17 Naturally Soothing Sunburn Treatments

17 Naturally Soothing Sunburn Treatments  -  The best thing to do is prevent sunburn, but even when you do try to protect yourself, you may end up burned anyways. To avoid peeling and get rid of the redness and stinging, here are 17 sunburn treatments that are simple, fast, and effective.
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Sunburn is the bane of summertime, thwarting tans and forcing people to cover up. It can happen at any time of the year though, because it is the exposer to the ultra-violet rays of the sun that cause it.

 

When you’re getting bombarded with UV light, your exposed skin ups its production of melanin. Melanin is the dark pigment in the top layer of your skin (the epidermis) that gives it its color, and also determines how tan you can get.

 

Upping the production of melanin is the bodies’ way of protecting the deeper layers of the skin, and the tan acts as a shield against UV light.

 

However, the amount of melanin produced to protect you is determined by genetics (so people with fair skin produce less melanin and are more likely to burn) and all in all you end up with a natural shield equal to around SPF 4.

 

The best thing to do is prevent sunburn, but even when you do try to protect yourself, you may end up burned anyways.

 

To avoid peeling and get rid of the redness and stinging, here are 17 tips and home remedies for sunburn that are simple, fast, and effective.

 

17 Sunburn Treatments You Can Try

 

  1. Potato paste

 

If you’ve found yourself with searing hot red skin, root up a few potatoes. Potatoes have been known as a pain reliever throughout the years, working particularly well on minor skin irritations and soothing scratches, bites, and burns, as well as possibly reducing inflammation.

 

Some people feel that the juice of the potato works the best, while others feel just slices are sufficient. Try both sunburn treatments tips, and see which one is the best remedy for your sunburn.

 

You will need…
-2 potatoes
-A grater, blender, or knife
-Cotton balls, cotton pads, facial tissue, or gauze

 

Directions
Wash and scrub your potatoes thoroughly, and then either grate them over a bowl or cut them up and put them in a blender. There is no need to remove the peels.

 

If you’re using a blender, give them a whirl until they’ve become quite liquid. If they seem too dry, you can add a small amount of water.

 

Pour out the mixture, soak cotton balls thoroughly in it, and apply to sunburn.

 

An easier perhaps more effective method would be to soak gauze and lay it over the burn.

 

If you’re using a grater, grate the potatoes over a bowl and apply the pulp, trying to get as much juice as possible.

 

You can also try simply slicing the potatoes, and lying the slices directly on your burn.

 

  1. Cool milk compress

 

A cool milk compress is one of the quickest, simplest and low-cost sunburn treatments. It doesn’t get much easier than just heading to the refrigerator for relief-and easy is good when treating anything.

 

The initial coolness of the milk will ease the heat, while it also creates a layer of protein to protect your skin, help it heal, and further soothe discomfort.

 

You will need…
-Gauze or a clean, soft, washcloth
-Chilled milk

 

Directions

 

Pour a bowl of milk high enough so that you can thoroughly soak your compress in it. When the gauze or washcloth is saturated, let the excess liquid drain off.

 

Drape across your burn, pressing gently so that it stays in place, and leave it on for as long as needed. If the milk in the bowl becomes room temperature chill it before re-dunking your compress.

 

  1. Cornstarch/baking soda for fighting burns

 

Cornstarch, with its cool, silky texture, is a good way to naturally soothe your sunburn. Like milk, it is one of those things that you probably have lying around your house regardless of whether or not you planned on sizzling out in the sun.

 

If you don’t have cornstarch, try some baking soda for quick relief. Both  sunburn treatments can diminish the pain and lessen the blazing red appearance of the burn.

 

You will need…
-Cornstarch or baking soda
-Cool water

 

Directions
How much cornstarch or baking soda you need will vary depending on how big of an area you want to cover.

 

Whichever one you are using add cool water-not cold- little by little until it has reached a paste-like consistency.

 

Smear the paste gently over your burn and leave on until the heat or pain has let up some. Rinse off completely.

 

  1. Drink up

 

Sunburn is a burn. It sounds like stating the obvious, but we often don’t think about the fact that we really, truly, seared our skin. As with any other thing that burns your skin is dried out, and your body is probably dehydrated too.

