Heat Exhaustion, Rehydrating Natural Remedies
Heat exhaustion occurs when the body over heats. Normally, the body cools itself by sweating. But if you are exposed to high temperatures for a long time and don't replace the fluids you lose, the body systems that regulate temperature become overwhelmed. As a result, the body produces more heat than it can dissipate. Heat exhaustion requires immediate attention, because it can progress to heat stroke, a serious (even fatal) illness. The person is mentally alert but weak and exhausted. They are still sweating; but they MUST be re-hydrated and cooled.
Heat Stroke or Sunstroke is the stage past heat exhaustion. It is very dangerous – even fatal. The person is no longer sweating. They are confused, tired, dizzy, fainting, and the face can be flushed. There may also be nausea, a rapid pulse and severe headache, or a fever. They need immediate re-hydration and cooling. VERY DANGEROUS – seek medical attention then cool and re-hydrate the person quickly.
Exposure to the sun or heat without adequate water and cooling may create serious conditions. Re-hydration and cooling is essential. Modern medicine will use intravenous rehydration solutions.
There can be chronic, long-term effects from heat or sunstroke. The following natural solutions may help you if you have experienced heat exhaustion or heat stroke and are experiencing continuing symptoms. Rehydrate by eating or juicing carrots, celery or lettuce. Cool teas of demulcent herbs are often helpful to restore body fluids.
Natural Healing Protocol: Combining supplements will do more to support your body's ability to function properly than using just one. Use the following remedies for best results -- your ability to heal will depend on the severity and length of time your symptoms have been present.
Herbs for Heat Exhaustion
Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties. Learn more about herbs >
For chronic after affects, use Dave’s Ocean Tonic for cooling and nutrition support.
Marshmallow capsules or tincture in cool water.
Slippery elm tincture in cool water.
Cell Salts to Help Heat Exhaustion
To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day. Learn more about cell salts >
#1 Calc Fluor 6X – restoration of connective tissue integrity
#4 Ferr Phos 6X – for overheating
#9 Nat Mur 6X – for rehydration of tissues, water balance in the body
Heat Exhaustion Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies. Learn more about homeopathy >
Belladonna – for symptoms of being hot and dry with throbbing headaches.
Glonoinum – dizzy, confused, pale and flushed. Throbbing and bursting headaches.
Lachesis – heat flushes, irritability, can’t stand tight clothes. Very talkative. Skin is red.
Natrum carb – headaches with sun exposure and hot weather. Also with digestive complaints.
Veratrum alb – nausea, vomiting, cold sweats and clammy skin. Skin feels cold. Prostration, collapse, bluish, weak.