Natural Sunburn Remedies - Home Treatments for Relief
Are you seeking natural sunburn remedies?
Although prevention is the best cure for sunburns, if you have already developed a sunburn despite your best intentions, then there are also some remedies that you can practice at home in order to ease the pain and swelling that can accompany an uncomfortable sunburn.
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In natural health and healing, we believe in holistic health and healing, as we realize that different parts of the human body are highly interlinked, often beyond Man's understanding. We also believe that the body has the ability to heal itself of any disease, even supposedly incurable diseases.
In order to do so, the body needs the support of some basic dietary and lifestyle good health habits, such as a full body detox and a proper understanding and application of nutrition. No matter how remote or unrelated a health condition may seem, these fundamental health steps will greatly magnify the effects and benefits of any of our health-promoting efforts, including the use of specific natural health remedies.
Taking 1,000 mg of vitamin C, 15 mg of beta carotene, and 400 I.U. of vitamin E following a burn can help speed up the recovery time and lessen the pain and swelling associated with a sunburn. You can purchase most of these supplements at health food stores.
Generally, we much prefer whole food supplements to single-compound ones. Of course, you can also boost your nutritional intake via consumption of healthful foods, such as fresh juices and fresh, raw organic fruits and vegetables.
Indeed, good nutrition is an oft underestimated but very important part of natural sunburn remedies and prevention.
Cold Creams and Aloe
You might have heard that using butter on your sunburn was a good idea to soothe it, but it's actually not a good idea at all. Butter can actually increase your risk of infection.
Instead, stick to cold creams and aloe. Aloe can relieve pain and inflammation. You can also mix it with vitamin E, which is a good moisturizer and will help with the peeling.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is another of the good natural sunburn remedies. Apply apple cider vinegar to the affected areas with a cotton ball, but make sure that the cotton is well saturated, so that it doesn't stick to the blisters that might be there. This remedy will help with the peeling and blistering.
Cold Bath with Herbal Essential Oils
Taking a cool bath with chamomile and lavender oils can be soothing and help ease pain. Try to stay in the tub for around 10 minutes. Any longer than that and you might find yourself feeling uncomfortable.
Avoid taking a shower, because the beating of the water on your sunburn might be painful. You should also avoid warm water, which can be painful, too.
Another of the useful herbal sunburn remedies is calendula tincture, which can also heal burnt skin and can be used for inflammation. Mix 4 ounces of water with 20 drops of calendula tincture, and bathe the affected area with a cotton ball.
Further, you can try applying plain yogurt to your skin. Leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse it off. Some people also mix yogurt with mashed strawberries and apply the mixture to the skin for 15 minutes for added relief.
St John's Wort
If the skin has not broken into blisters, then using St John's Wort can be effective in healing burns. It is both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. St John's Wort can be purchased at most health food stores.
Other Home Remedies for Sunburn in the Kitchen
There are also some items that you can probably find in your kitchen that might be helpful as natural home sunburn remedies.
Cucumbers can be sliced and applied to the skin to soothe the painful areas. Ice can also be used to soothe the skin, although you might not want to apply it directly to the skin itself.
In addition, milk also acts as a soothing measure, and it can be applied directly to the skin in a compress. Although not as soft as milk and ice, potatoes and onions can act as natural sunburn remedies, too - they can be cut up and placed on the burns as well.
When you have a sunburn, it is very important to remember to cover up when you go back outside. Additional damage can be done to your skin and the hot rays on your burn will make your sunburn even more painful.
There are many other tips and suggestions for sunburn prevention and sunburn relief, some of which you probably would not have even considered. To learn more about other natural sunburn remedies, you may wish to read the other related sunburn articles and pages.
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