Instant Sunburn Relief & Cure

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Somehow or other someone in our family always manages to get a sunburn at least once per summer. This year, it just happened to be me. I spent the day on the coast catching a cooler full of blue crabs to share with friends and family and although I applied sunscreen to my face first thing in the morning, I somehow managed to get sidetracked. This, my friends, is what you’ll look like if you too get sidetracked . . . but don’t worry, there is an easy fix that offers INSTANT pain relief that lasts . . .
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You’ll Need:

a Large Bowl
Earl Grey Tea Bags

Place 5-7 earl grey tea bags in your coffee pot filter holder and then run a pot of water through your coffeepot. Once it’s done brewing, transfer the tea into a large bowl and add the teabags that you used to brew the pot of tea.

Let it cool to room temperature. Soak a clean towel in the bowl of room temperature Earl Grey tea. Wring it out gently and apply it to directly to the burned area for a minimum of 30 minutes. Do not use sprays, aloe or any other “treatment”. This tea MUST be applied within 6-8 hours of the initial burn to be most effective. It will immediately relieve pain. By the next morning, it will look like my back does here in the 4th photo.

Pain is gone, tan remains. This does not work with plain tea, it only seems to work well with Earl Grey tea.

I absolutely do NOT recommend burning and I highly recommend sunscreen, like this simple No Sweat Sunscreen (which really does work if you don’t forget to put it on!!)

Disclaimer, as with all recipes on this site, we’re not doctors, this is just what we personally use, use it or don’t, but it’s your choice and responsibility regardless.

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47 Comments

  1. the reason why earl grey tea is affective over other teas is it has oil of bergamont i n it, it is what flavors the tea. its also great to drink as well.

    • the reason why Earl Grey tea is affective over other teas is it has Oil of Bergamont i n it, it is what flavors the tea. Its also great to drink as well.

      I had a terrible sunburn when I was a teenager – way back in the 80’s. My aunt is a nurse and advised my mom to make very strong, black tea, let it cool and use clean white sheet torn in pieces to place on my sunburn.

      I had large blisters on my thighs that night. My mom, a saint, got up during the night and changed the cloths every few hours. By morning, the blisters were gone and most of the pain had subsided.

      That was just plain of Lipton tea…

  2. earl grey tea is just like the other teas, it is cut black tea, but what makes it different is it has oil of bergamont in it to flavor it. its the flavoring that does the trick!

    • Sounds good.Hope I never have to use it, but thanks.

      I have to today, it sucks so much, hope u dont have to feel the pain im going through with water blisters and continuous. Pain

  3. using “regular” tea works also. my brother is a red head, and often worked outside without a shirt,(back in the 70s when we didn’t think of skin cancers) and this worked great for him. Brew a real strong tea in a pot on the stove, let it cool for a bit and add a couple of trays of ice.

    Soak a hand towel into the now iced tea, wring it out and apply to burned area until you can feel the heat coming through the towel. Re-soak and apply until heat subsides. Works wonders.

    • Using “regular” tea works also. My brother is a red head, and often worked outside without a shirt,(back in the 70s when we didn’t think of skin cancers) and this worked great for him. Brew a real strong tea in a pot on the stove, let it cool for a bit and add a couple of trays of ice. Soak a hand towel into the now iced tea, wring it out and apply to burned area until you can feel the heat coming through the towel. Re-soak and apply until heat subsides. Works wonders.

      Will you still peel?

  4. vinegar works too! drape a towel over the burnt area and pour the vinegar on the towel, for at least 30 mins, I generally leave it on overnight. I’ve had sun poison on my legs to where they were swollen more than twice their size, I did this and next morning, the swelling was gone and so was the pain.

    • I would like to know if you will still peel after u do the earl tea treatment

      It depends on how badly you burn. Some do, some don’t.

  5. this works! my grandson had a sunburn on his back and i steeped the earl grey tea, soaked a small towel, wrung it out and put on his back for about 30 minutes. This was at night.