 

Keep a tall glass or bottle of ice cold water on hand at all times to make sure you’re keeping yourself full of H20, which is necessary to heal your damaged skin.

 

  1. Cool off with mint & tea

 

Mint naturally cools and soothes whatever it touches, and sunburns are no exception. The tannic acid and theobromine found in green tea also helps relieve pain and heal damaged skin when applied topically.

 

You will need…
-1 quart of boiling water
-5 green tea bags
-3 cups of fresh mint leaves
-Cotton pads or a clean soft cloth

 

Directions
Bring 1 quart of water to a boil. Remove the strings and tags from the 5 tea bags and add them, as well as 3 cups of fresh mint leaves, to a pan.

 

Pour the boiling water over the mint leaves and tea bags and cover with a lid, letting is sit for approximately an hour so you can get all the good stuff out of it. Strain and then chill.

 

When the mixture has chilled thoroughly, use cotton pads or a clean soft cloth soaked in the liquid and apply directly to the burn. You can also pour it over the burn if you wish.

 

If you find yourself without green tea you can substitute black tea, which also contains tannins.

 

  1. Indulge in some aloe

 

Aloe vera gel is many peoples go-to when they have sunburn. It’s cool, soothing, and seems to suck the sting and redness right out of your sunburn.

 

Because aloe is useful for a number of other ailments (such as acne or heartburn) it’s handy to have a plant growing in your house. They’re easy to maintain, free from any additives, and you won’t have to keep running out to buy more from the store all the time once it’s big enough.

 

If you would really rather prefer not having the plant, getting some good quality aloe vera gel from the store is the next best thing-it’s also more practical for treating larger areas.

 

You will need…
-An aloe plant with thick, juicy, leaves
-Enough store bought gel to cover your burn

 

If using the plant, slit several big leaves down the middle, not cutting all the way through. Spread them flat, and lay on your burn. You can also squeeze the gel out.

 

If you’re using gel that’s already been extracted, apply however much you need to your sunburn. The plant is usually more practical when treating smaller areas, while the purchased aloe gel is easier to spread over a big burn. A combination of both works as well.

 

  1. Season with vinegar

 

Vinegar has been part of family lore for literally hundreds of years. While there is no official research done on how it helps sunburns in particular, there are a vast amount of people out there who swear up and down that vinegar helps heal sunburn, or mildly burned tissue in general.

 

Pure unfiltered apple cider vinegar seems to work the best, and often times proponents of this method say is most effective after a cool or tepid shower.

 

You will need…
-1 cup roughly apple cider vinegar
-a spray bottle (optional)
-Cotton balls or something similar for application

 

Directions
Try this after taking a water only shower if possible. Fill a spray bottle with pure unfiltered apple cider vinegar, and spritz it onto your burn, or soak cotton balls and apply. Let it dry.

 

  1. Wash it with witch hazel

 

Witch hazel is a staple when it comes to healing a number of ailments and maladies. Witch hazel is a plant, but only the leaves bark, and twigs, are used medicinally.

 

Witch hazels contain chemicals called “tannins” which, when applied to directly to the skin, can help reduce swelling, repair damaged skin, and ward off nasty bacteria.

 

You’ll most likely find witch hazel in a distilled liquid extract form, which simply distilled from the dried leaves, bark, and twigs of the plant. It may also be called witch hazel water.

 

You will need…
-3 tablespoons of witch hazel, approximately
-Cotton balls or a clean soft cloth

 

Directions
The amount of witch hazel you will need will depend on the area of the burn you want to cover. Pour the necessary amount into a bowl, and soak cotton balls or a clean cloth in the liquid.

 

Dab on just enough to cover the burn-it doesn’t need to be dripping off. Reapply as needed for pain.

 

  1. Take a bath with the Quaker guy

 

I should specify that I mean add oatmeal to a bath, and the one with the nice looking fellow wearing a hat tends to be the one most people have. That being said, any plain rolled oats will do.

 

The polysaccharides in oatmeal will coat and heal your skin, while the water cools you down and keeps your skin hydrated and moist.

