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Published November 28th 2012
How do you keep cool in summer?
Keep bed linen in fridge during the day in a clean plastic bag and use them at night.

Wet a pair of socks, wring them out, leave in fridge or freezer and wear to bed on truly hot nights.

Use silk/satin pillow covers that may help reduce sweaty stickiness.

Eat more watermelon, cucumber, yoghurt and other raw food rather than chips and fried stuff.

Drink water, tender coconut water, lemonade with mint; beer's good too.

Avoid coffee and alcohol.

Iced tea with a dash of lemon may help feel cool and fresh.

Eastern wisdom encourages drinking barley tea to keep cool.

Wash hands up to elbows in cold water.

Run an ice cube on forehead, behind ears, behind neck, and on inner wrist area.

Keep wheat bag/gel pack in fridge. Use this at the back of your neck or under your feet.

If you don't have one of these handy make your own cold water bag by freezing water in a large soft drink bottle and putting it in a hot water bag cover or wrapped in a towel.

If at home wear a free-flowing garment, even better without undies. It's not a good idea to go nude entirely; take a tip from the Arabs in the desert regions.

Go without footwear.

Watch Ice Age, Happy Feet, or other shows with snow.

Soak a towel in cold water, wring it out and sponge your neck, throat, and face for instant refreshing.

Add a couple of drops of lavender or peppermint essential oil or any other of your choice to the water for an instant cooling.

If using a fan, check to see that it is not overheating and sending hot air your way after an extended period of use.

Also make sure it's not next to any heat generating appliance like the television or computer so as not to be at the receiving end of heat from these.

Keep a basin of frozen salt water in front of your fan which is on a low setting so you get a cool breeze in your direction.

Soaking in a tub, preferably with ice cubes in it, works better at keeping body temperature low than a shower; the trick is in the soaking.

Keep Aloe Vera gel in the fridge and dab it on for an instant cool or if you just came in from the outside.

Applying kumquat on your forehead may help bring down body heat.

Turn off heat sources inside your home such as TV, computers etc. Turn off stove and oven and go for cold, natural options from the fridge such as yoghurt, fruit, salads, and juices.

Apply a cold face pack of your choice.

Cucumber slices on the eyes or all over the face is good way to chill.

Use clothes, bed linen, curtains, throws in low muted colours and 100% natural fibre such as cotton.

Avoid polyester, nylon and other synthetic materials as they are terribly warming even when appearing cool and slinky.

If it's a non-working day, hang around in a mall or go for a movie, or two. Library, art museums, and a nice big cathedral are other places that remain cool on the hottest of days.

Barricade windows, especially those upstairs, with thick cotton curtains, bamboo or wooden blinds before the sunlight hits them in the morning and warms up the panes.

An even more effective way is to cover the panes from the outside by means of an awning or some such.

Car windshield sun shades from bargain shops may help if you don't have awnings installed.

Use a spray bottle to spray cold water on your cotton drapes. If your window is open what little breeze comes in will be cooler.

The sound of wind chimes is said to psychologically imply coolness.

Tropical cultures counter warm temperatures with hot tea and spicy curries; you could give that a try if you dare.

If you have to do your laundry, do it in absolute cold water and hang them to dry strategically placed before your fan so the air that comes your way will be cooler.

If you have some cool tricks up your sleeve to beat the heat, do share.
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Great suggestions for keeping cool; some I hadn't thought of and some I did know. Cold soups are also pretty good in Summer - friend of mine makes a cool cucumber, garlic and yoghurt soup at this time.
by curiouser&curiouser (score: 2|526) 2200 days ago
A quick method to bring your body temperature down is to run your the inside of you wrists under the cold tap. I quickly and dramatically reduces body temperature. My friend was taught this by an nurse.
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|5360) 2196 days ago
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