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Insights from KurSpa Posted March, 2018 Insights from Kurspa | June 01, 2018

Summer is a time for fun and vacations and spending time outdoors but with the good times we can also face the challenges of sunburns and bug bites and fatigue. Here are some of our favorite natural remedies to use during the summer months:

Summer is a time for fun and vacations and spending time outdoors but with the good times we can also face the challenges of sunburns and bug bites and fatigue. Here are some of our favorite natural remedies to use during the summer months:

Lemongrass and Eucalyptus; these essential oils when mixed together make a wonderfully uplifting bug repellent. In a 4oz spray bottle mix 20 drops of each oil, distilled water and 1 oz which hazel. 

Aloe for a sunburn; a favorite product of mine to help reduce the discomfort of a sunburn is Natural Concepts “After Sun Aloe Gel” with arnica, aloe and lavender. This is an all-natural gel that won’t stain your clothes and is perfect to soothe chapped skin or sunburn.

Finally Lavender essential oil is must have in my medicine cabinet in the summer. Lavender will not only help promote rest and relaxation but is an amazing anti-inflammatory. Place lavender essential oil directly on a bug bite to decrease redness, and promote healing.

What’s new at KurSpa?

Lavender Fields Massage 


This is the perfect treatment if you are looking for relaxed days and sweet dreams at night. Warm lavender infused oils are incorporated into this deeply relaxing full body massage. A lavender foot scrub and aromatic lavender scalp conditioning treatment make this pure relaxation from head to sole. The relaxation doesn’t end with the massage; take home a complimentary lavender sleep sachet for under your pillow.

KurSpa Naturopath Dr. Krista Ingram also has some great ideas for summer wellness;

With increased activity in warmer temperatures, I like to remind my clients to stay well hydrated.  Drinking water before heading out is important to avoid dehydration.  Of course, bring water with you while you are active outside as well.  If you do feel dehydrated (symptoms of dehydration can include headaches, dizziness, dry mouth, fatigue and hot, dry skin), additional electrolytes are required.  I like to recommend electrolyte drinks that do not have dyes, artificial flavours or high amounts of sucrose or high-fructose corn syrup (see your local health food store: I like Ultima brand powdered electrolytes that you add to water).  You can even make your own electrolyte mixture.  Here is a recipe that I like: 1L of water, 1 teaspoon sea salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 4 teaspoons honey or maple syrup, 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice. 

With increased strenuous exercise and repetitive motions (think pulling weeds and swinging golf clubs!), we can also be more prone to injury.  Stretching is important before and after any activity.  If you have hurt yourself or are feeling sore spots, acupuncture is a wonderful treatment to help release tension and relax over-stressed muscles.  It can act quickly to release those tight, aching knots in your back and shoulders, and relieve pain.  Acupuncture is a wonderful treatment for relaxation and wellness, so while we may be directly addressing tense muscles and pain, it is very common to also feel more relaxed and have a restful sleep the night of treatment.

More time in the sun and fresh air also means we may want to be using a sunscreen.  I love to recommend the Back to Earth Shady Days Sunscreen.  It is an effective and “clean” (no unnecessary additives) product that smells great and doesn’t leave a thick white paste on your skin.

Kelly Tarso l KurSpa Manager

Summer is a time for fun and vacations and spending time outdoors but with the good times we can also face the challenges of sunburns and bug bites and fatigue. Here are some of our favorite natural remedies to use during the summer months:

Lemongrass and Eucalyptus; these essential oils when mixed together make a wonderfully uplifting bug repellent. In a 4oz spray bottle mix 20 drops of each oil, distilled water and 1 oz which hazel. 

Aloe for a sunburn; a favorite product of mine to help reduce the discomfort of a sunburn is Natural Concepts “After Sun Aloe Gel” with arnica, aloe and lavender. This is an all-natural gel that won’t stain your clothes and is perfect to soothe chapped skin or sunburn.

Finally Lavender essential oil is must have in my medicine cabinet in the summer. Lavender will not only help promote rest and relaxation but is an amazing anti-inflammatory. Place lavender essential oil directly on a bug bite to decrease redness, and promote healing.

What’s new at KurSpa?

Lavender Fields Massage 


This is the perfect treatment if you are looking for relaxed days and sweet dreams at night. Warm lavender infused oils are incorporated into this deeply relaxing full body massage. A lavender foot scrub and aromatic lavender scalp conditioning treatment make this pure relaxation from head to sole. The relaxation doesn’t end with the massage; take home a complimentary lavender sleep sachet for under your pillow.

KurSpa Naturopath Dr. Krista Ingram also has some great ideas for summer wellness;

With increased activity in warmer temperatures, I like to remind my clients to stay well hydrated.  Drinking water before heading out is important to avoid dehydration.  Of course, bring water with you while you are active outside as well.  If you do feel dehydrated (symptoms of dehydration can include headaches, dizziness, dry mouth, fatigue and hot, dry skin), additional electrolytes are required.  I like to recommend electrolyte drinks that do not have dyes, artificial flavours or high amounts of sucrose or high-fructose corn syrup (see your local health food store: I like Ultima brand powdered electrolytes that you add to water).  You can even make your own electrolyte mixture.  Here is a recipe that I like: 1L of water, 1 teaspoon sea salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 4 teaspoons honey or maple syrup, 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice. 

With increased strenuous exercise and repetitive motions (think pulling weeds and swinging golf clubs!), we can also be more prone to injury.  Stretching is important before and after any activity.  If you have hurt yourself or are feeling sore spots, acupuncture is a wonderful treatment to help release tension and relax over-stressed muscles.  It can act quickly to release those tight, aching knots in your back and shoulders, and relieve pain.  Acupuncture is a wonderful treatment for relaxation and wellness, so while we may be directly addressing tense muscles and pain, it is very common to also feel more relaxed and have a restful sleep the night of treatment.

More time in the sun and fresh air also means we may want to be using a sunscreen.  I love to recommend the Back to Earth Shady Days Sunscreen.  It is an effective and “clean” (no unnecessary additives) product that smells great and doesn’t leave a thick white paste on your skin.

Kelly Tarso l KurSpa Manager

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