Revelations 16:8 “The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was allowed to scorch people with fire.They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him.”
Since spring time is here and summer is right around the corner and everyone is getting out and getting in shape, it is time to talk about beating the heat. Everyone worries about the cold, but few consider the heat until it is too late. It is important to get out and absorb the sun light. It is necessary for our health. Just be sure to get sunscreen on. Sunburn is bad and painful, i know this first hand. I even have a friend who got so sunburn she had to wear her bathing suit to work and cover up with very loose clothes. She was red as a beat.
Few people know this but you can get sunburned under your skin even without it showing on the surface if you use the wrong kind of sunscreen. THere is UVB which doesn’t go very deep and UVA which penetrates the skin much deeper. There are sunscreen lotions that protect from one and not the other and can leave you at risk for UVA sunburn under your top layer of skin which is Very painful and nothing can be done for it except to just get better over time.
Now on to heatstroke. If you suspect someone around you is suffering from heat stroke get help immediately. If possible get them to an air conditioned area or in front of a fan. If not get them into the shade and off their feet. Wet a rag and wipe them down and keep them hydrated. Remove any unnecessary clothing. Any outer layers. Apply ice packs or cold rags to key areas like under the arms, groin, neck and back. These are places with lots of blood vessels that will carry cooled blood quickly around the body.
To identify pay attention to these symptoms. Headaches and any dizziness and coordination like stumbling or staggering. disorientation and muscle weakness or cramps. Hot dry skin and lack of sweating. Rapid shallow breathing. Lastly Fainting. All of these should be taken very serious. If you or someone you are with start to feel sick, Don’t push it. It is not worth it. Heatstroke can lead to organ damage and brain damage which can be permanent. Rest and stay hydrated.
If your are stuck in an area with a lot of sun exposure for some reason. Try to find a shade or make one yourself with a tarp. You can place a button in your mouth to aid in easing thirst if water is not readily available.
From my Cairn subscription box i got a few cool products in Aloe up sunscreen, Green goo dry skin treatment stick, All Good lip balm, and Whiskey Run butter stick lip balm. Most of these hae spf 11 to 50 for sun protection. If you get a subscription every month you get cool gear for your Go bag. 25 dollars a month. Here is a link if it is something you are interested in. http://rwrd.io/b4bbduv
If getting out into the wilderness is your idea of fun, you should get yourself a water bottle of some sort. It can be a fun way to keep yourself hydrated. There are many types of water containers. Cups, bottles, hydration bladders, and botas (like old style waterskins) If drinking plain water is not your thing (like Me) There are a VAST number of water additives to flavor them. Many of which have vitamines and electrolytes.
In the final days the sun will be scorching down on us very hard. Our skin will burn and many will succumb to the effects of UV rays like skin tumors. Not going to be fun. The heat is likely to ignite many fires and scorch the earth making it hard to grow crops.
If you are someone who burns easily you may consider growing an aloe vera plant on your windowsill. The gel from inside is good for burns.
Aloe Vera for Sunburn
Aloe Vera has a long history of being used to treat burns, and is one of the simplest and most effective home remedies for sunburn.
Aloe Vera gel helps speed the healing of sunburn, and may also help prevent skin peeling.
To treat sunburn with Aloe Vera, just break off a piece and asqueeze the gel as a thin layer of Aloe Vera gel to sunburned skin.