 

Make sure your bath is tepid, or slightly on the cooler side. Cold water will seal off pores and your body will want to trap heat. The burn is hot enough that tepid water will still soothe it.

 

You will need…
-Roughly 2 cups of rolled oats, uncooked
-a clean tube sock

 

Directions
Fill a clean cotton tube sock with uncooked oatmeal and tie off the top. Make sure the top is really cinched off; otherwise the oatmeal will leak out and float around.

 

Run a bath full of tepid water, only a little on the cool side if you feel even tepid is too warm. Toss in the sock and let it soak for a few minutes before getting in the tub.

 

Squeeze the out the sock to get all the healing goodness, and repeat every few minutes. The water will get cloudy, and your skin may feel somewhat slick-which is a good thing. Let yourself air dry, or pat dry gently with a clean soft towel when you’re finished.

 

Note: Don’t linger for hours, as a super long soak may dry out your skin more in the end.

 

  1. DIY burn cream

 

Whipping up a cream to soothe your sunburn at home can be easy, provided you have the right ingredients. Not surprisingly, this cream contains water, witch hazel, aloe vera gel, mint leaves, and baking soda, all of which relieve sunburn for various reasons.

 

You can experiment by adding or subtracting other helpful ingredients to find out what works best for you.

 

You will need…
-1 tablespoon of witch hazel
-1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel
-2-4 teaspoons of baking soda or cornstarch
-1-2 cups of fresh mint leaves, or 1 teaspoon of peppermint oil
-2 tablespoons fresh, clean, water

 

Directions
Put 2 tablespoons of fresh water, 1 tablespoon of witch hazel, and 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel, in a small mixing bowl. Stir together and then cover, letting the mixture blend and infuse for 2 hours. After 2 hours, add 2-4 teaspoons of baking soda or cornstarch, and 1-2 cups of roughly chopped fresh mint leaves.

 

If it seems too runny add more baking soda or cornstarch slowly, or if it’s too thick, add small amounts of water slowly until desired consistency is reached.

 

Transfer to a jar or similar container with a tight fitting lid, and store in a cool dark place for 24 hours to let the cream fully infuse. You can than apply as needed.

 

Making some ahead of time and keeping it in the refrigerator ensures you always have a handy cream to heal any sunburn you get during the hot summer months.

 

  1. Don’t get burned

 

This had to be listed at some point-the best way to treat a burn is to not get burned in the first place. Forget about getting a ridiculous tan a.s.a.p. and apply some sunscreen. You’ll darken your skin gradually, and in a much healthier way.

 

  1. Use plain yogurt

 

Live cultured plain yogurt contains an abundance of probiotics and enzymes that help heal our skin. When you find yourself red and sunburned, it can help you recover faster. Make sure it’s truly plain yogurt, not vanilla, and that it has probiotics.

 

You will need…
-1/2 cup or so of plain live cultured yogurt

 

A half cup of plain yogurt should be sufficient to treat facial burns at least, but feel free to use more if you want to cover more area.

 

Wash your hands and apply cool yogurt directly to your burn, and let it sit for at least 5 minutes. When the pain has subsided, gently rinse it off with cool or tepid water.

 

  1. Avoid suds

Do not soak your burn in soapy water, or take a bubble bath. Soap can dry out and irritate your already irritated skin.

 

If you want to soak or submerge it, do so in a cool or tepid bath. When you’re done, pat yourself gently dry with a clean soft towel (be sure not to rub.)

 

If your skin feels tight or dry afterwards, apply aloe vera gel or a similar moisturizer.

 

  1. Double check your meds

 

Various antibiotics, creams, pills, and antifungal medication can make you ultra-sensitive to the sun. When I was treating my acne I would awe people with how I functioned in spite of my sizzling red my skin (if you count taking 30 minutes to pull on clothes functioning.) The medications I was on made me extremely sensitive to sunlight, and I burned after about 10 minutes outside.

 

Check with your doctor or read the side effects of your medications if you find yourself getting burned easier and on a more frequent basis than usual. It could be that you have to use a little extra protection if you’re compromised due to medicine.

