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TRICKS TO STAY COOL IN THE SUMMER

June 20, 2018 GMT

Thursday is the first day of summer. Here are some tricks to stay cool:

Peppermint tea mist

Brew a pot of peppermint tea, then stick it in the fridge. Once it’s nice and cold, wonderhowto.com suggests pouring some into a spray bottle and misting yourself with it. Better than water, the menthol in the tea will give your skin a tingly, cool feeling.

Chrysanthemum tea

Whether it’s hot or cold, chrysanthemum tea is served to lower body temperature, according to China Daily. It’s also been said to soothe heat rash, experts told Natural Health.

Breathe like a yogi

Next time you feel overheated, do a few minutes of yogic breathing, recommends Art of Living. Curl your tongue by pulling both sides upward toward the middle, then breathe in through your mouth. Hold your breath, and slowly exhale through your nose. Repeat five to 10 times.

Chill your mattress

Put soft gel ice packs on top of the mattress and underneath the sheets; try under your legs, neck, or lower back for maximum comfort. Real Simple also suggests freezing a cotton sock filled with rice, then slipping it between the sheets. The rice will hold a chill longer.

DIY air-conditioning

Freeze a couple of water bottles and place them in front of a floor or desk fan, and you’ll enjoy a much cooler breeze with your makeshift air-conditioner. Wikihow.com advises adding salt to the water first to beat the heat longer; apartmenttherapy.com skips the bottles altogether in favor of a bowl of ice water.

Aloe vera

You know aloe vera naturally soothes sunburn, and its cooling properties also work to help you beat the heat. Blogger Crunchy Betty offers different recipes to make spray of it, combining witch hazel and peppermint oil.

Pressure points

Lifehacker.com’s solution to lower body temperature is to apply a bottle with ice-cold water on points like your ankles, wrists, or behind the knees.

Ice-cold sheets

Chill your bed by folding sheets and pillowcases, placing them in plastic bags, and sticking them in the freezer for a few hours, according to mothernaturenetwork.com. Then make up the bed just before you go to sleep for sweet (and cool) dreams.