Winter is officially over and I am sporting a mean farmer’s tan. Truth be told, I was sporting a super bright red sunburn, with blisters even, for a few days. Sigh. It’s been a long winter for my pale skin.
When I was a kid, I remember sunburn being so awful. I also remember being sprayed down with Solarcaine. Then there was the miserable night of trying to sleep with stiff, hot skin.
Typically, I ease my family out into the sun as summer comes along and just avoid the hottest times of the day. However, it was SO nice out and it didn’t feel that HOT. Yikes. I was wrong. Thankfully, the kids escaped the sunburn, leaving me with some red stripes.
When I realized just how red I was, I went for a few go to’s and was impressed about how well they worked. Not only was I able to sleep, most of the sunburn didn’t hurt, other than a spot on my neck which seemed to be the worst part.
Now, three days later, I don’t look red and I’m not peeling. I strongly believe the herbs, oils and salve did the trick .
Natural relief for Sunburn!
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1.) The first thing I did was mix some lavender essential oil with aloe gel and applied a THICK layer on the skin that was burned. I did this a few times through the evening until I had time to take a shower. This helped the skin from becoming stiff and also the lavender brought pain relief.
2.) After getting the kids in bed and the house taken care of, I decided I need to take a bath to soak my burn a bit. (You want to make sure you are not using hot water!!) Plantain is a soothing herb we often use for wounds here. It is also great for burns.
I decided to make a ‘tea’ bath and add lots of plantain. You can make a very strong batch of ‘tea’ in a large pan using fresh or dried plantain, making it nice and strong, then pour it in your bath. (Be warned, it looks a bit like swamp water)
Another option is to add dried and powdered plantain to your tub of water. This is what I did as I accidentally ordered powered plantain. It works very well, but makes your tub messy. (I like to order dried herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs.)
I couldn’t believe how soothing this was to my skin. When I got out of the tub, my skin wasn’t hot or tight.
3.) After my bath, I let my self air dry as there was no way I was going to rub a rough towel over my burn! Yikes!
When I was dry, I slathered a thick coat of salve on my skin. If you don’t have an herbal salve handy, I’d put on a layer of coconut oil.
While I can’t say that I wasn’t a bit uncomfortable in a few spots, overall, I slept great and the next morning my burn was remarkable better.
I did this process again the next day and now, my sunburn looks much better, with no peeling. (Even where a few of the small blisters were)
I can’t say I recommend running out to get a burn because the best way to get relief from sunburn is to prevent it, but this process helped the healing of my skin.
What are your favorite remedies for sunburn relief?