School is out for the summer and outdoor activities are in session. Summer sports camps, canoeing trips, swimming, and beach vacations all include spending hours under the hot sun. Even if you've taken precaution to avoid sunburn, it can happen. If you find yourself in need of soothing a sunburn, try these safe, natural, relieving home treatments. Most likely you have some of these ingredients on hand.
Do you need to soothe sunburn? Try one or more of these 7 relieving home treatments.
1. Sunburn dehydrates the body; drink plenty of water or caffeine-free, nonalcoholic beverages to replenish fluids.
2. To avoid drying and damaging your skin further, don’t take hot showers, baths, saunas, or use a hot tub when sunburned. Avoid further sun exposure until the burn has healed.
3. To a tub of lukewarm water, add a quart of chamomile tea. Make sure the water is not hot before getting in the tub. Soak in the tub for 30 minutes.
4. To a tub of cool water, add one pound of baking soda and soak for 30 minutes.
5. Add several drops of lavender essential oil and a cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath water and soak for 30 minutes.
6. Aloe not only relieves the discomfort of sunburn, but also aides in the healing process while moisturizing the skin. Apply aloe vera gel to the painful, sunburned areas every hour for relief. If you have an aloe plant, break off a leaf, slit it open with your fingernail and gently rub the gel inside onto the burn area.
7. Mix ½ c. raw honey and 1 c. milk together and apply the mixture to sunburned area. Leave on as long as possible for pain relief and to prevent skin from peeling. This treatment leaves a sticky residue on the skin. Wear a tee-shirt or cotton pajamas and sleep with their treatment on to allow the healing process to work overnight, if possible. Reapply as needed to ease discomfort and promote healing.
These home remedies are intended to offer helpful ways to soothe minor cases of sunburn only, and not to replace professional medical help, when needed. Severe cases of second-degree sunburn can produce swelling, blisters, nausea, fever, and chills. Professional medical attention may be necessary.
To learn how to prevent sunburn naturally, read: http://www.journeytonatliv.com/1/post/2013/05/prevent-sunburn-naturally.html
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Deborah Tukua is a nonfiction author, and editor of Journey to Natural Living. She is author of seven books including, Naturally Sweet Blender Treats: 55 Fresh from the Blender Recipes, and Marketing Strategies for Chiropractic Success. Deborah has been a regular lifestyle feature writer for the Farmers' Almanac since 2004.
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