Dehydration remedies might be helpful during the early phases if they’re given immediately. The early signs and symptoms of dehydration are thirst, dark-colored urine, decreased urine output, and dryness of mouth. To prevent life-threatening complications, immediate action is a must. In this article, you’ll discover different essential oils for dehydration.
Dehydration is not necessarily an emergency case. You lose body fluids when you breathe, sweat, cry, urinate, move your bowels, and through other biological processes. However, some illnesses can increase your risk for dehydration. For instance, approximately 760,000 children die every year because of diarrhea, which leaves the body severely dehydrated. 
Essential Oils for Dehydration
If you simply can’t drink enough water because it doesn’t taste good then you are in luck. Essential oils can be a savior, making water taste delicious.
When you add essential oils to your glass of water, make sure the oils are labeled as used internally. Moreover, only buy pure essential oils that are safe to consume.
Here are great essential oils to mix into your water:
Note: Essential oils are quite potent so be careful when experimenting with the number of drops. It’s best to start with one drop which may be already sufficient for a 16 oz glass of water.
Other Ways To Help With Dehydration
What can you do to correct mild to moderate dehydration?
Increase Your Fluid Intake (Priority)
Dehydration happens when the body loses too much fluid, but there’s not enough fluid taken in to compensate for it. Obviously, the most logical thing to do is to re-hydrate.
But, the more important question is, how much fluid should you drink?
Well, it depends on different factors:
Activity level: Do you live a sedentary or active lifestyle? If you exercise a lot, for instance, how frequent and how long does each session last?
Environment: If you live in place with a humid or hot climate, you may sweat a lot. Living or hiking at altitudes above 8,000 feet could also lead to dehydration due to fast breathing and frequent urination.
Health status: Vomiting, watery stools (diarrhea), and fever are just some illnesses that could deplete your body’s fluid reserves.
The popular advice is to drink at least eight 8 ounces of water daily. This would probably be appropriate for individuals who are completely inactive or live in a non-tropical country. To know how much fluid to drink, use these two techniques:
Technique #1: Drink approximately 4 glasses (16 ounces) of water, juice, or sports drink for every pound you lose.
Technique #2: Drink 1 ml of water, juice, or sports drink for every calorie you burn off. If you burned 5,000 calories this day, you need to drink 5,000 ml or 5 liters of water. That’s about 21 cups!
In case of vomiting and watery stools
It’s important to quickly replace lost fluids after every watery stool or vomiting to prevent dehydration or even death. An oral rehydration solution (ORS), like Pedialyte, is usually the first line of treatment.
Note: Please consult your doctor before treating your child with ORS. The correct amount will depend on different factors, such as your child’s weight and dehydration severity.
What if you don’t have access to ORS packets?
Make one at home. Simply mix ½ teaspoon table salt and 6 teaspoons sugar in 4 cups of safe water. Don’t add too little water or too much sugar because it’ll make diarrhea worse. Adding too much salt is harmful, too. However, adding more than 4 cups of water is safe to do.
- Don’t feed ORS to kids using their feeding bottle. Use a cup or spoon instead.
- Kids (above the age of 1) and adults may drink around 12 cups of ORS every 24 hours.
- Administer this solution in little amounts at regular intervals until needed.
Fresh Young Coconut Water
While water is the popular rehydration fluid, a study published in the Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise has shown that coconut water is slightly better than plain water. It is as effective as a regular sports drink for replacing fluids during light workouts. Researchers say coconut water contains five times more potassium than Powerade or Gatorade (1,500 mg per liter versus 300 mg per liter, respectively). 
If you can’t tolerate drinking too much plain water, coconut water is an ideal choice. It’s sweet, nutritious, and doesn’t cause nausea or stomach upset.
Coconut water has adequate amounts of sugar and potassium. Unfortunately, coconut water is not an effective hydrating fluid for people engaged in intense exercises because of its low sodium, bicarbonate, and chloride contents. Adding table salt to coconut water could solve this problem. 
Although, it’s beneficial, it’s recommended to drink coconut water in moderation. Its calorie content (60 calories/11 ounces) could quickly add up if you don’t pay close attention. And make sure to choose plain coconut water.
Avoid or Reduce Your Consumption of Certain Foods and Drinks
In order to prevent or fully recover from dehydration, it’s important that you know which foods and drinks deplete the fluids in your body. Here’s a (incomplete) list of foods and drinks that are dehydrating:
- Sugary foods and drinks: fruit juices, soft drinks, cakes, candies, dried fruits, pies, cakes, cookies, cereals, and jams
- Protein-rich diet (eating a lot of protein-rich foods will trigger your body to lose more fluids to remove nitrogen, which is found in the amino acids that compose proteins.)
- Salty foods: instant noodles, processed meats, soy-containing foods and sauces, pretzels, canned or bottled pasta sauces, salad dressings, and mixed nuts
- Spicy foods (which are gastric irritants and can make diarrhea worse)
You may have noticed that I didn’t include caffeinated drinks, like coffee, to the list. True, caffeine-containing drinks are mild diuretics; however, they don’t really increase your risk for dehydration.  Some of these foods and drinks won’t necessarily leave you moderately or severely dehydrated. The important thing is to consume them in moderation and not forgetting to regularly rehydrate.
Dehydration, especially in children, is not a laughing matter. Remember, prevention is better. Don’t wait for a mild or moderate dehydration to progress to severe dehydration, which is obviously an emergency case. And always remember the early signs of dehydration, so you can immediately remedy the problem and prevent serious complications, like seizures, heat stroke, and hypovolemic shock (due to low blood volume).