health and beauty manager at the Village Health Market in South Tampa, can answer often asked questions for every day ailments.
“I personally use natural products and my children were raised on it. They do work. I feel better, I feel my system is healthier. I think that’s what people are looking for, that healthy alternative,” says Champion.
While many products are problem-specific, some are multi-purpose. Champion’s list of must haves for a natural first aid kit include: Calendula for burns, scrapes and skin irritations.
For muscle soreness, strains or bruising, Ann recommends Arnica. Champion says it is one of their most popular homeopathic remedies in the store.
Tiger Balm patches on sore areas help aching muscles.
For skin irritations, Champion says to use good old Calamine. “It’s zinc-based [and] helps any bacteria on the skin. [It] also helps with relief of any itching.”
A bottle of Aloe Gel is another first aid essential but Champion suggests keeping it as pure as possible. “Sun burns, gums, any type of surgery need for healing, insect bites, you name it can be used for it.”
Ann swears by Tea Tree Oil. She even takes it on vacations. Champion says it is an antiseptic, a natural antiseptic, it’s antibacterial and an antifungal.
Anne says to be patient; some natural products can take longer to work. “It’s not just putting on the band-aid or quick fix but on a deeper level. I think people are looking for that. It’s more healing that way and you get better results that way.”
Isabel Mascareñas, Tampa Bay’s 10 News