    The next morning he had no pain! Yea!!!:smile1:

  6. Can you make this up a day or two ahead of time or does it need to be fresh? I camp with 11 cousins and every year someone manages to get burned (either the sunscreen is old, washed off, missed a spot… no matter how we watch each other something usually gets missed) It would be nice to have on hand just in case.

    I just think it would be nice to not have to wait for it to cool down. Thanks!

  7. You’re actually not supposed to ever put food/drinks/condiments/spices etc, on open wounds (burns are considered open wounds) for high risk of infection. JS···
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    • You’re actually not supposed to ever put food/drinks/condiments/spices etc, on open wounds (burns are considered open wounds) for high risk of infection. JS···
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      I completely disagree with this statement. Many herbs and spices that we use in our food and drinks have been used for hundreds sometimes thousands of years successfully to cure various degrees of wounds and infections. For example, cayenne pepper can be used to stop profuse bleeding within 60 sec by applying it to an open wound.

      • I completely disagree with this statement. Many herbs and spices that we use in our food and drinks have been used for hundreds sometimes thousands of years successfully to cure various degrees of wounds and infections. For example, cayenne pepper can be used to stop profuse bleeding within 60 sec by applying it to an open wound.

        I have used a variety of herbs and spices over decades to treat open wounds. They never get infection from these treatments. Not just on myself but babies thru elderly.

        The Natives did as well as many other cultures, and I trust thousands of years experience before any pharma treatments.

  8. Using Regular tea without a doubt absolutely works!!! My mother, grandmother and great grandmother have been doing this for years!!!! My brother and I are red heads and always burn!!!!

    Save your money and use the regular tea!! No need for anything other than regular tea!!!

  9. Vinegar works great too! Pour it over a shirt, towel, ect by morning the the burn’s gone, it helped me with sun poisoning where my legs were so swollen I though they were going to split, I drapes a towel over each leg and had the wife pour the vinegar over them, next morning , no swelling, no burn, no pain….

    • Vinegar works great too! Pour it over a shirt, towel, ect by morning the the burn’s gone, it helped me with sun poisoning where my legs were so swollen I though they were going to split, I drapes a towel over each leg and had the wife pour the vinegar over them, next morning , no swelling, no burn, no pain….

      Would you use Apple Cider vinegar or the clear vinegar ?

  10. This is wonderful natural advise and I will certainly try it.

    On another note, budget101.com, kindly see the two typos of “Early” in the first paragraph, for editing. If you need assistance proofreading your posts, feel free to contact me.

    • This is wonderful natural advise and I will certainly try it.

      On another note, budget101.com, kindly see the two typos of “Early” in the first paragraph, for editing. If you need assistance proofreading your posts, feel free to contact me.

      Thank you, unfortunately it was the auto-correct software that is installed in our platform that changed it to begin with. I don’t know what dictionary it utilizes, but it seems to have a very limited selection of words within it. LOL!

      • Thank you, unfortunately it was the auto-correct software that is installed in our platform that changed it to begin with. I don’t know what dictionary it utilizes, but it seems to have a very limited selection of words within it. lol!

        lol, freebie queen! sometimes technology has a mind of its’ own doesn’t it?

    • This is wonderful natural advise and I will certainly try it.

      On another note, budget101.com, kindly see the two typos of “Early” in the first paragraph, for editing. If you need assistance proofreading your posts, feel free to contact me.

      Advice. If you need assistance proofreading comments, please do not contact me.

      • Advice. If you need assistance proofreading comments, please do not contact me.

        indeed, you are correct. thank you for bringing my blatant error to light. please know that my “proofreading” comment was meant in jest…

        You may want to edit your own comment, first. Advise = the act of giving advice.

        indeed, you are correct. thank you for bringing my blatant error to light. if i can figure out how to edit my comment, i most certainly will.

        the name of the tea is earl grey not early grey

        indeed. in hindsight, i perhaps should have sent my note in a private message to the admins. thank you for your comment.

