Natural Sunburn Relief

It is the time of year to be outside.  There are lots of garden projects to do and hiking trails calling my name.  It is great that it is finally warm enough to get out there in the sun. 

A little bit of sun is a wonderful thing.  Not only does it feel fantastic on your skin and give you a pretty glow, it helps your body produce vitamin D3 and boosts your immune system.  Too much sun on the other hand can be a really real pain.  About 15 to 30 minutes of sun a day is going to be good for you and after that you need to cover up.

Prevention is the Key.  By all means, avoid getting a sunburn.  However, if it does happen, here are some natural remedies that really work.

Avoid further sun exposure until your symptoms have subsided.  Sunburns can continue to develop 12 to 24 hours after exposure.

After being in the sun, take a cool shower.

Place a cool moist towel over any areas that got too much sun, and take a rest.  Do not apply ice.  It can take several hours for a sunburn to become apparent.

Drink plenty of water and peppermint tea to keep you hydrated and to cool you from the inside out.

Sun Soak
1 C. apple cyder vinegar
1 C.  dry oatmeal
1 C. baking soda
7 drops peppermint oil

Mix ingredients into a tepid bath and soak for 30  minutes.

Sun soak 2
make a tea of chamomile, black and green tea.  Pour it in your bath water and soak.  Alternately you can take the moistened tea bags and place them directly on the burn.

Burn pultice
1 C. regular yogert
1 grated raw potato
1 grated raw cucumber

Apply mixture to your skin and let set for 20 to 30 minutes. 

Aahhh  Aloe Sunburn Spray
1 C. aloe juice
20 drops lavender oil
10 drops rosemary oil

Apply to burn with a spray bottle or a cotton ball.  Keep in the fridge and use within 4 to 6 months.

Sunburn Spray 2
1/4 C. distilled water
2 T. aloe vera gel
1 T. witch hazel
6 drops lavender oil
1 drop chamomile oil
1 drop tea tree oil

Mix the essential oil with the witch hazel.  Add the distilled water and aloe.  Store in a spray bottle.   Shake well before using.

After sun Skin Conditioner
1/2 t. sweet almond oil
1/2 t. aloe vera gel
1/8 t. liquid lecithin
12 drops evening primrose oil
1 drop tea tree oil
1 drop carrot seed oil

Using a whisk mix the almond oil,primrose oil, and liquid lecithin together.  Add the aloe gel and mix.  add the essential oil and mix again.  Gently massage into skin.  Store any leftovers in a jar with a lid.

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