Holy Hottest Day of The Year!. Today, Environment Canada shows the temperature over 33 degrees with a humidex of nearly 45 - so today is definitely the day to keep as cool as possible. Whether you're indoors, on the go, or traveling, everyone is going to be feeling the heat today, so we have a few tips on how to keep cool naturally and easily.
Cooling Your Space
Flee Underground: If you're lucky enough to have a basement, this is the perfect fortress for a day like today. Heat rises and it's naturally cooler underground, so this is the place to be if you have access. Perhaps make a day of cleaning or organizing your basement - productivity can feel so good!
Batten Down the Hatches: Close all your windows, screens, and doors. Turn down the blinds, close the curtains, and put up light-coloured fabric like bedsheets over the windows to block the sun. This will reflect the heat away while still allowing light to enter. When it cools off at night, open up those blinds and windows to let the naturally cool air flow back in - just make sure to close them up again in the morning.
Harness Fan Power: Things like electric fans can use up a lot of electricity, so run these sporadically when you feel very hot, but try not to keep them on all the time. A great trick is to put a bowl of ice in front of a running fan, which billows the frosty air around the room. Try this aromatherapy fan trick - dampen a wash cloth or small tea towel with cool water, drip several drops of cooling essential oils such as Peppermint or Eucalyptus on the cloth and drape it over the fan with the oils facing out - enjoy the cool fresh breeze, it really works!
Close the Kitchen: Try to refrain from using your oven or stove - these are your biggest heat generators, and they'll roast you just as they'll roast your sweet potatoes. Waiting until sundown to use your hot kitchen appliances will keep your house exponentially cooler. If you must use the stove, turn on your range hood to suck up all that hot air.
Water is Your Best Friend! A cool shower can be the best part of a hot day. Even just a quick cool face wash in the sink or foot wash in the tub can be very effective. You can also take a dip in Toronto's public pools, have a cool foot bath, or run a sprinkler in your yard.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate: Always keep a cool glass or bottle of water by your side, and more in the fridge. Drinking 1-3L of cool water will help you from bloating in the hot weather, generate more sweat, and flush out toxins. Add fresh fruits and veggies like cucumber, mint, lemon, or raspberries to infuse some flavour in there, too! Keep an eye out for symptoms of dehydration such as extreme thirst, dry mouth, lethargy, and headache. If you're planning on being active, hydrate even more. At Wonderworks, we like to make iced tea out of our handmade herbal blends. Our Vitalitea has natural herbs that have antioxidant, digestive, and anti-bloating qualities.
Boil enough water to fill a medium pot. Add 1-2 tbsp Vitalitea into a teaball or bag.
Steep tea 10-15 minutes, remove teaball, and pour over pitcher of ice.
Squeeze in lemon and add more cold water to taste.
You Are What You Eat: Cucumber is naturally cooling and hydrating - crunch on cucumbers and other fresh veggies, and eat no-cook foods like sandwiches, pasta salads, chilled or frozen fruit, and of course, popsicles!
Essentially Cool: Peppermint oil has magical cooling powers - add some to a damp cloth and lay it on a box fan to revitalize and cool down your room, add it to a massage oil and use it topically, or add some to your shower or make a cooling peppermint foot bath. Peppermint oil can be used as an effective sunburn relief, bug repellant, allergy reliever, bloat reliever, and headache remedy.
Let Cooler Heads Prevail: If you use our favourite Smokeless Smudge sweetgrass spray - try chilling it in the fridge for a cooling spritz with an energetic re-boot.
Don't Forget The Pets
However hot we are feeling today, our furry friends are feeling it ten times worse. They can't sweat like humans, so they have to find other ways to keep cool. Provide abundant cool water at all times within easy reach - be sure to take some when you go for a walk! For dogs, you can put their rope or squeaky toys in the freezer as a cool treat, or add ice to their water bowl. Cats appreciate cool, secluded areas so don't be surprised if Mittens is hiding under the couch! And, importantly, monitor any outdoor activity, watch for heat exhaustion, and never leave animals unattended in vehicles.
There you have it! Hopefully everyone manages to chill out and enjoy this glorious sunny summer. We always have fresh iced tea on tap in the shop, so come by for a glass!