What’s the first natural remedy that pops into your head when you hear the word sunburn?
It’s the only one I know of that the drugstores sell (although if the tubes are green, they’ve added dye and probably some fragrance ).
We usually keep an aloe plant in the house and just break off a leaf when needed and resort to the stuff in the tube for vacations only.
But I bet you have some other remedies already in your house…
Apple Cider Vinegar. Either apply directly to the sunburn or put a cup or two into a lukewarm bath and soak for 20 minutes. You may not smell too pretty, but the burning feeling will subside and the peeling will be minimal, if any.
Baking Soda. Make a thick paste with a little water and spread over the burn. Let it dry. Wipe up with a wet cloth and repeat as necessary. Really “soaks” up the burning feeling. Isn’t as effective with peeling in my experience.
Coconut Oil. Since it is a solid at room temperature, it’s kind of like using lotion. Instant relief of the burn. Will control the peeling.
Oil of Oregano. I’m a HUGE fan of this stuff (it got rid of my asthma, remember?) It is the one I go to when there is blistering involved.
These are the three I’ve tried, but I’ve also heard of success with raw egg whites, cold potato slices, tomato slices, tea bag baths and witch hazel.
All of these remedies will work best when applied as soon as you get out of the sun. There seems to be a small window of opportunity for any remedy to work, especially if you’re in pain and concerned about peeling.
So go out and enjoy these last couple of weeks of summer! Hopefully you won’t need to worry about relieving a sunburn, but if you do, try one of these. And let me know how they work for you!