For so many years man has covered his skin and has become pale, unhealthy and unaccustomed to the sun's action. In getting back to the sun it will therefore be necessary to use judgment and proceed intelligently. This word of precaution is directed particularly to those who have fair and delicate skin. For them as well as to the others who have not accustomed their skin to full exposure to the sun, it is best to begin by taking the first sunbath either in the early hours of the morning or in the late afternoon. The first bath should be for two minutes. The second bath which is to be taken the next day should be four minutes. The third bath which is taken the third day will last six minutes and so the duration of the sunbath should be increased each day by two minutes.
With this procedure the skin gradually takes on a coat of a tan. This is a sign that the body is reacting nicely. In time the sunbath may be extended to last for longer periods of time. It is very important to guard against sunburn. Just as soon as you feel any sensation of burning you should immediately get out of the sunshine and retire to a cool and shady place. Some persons will become accustomed to the sun's rays very quickly and be able to bathe in it for hours with great benefit. Others with light and delicate skin will have to proceed very slowly ad gradually. What you are feeling once in the sun will act as a good guide.
During the sunbath you should feel good. If as a result of exposure to the sun you feel weak, too warm or signs of a headache, it is best to stop at once and cool the body by taking a neutral bath. In the wintertime and in the early hours of the morning and in the late afternoon there is little danger of over-exposure but in the midday sun of the summer it is best to avoid the sun. If you adhere to a natural diet you will find the sunshine much more welcome. As you begin to feed the body properly you develop a very strong attraction for the sunshine. Those living on the ordinary conventional diet or the Standard American Diet have a constant state of fever. They feel the heat much more and the sun has a tendency to increase this state of fever and in that way interferes with the normal beneficial action of the sun. Take a sunbath, then a natural water bath or a swim and you will experience that rare delight of truly living.
When to Avoid the Sun
In spite of the fact that the sun is healing, there are times when it should be avoided. During the hot summer days it is contrary tot he dictates of hygiene and health to expose the body to the sun during the middle of the day. If you want to learn when to get into the sun and when to avoid it, just watch your cat or dog. You will notice that when the weather is hot the cat always chooses the coolest spot but when it is cool the cat will follow the sunshine EVERY MINUTE OF THE DAY. This is in accord with nature's law, and it is important that you remember this fact: the cool sun is soothing, exhilarating and stimulating. The hot sun is depressing and enervating.
Sunshine is made up of various forms of rays, such as Ultra Violet Rays, Infra Red Rays and others. The Ultra Violet Rays are the light rays of the sun but the Infra Red Rays are the heat rays. Although the heat rays have a definite purpose it is the Ultra Violet, light rays which are the most valuable. Therefore, remember that it is the LIGHT of the sun which is most valuable and NOT the heat. That is why, in hot weather, all animals instinctively seek the shade; while in the winter time they always welcome and follow the sun. The heat may feel good, but its the light you are after.
Sunlight in Cases of Wounds and Fractures
There are some natural therapist that believe that there is nothing in the entire realm of therapeutics that will promote the healing of wounds, sores, ulcerations, and fractured bones, more than sunlight.