Natural Sunburn Remedies – Easy Homemade Treatments

Posted on Mar 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

Sunburned, sore and peeling skin can easily be treated at home using soothing herbs, calming essential oils, aloe vera gel, rosewater and cold compresses.

Sunburns are caused by exposure to ultraviolet radiation produced by the sun. Though preventing sunburn is the ideal action sometimes people are prone to burning and require soothing treatments to promote faster healing.

Sunburn Remedies and Treatments

For immediate relief of sunburn, try applying a cold compress such as a towel wrapped bag of frozen peas. This cools the damaged tissue and soothes the pain. Rehydrate the body by drinking plenty of water and liquids to help the body recover from the inside out.

The following five remedies can ease the pain of sunburn and speed healing:

Cooling Aloe Facial Mist

Rosewater and witch hazel make a cooling and gentle lotion for sunburned skin.

  • 1 teaspoon distilled witch hazel
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 50ml rose water
  • 150ml aloe vera juice

Mix together the witch hazel and lavender in a spray bottle. Add the aloe vera and rosewater and shake well. Keep in the refrigerator and use as required.

Soothing Sunburn Lotion

Cucumber is gentle and cooling on the skin, use cold cucumber slices to cover sunburned eyelids.

  • 4 tablespoons aloe vera gel
  • ½ cucumber (blended)
  • 1 drop tea tree oil

Mix all ingredients together and apply to skin carefully.

Calming Baking Soda Bath

The fastest way to cool sunburn is to soak in a tub of tepid water. Lavender calms skin and baking soda draws out heat.

  • 200g baking soda
  • 5 drops lavender oil
  • 5 drops chamomile oil

Add all ingredients to bath water and stir to dissolve. Soak in the bath for up to 20 minutes. Pat skin dry very gently or air dry if possible.

Herbal Healing Bath Remedy

The antioxidants in tea can help speed up healing of the damaged skin. Chamomile soothes the skin and provided healing compounds.

  • 3 litres water
  • 2 teaspoons dried chamomile
  • 2 teaspoons dried green tea
  • 2 teaspoons dried comfrey
  • 2 teaspoons dried calendula

Bring the water and herbs to a boil in a covered pot. Remove from heat and steep until cool. Strain and add to a tepid bath.

Aloe gel is quite effective in the treatment of sunburn. Gel taken directly from an aloe plant is perfect to soothe skin. Aloe gel should not be used on broken skin or on severe burns. Other good ingredients for sunburn remedies include sandlewood paste, yoghurt, cabbage, comfrey paste.

Herbs can aid skin with their regenerating, antiseptic and soothing properties. Good natural choices for sunburn help promote healing, protect from infection and reduce skin inflammation.

Source: Vukovic, Laurel 1001 Natural Remedies Dorling Kindersley