      • Advice. If you need assistance proofreading comments, please do not contact me.

        Why correct him.if you know what he meant

    • This is wonderful natural advise and I will certainly try it.

      On another note, budget101.com, kindly see the two typos of “Early” in the first paragraph, for editing. If you need assistance proofreading your posts, feel free to contact me.

      You may want to edit your own comment, first. Advise = the act of giving advice.

        • Actually, to be fair, we took MrsCapo’s sound advice and fixed our error (we had written “Early Grey” rather than “Earl Grey” and she was kind enough to let us know. Sometimes our autocorrect “fixes” things and sometimes my fingers move faster than my eyes/brain, lol. No worries in either case, we try to fix grammatical errors as quickly as possible & we appreciate when they are reported/shared so we can attend to them.

          Hope you’ve all had a fabulous weekend!

    • This is wonderful natural advise and I will certainly try it.

      On another note, budget101.com, kindly see the two typos of “Early” in the first paragraph, for editing. If you need assistance proofreading your posts, feel free to contact me.

      the name of the tea is earl grey not early grey

    • This is wonderful natural advise and I will certainly try it.

      On another note, budget101.com, kindly see the two typos of “Early” in the first paragraph, for editing. If you need assistance proofreading your posts, feel free to contact me.

      I think you mean “advice”.

    • Perhaps you could follow your own advice and find the difference between advise and advice……before you comment on other posts

      This is wonderful natural advise and I will certainly try it.

      • Perhaps you could follow your own advice and find the difference between advise and advice……before you comment on other posts

        This is wonderful natural advise and I will certainly try it.

        indeed. thank you for bringing my error to light. if i am able to edit my post, i most certainly will.

        Yes my thoughts exactly , before you criticize you should ensure you are correct yourself

        thank you. if i am able to correct my post, i most certainly will. please know my comment was not intended to be critical in any way, but simply shared as an “fyi” to the admins.

        in hindsight, i should have sent the information in a private message and will be sure to do so in the future.

    • This is wonderful natural advise and I will certainly try it.

      On another note, budget101.com, kindly see the two typos of “Early” in the first paragraph, for editing. If you need assistance proofreading your posts, feel free to contact me.

      ***advice! Sorry just considering you were wanting to correct previous typos I figured you would like to correct yours

    • This is wonderful natural advise and I will certainly try it.

      On another note, budget101.com, kindly see the two typos of “Early” in the first paragraph, for editing. If you need assistance proofreading your posts, feel free to contact me.

      that is the name of the tea. earl grey tea. not a typo.

      maybe you need to learn more about tea. it is great to use tea or vinagar on burns. im a red head and have 2 red heads.

      And yes you some time peel it does pull out the burning feel. I know my gramar and spelling are bad. Editor Mrs Capo.

    • This is wonderful natural advise and I will certainly try it.

      On another note, budget101.com, kindly see the two typos of “Early” in the first paragraph, for editing. If you need assistance proofreading your posts, feel free to contact me.

      advice*
      i don’t think they will be hiring you for proofreading.

  11. I don’t know much about sunburn but i have also read once in home remedies “apple cider vinegar and/or coconut oil” will be useful for sunburn
    it’s really easy and simple tips to follow – thanks liss

  12. Cold yellow mustard, apply very gently. When it cools down, gently wipe off and reapply. Repeat until no heat of the sunburn is emitted….

    Emts use this…. I’ve used it many times, even on my hubby’s welding heat burns

  13. It does work with regular teabags have used it for years being that i grew up on beach and spent every spare minute in the bay

  14. It absolutely will work with cheap store brand tea bags. For larger areas, boil several tea bags in a pot of water to make very strong tea. Strain the tea bags and pout the tea into the tub.

    Fill with tepid water and soak 20-30 minutes. Leave the tea water in the tub for additional soakings. Tea has tannic acid and is used for burns.

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