Eight home remedies to soothe sunburn

by: PF Louis, NaturalNews

Summer provides the opportunity for vitamin D3 and sunbathing and tanning for  many who have been confined to the indoors for several months. It is also a time  for more outdoor activities under the sun. But overdoing it, especially at  first, leads to sunburn for most.
Knowing how to sooth and heal sunburns  naturally is to your advantage.

 

Here are eight natural sunburn remedy  tips:
(1) Aloe vera gel may be the best sunburn solution. Try to purchase  a tube or jar of gel with the least amount of fillers or preservatives. Even  better, simply use the gooey stuff inside a freshly cut aloe vera leaf. You can  purchase an indoor plant or plant one outdoors.
Cut off a section of  leaf, peal off the outer skin and wipe the gooey pulp onto your sunburned skin.  Don’t wipe it off. Instantly, you’ll feel refreshed and the healing will occur  more rapidly without blistering or peeling. You can store the remaining leaf in  the fridge for a while. Apply commercially sold gels the same way.
(2)  Bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) is handy for a lot of things, even cleaning or  absorbing odors. You should have a box or two available and not just in your  refrigerator for absorbing odors.
It can be taken orally for many health  issues, from indigestion to cancer. (http://www.naturalnews.com/029099_baking_soda_household.html)
For  sunburn, simply mix four tablespoons of baking soda (not baking powder) in a  good sized bowl of cool water. Soak a clean cloth or cotton balls in the bowl  and dab onto your sunburned area.
(3) Hydrate amply with pure or purified  water. Heavy sun exposure often causes dehydration. So drinking more water is a  good idea. Sitting in cool, non-chlorinated water for a while helps  too.
(4) Skim milk for sunburn? One source claims mixing one cup of skim  milk with four cups of cold water, creating a compress and applying to your  sunburn for a half hour every four hours until the pain and irritation  subside.
(5) Vitamin E gel or fluid is appropriate for a sunburn that  went untreated early and is getting out of hand with blistering and peeling. You  can simply put holes in vitamin E gel capsules and apply directly to the  affected area, or purchase a vitamin E gel or oil directly.
Make sure you  use natural vitamin E, not a synthetic version.
(6) Oatmeal essence is as  unusual a choice as skim milk, but many swear by it. There are three  methods:
* Infuse lukewarm bath water by swishing a clean sock filled  with one cup of uncooked oatmeal in the water until it turns milky, then get  into the tub and soak
* You can convert a cup of rolled oats into powder  with a blender, food processor or coffee grinder. Dissolve the oats under the  faucet as the water fills the tub, then soak for 30 minutes. Rinse off with cool  water after soaking with either preparation.
* Make a paste using the  oatmeal powder and rub it onto the skin. This helps your skin retain its natural  oils.
(7) Green tea has been used by some to relieve sunburn pain and  boost healing. You can sit in cool bathwater with six or more green teabags  floating around, or simply put cool, wet green tea bags onto the affected  area.
(8) Apple cider vinegar, unpasteurized and unfiltered, can be used  to relieve the pain of sunburn and speed up healing, even if the sunburn gets to  peeling or blistery phase. It may sting at first, but it is effective (ACV  System details, source below).
Sources for this article  include:
ACV System details http://www.scribd.com
http://www.angieslist.com
http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/publish/aloe-vera.shtml

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