The dog days of summer have arrived and you’ve had your fun in the sun, but are you paying for it now?
Recently after spending a long day mowing a couple acres, shirtless, soaking up the sunshine, a friend of mine discovered the not so fun part of summer, sunburn. . .
15+ Ways to Alleviate Sunburn Fast
Here are some tips to take out the heat:
1 For instant sunburn relief fast, make a strong iced tea (made from infused teabags, no sugar please!) Specifically, the application of earl grey tea is particularly effective in relieving sunburn pain. Seriously, use this one first and you won’t need any of the others.
2 Apply a solution of 2 cups of white Vinegar and 1 cup of cold water- mixed in a spray bottle.
3 Witch hazel contains anti-inflammatory properties that may help alleviate sunburn discomfort. Witch hazel can be applied directly to sunburns using a cloth or cotton ball. Witch hazel may be especially soothing when combined with aloe vera, which is another popular anti-inflammatory plant.
4 Apply a paste of baking soda and water, allow to set.
5MYO Soothing Sunburn “Lotion”
1 cup of White Vinegar
5 Tbs Salt
5 Tbs Plain Yogurt
2 Tbs Aloe Gel
Combine until well blended, store in fridge. To use, shake well and then smooth over affected areas.
62nd: Sun Burn Lotion Recipe
1 cup of non-medicated hypoallergenic lotion
5 drops clove essential oil (don’t increase the amount, it will cause irritation)
5 drops peppermint essential oil (don’t increase the amount, it will cause irritation)
2-4 teaspoons powdered Comfrey Root (or more if desired)
2-4 tablespoons Aloe Vera gel (or more if desired)
Mix together thoroughly in a bowl. Chill, for an even better cooling effect.
7MYO Soothing Sunburn Mist
2 oz water
9 drops of lavender essential oil
2 drops of peppermint essential oil
1 drop of spearmint essential oil
Combine all in a small travel sized spritz bottle, to use spritz generously on affected area.
8Cucumber Sunburn Lotion
1 cucumber – chopped
1/4 cup Glycerin
1/4 cup Rose-water
Combine all in blender, strain through cheesecloth & apply.
9Sunburn Soothing Bath
2-4 cups *Colloidal oatmeal
1/2 to 1 cup baking soda
1-2 cups powdered Chamomile flowers
Combine all ingredients in a square of cheesecloth (or a clean nylon stocking) Tie off to faucet as tub is filling.
Caution: If you experience chills, fever, blisters or rash, you may have sun poisoning. Contact a Physician!
What is Colloidal Oatmeal? Colloidal oatmeal is made of finely ground oats. It is effective in calming and soothing inflamed skin. Colloidal oatmeal can be found in cream or powder form. Alternatively, you can make your own Collodial oatmeal by finely grinding oats into a flour.
How to make your own Colloidal Oatmeal
It’s simple, quick, and might save you a little money if you make colloidal oatmeal at home.
Here’s how to do it:
1 To a food processor, coffee grinder, or blender, add whole, uncooked oatmeal.
2 Pulse the mixture until it resembles fine, off-white powder.
3 It’s easy to test if it’s fine enough to mix with water by mixing about 1 tablespoon (15 grams) into a pint (16 ounces or 473 mL). A milky white color should develop in the water. If not, grind the oatmeal even more.
To Use: Pour about 1 cup (237 grams) of the powder into lukewarm water and soak in it for 10–15 minutes.
Various Natural-Home Made Remedies Submitted by our Readers:
10 Apply undiluted apple cider vinegar to sunburn.
11 Mix 10 ounces Non-fat Dry Milk, 2 tablespoons salt and 25 ounces water. Saturate cloth and apply to sunburn 20 minutes.
12 Use Aloe plant, or pure aloe vera gel.
13 If the burn has blistered, slices of red onions (taken directly from the fridge) will pull out the burn and pain. Slice the onion and apply large rounds directly to the blisters. (Lay them on like a poultice)
14 Apply thin slices of cold cucumbers or potato directly to the skin.
15 Apply cold, plain yogurt, then rinse with cool water.
16 For eyelid burns, apply cold, used tea bags to closed eyelids to relieve pain and swelling.
What’s YOUR Favorite remedy when you’ve accidentally gotten sunburned?