As an herbalist living in Florida I can tell you keeping cool is a high priority. It's quite simplistic, but the herb that I use the most often for beating the summer heat is flax. Flax is also known as Linum usitatissimum or linseed. Organic flax seed can be found at your local health food store in bulk. I sew up neck and eye pillows in various shapes and fill them with flax, sometimes together with organic lavender buds and store these pillows in the freezer. I have about 5 in the freezer right now! My daughter loves them too. You can store them in plastic bags to protect the fabric if you like. When you get home from doing errands or come in from working in the garden, they feel great draped around your neck. They are great to use on new bumps and bruises for children also. Of course I had to go get one out of the fridge also for writing this post! It feels great on tension from overwork with the mouse on photo editing, etc. If you don't like sewing and or you are on a budget you can tie up flax in a long sock to use. Please feel welcome to visit my online store for neck and eye pillows. Take a peek and let me know which one is your favorite.
This blog post is a part of a blog party being hosted by Kristine Brown. Please visit her blog to find out all about what other herbalists are doing to keep cool during the summer.
Flax photograph by D. Gordon E. Robertson. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this photo under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.