Natural Sunburn Remedies

Discover natural sunburn remedies from your garden, including aloe vera, cucumber, calendula, witch hazel and eggplant.

| August/September 2002

Natural sunburn remedies like aloe vera and eggplant soothe a sunburn using natures pharmacy.

From grade school through high school, I lounged by the swimming pool all summer, soaking up the sun. In college, I played the bass fiddle and guitar at several beaches during the summer. All that sun exposure placed me at considerable risk for skin cancer, and I’ve endured the consequences. I’ve already had a patch of cancer removed, and other blemishes have appeared that soon will need attention.

I’ve learned my lesson. Now, whenever I know I’ll be in the sun, I use sunscreen and wear long-sleeved shirts, and sometimes don lightweight gloves and a broad-brimmed hat.

Given that I frequently travel to the Amazon, all of this protection is essential. And although I do what I can to keep the sun off, I seem to get sunburned even when I’m all covered. Still, it’s worth the effort to protect myself, and I’d urge you to do the same. When you do get burned its wise to use a natural sunburn remedy.

The Green Pharmacy: Natural Sunburn Remedies

As burns go, most sunburns are comparatively mild. But sunburns cover more of the body than most everyday burns. In addition to increasing cancer risk, they can be quite painful. Fortunately, nature has provided us with several good natural sunburn remedies.

Tea (Camellia sinensis). In China, it is often recommended to apply cooled black tea to the skin to soothe sunburn. That makes sense to file because of several beneficial chemical compounds tea contains.

6/3/2013 7:47:30 PM

I have always had luck with vinegar. It soothes and it keeps you from cooking more.

6/3/2013 11:55:43 AM

Once, after a day in the sun, we were told to use amonia (make sure it is clear, not the lemon or ther stuff in it). This works as an astrengent or something. The proof for us was it worked to reduce heat and blistering and where we did not apply, it was worse. Try it and leave part undone to see. Use caution on the face and around eyes. Just keep them closed until it evaporates.

6/3/2013 10:40:32 AM

also coconut oil

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