After a wonderful day at the pool, I noticed I had not used as much sunblock as I should have. As a result, I had first-degree sunburn. I was red, but not blistered. My friends suggested I head for the store to purchase a sunburn remedy. I explained I didn’t need a store remedy; I had something I could use in my home. They were intrigued. I’d like to share my sunburn remedies with you.
It is important to keep in mind that these remedies may provide relief for first-degree sunburn. A first-degree sunburn is red skin without any blistering. There may be little, moderate or intense pain upon wearing clothing over the area. If blistering is present, seek medical attention.
This article is not intended to replace advice from any licensed physician. If you have any doubts about using home or natural remedies, or are taking medications that may cause a reaction, please speak to your doctor first.
It seems strange to coat burned skin with milk, but you really are not basting yourself. This is a remedy my mom used to apply when we came inside looking like lobsters. It really does help to kill the pain and cut down on peeling.
Use whole milk that is room temperature or just a little cooler. Direct from the refrigerator is 40 degrees, which is too cold and will cause pain when applied to the burned skin.
Among the easiest plants and most medicinal to grow, I have a two-foot tall plant with leaves almost four inches wide at my home. I simply slice off a branch, open it with a knife, scoop out the gel, mash it well and apply it directly to the burned skin. I get instant relief; I reapply it as necessary. I have never had a reaction to the plant. It works on heat burns as well as the radiation burns from the sun.
Yarrow is a native to North America; it is often sold by nurseries as butterfly attractant for its flowers and foliage. You can also purchase dried yarrow in health food stores. Make tea from the herb and add it to your bath; the temperature should be warm or cool, not hot. Soaking in yarrow will reduce or eliminate the pain. This herb has many other medicinal uses as well.
Honey has been known for its antibacterial and healing properties for centuries. Apply it to the burned area. It will produce pain relief as well as encourage the growth of new skin. It is best to use organic honey. Amazingly, it is still used for wound care throughout the world.
Laugh if you must, but the humble and inexpensive potato has been used for pain relief by many different cultures. The secret is to use raw potatoes. Wash, but do not peel the potatoes to be used. Finely mince one or two potatoes and place in a blender. Include any liquid from the cutting board. Add only just enough water to make a puree. Hit the puree button first, then add water a few drops at a time. Apply the paste to the skin; wash off in the shower after it has dried. You can also make a compress by placing the mash on a clean cloth and applying to the skin; change it once an hour.
We are mostly made up of water. Part of the process of burning is the evaporation of water. Your skin and body is dehydrated from being in the sun. Drink plenty of water throughout the day; sodas and alcohol do not count as they remove water from your body. You should drink enough water to have clear urine. Bathe in a cool bathtub or in a shower using a gentle stream of water for soothing relief.
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Source: Chris Kilham, “Natural Remedies for Sunburn,” Fox News website, 5 July 2012
Source: Amanda Chan, “10 Natural Sunburn Remedies,” Huffington Post website, 9 May 2012
Source: Staff Article, “10 Home Remedies for Sunburn,” How Stuff Works website, no date given