 

  1. Apply, reapply

To get the most out the SPF (sun protection factor) of your sunscreen, apply it 30 minutes before you even go outside. Don’t neglect sensitive areas like your ears, the back of your neck and shoulders, and the backs of your legs and arms.

 

If you’re sweating or swimming, reapply as needed. Don’t get too big for your britches when you’ve been cooking yourself on the beach all day and haven’t gotten burned.

 

A sunburn doesn’t truly set in until 24 hours after sun exposure, and chances are you’ll be feeling the consequences of not covering up later.

 

  1. Watch the clock

 

While it would be impractical to advise people to stay indoors during the prime hours of the day, keep an eye on what time it is. The sun is the most powerful, and damaging, when around its highest point.

 

Between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm is when it’s at its strongest, so make sure you’re being wise about how you expose yourself.

 

  1. Cool it, cucumber

 

Instant relief-that’s what a cucumber is to scorched skin. Not only is a cool cucumber soothing to the burn simply because it is cool, but its antioxidant and analgesic properties promote healing and further relief from discomfort. You can apply it in a couple of ways, but however you do it, the swelling, redness, and pain should diminish soon.

 

You will need…
-1 or 2 fresh cucumbers, chilled
-A blender or a knife

 

Directions
If you’re going for mainly quick pain relief, slice up a chilled cucumber and lay the slices on your burned skin. Flip the slices when the first side heats up, like how you flip a pillow to get the cool side up.

 

For a longer lasting effect, chill 1 or 2 cucumbers and toss them in a blender to create a paste. Feel free to add in some aloe vera gel or cornstarch if you want it a little thicker.

 

Also watch this Video HERE to learn about other sunburn treatments

 

Sunburn is the perfect case of “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That being said you’ll still get burned from time to time, no matter how diligent you are.

 

Sunburn is also a great example of an ailment you can treat at home, without needing a bunch of special creams. On top of that, home remedies for minor sunburns are generally easy to whip up, and usually cost little to nothing.

 

Also, forget racing to get a tan, the long term effects just aren’t worth it. Be patient; protect yourself from harmful rays, and rest assured knowing that when you get older you’ll radiate a healthy glow that can’t be beat, no matter what color your skin is.

 

By Claire Goodall (a bee-obsessed natural-convert from Minnesota) who is a holistic health lover. She is the author of Everyday Roots Book.

 

It’s a Book that she creates to help you replace the toxic products and medications in your home with healthier, all-natural alternatives.

 

It contains 215+ effective home remedies and covers everything you will need to protect your family and save money every month.

 

For more details about her book, take a look at the Everyday Roots Book.

How to Get Cure for Insomnia?

 

How to Get Cure for Insomnia? You don't have to live with insomnia forever. Natural cure for insomnia will not only help you sleep, but it has been noted that in some cases, you'll be able to sleep longer and who wouldn't go for that. Read on to find out more.
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Insomnia is the act of not being able to sleep. It can be short term or long term. I’m sure it is safe to say that all of us like our sleep. No one likes either being waked up or just not being able to go to sleep. Lack of sleep can cause many health issues as well as attitude problems.

 

Help is on the way as there is natural cure for insomnia without the use of medications. You don’t have to live with insomnia forever. Natural cure for insomnia will not only help you sleep, but it has been noted that in some cases, you’ll be able to sleep longer and who wouldn’t go for that.

 

A natural cure for insomnia can bring peace of mind as well as take care of the problem, as you aren’t putting anything unsafe into your body. There are a number of different ideas on natural cure for insomnia that you can choose from, and all have been noted to work. You may just have to use trial and error in finding one that works for your circumstances.

 

Most people don’t enjoy taking medication and many times can’t afford it anyway. This article will talk about some inexpensive ways to cure insomnia and it’s all natural.

 

To find a cure for insomnia you first need to try to figure out what is causing it. Sadly there is not a single one size fits all when it comes to this. These include stress and your mental state, medications you may be taking or a physical ailment of some kind. Further complicating this is that you may not even realize you have an ailment.

 

With the recent economic problems, it seems that one of the biggest causes is simply stress. Stress about money, family, work or anything else can make it hard to shut down your mind and go to sleep. It is believed that one cause for insomnia is from low levels of melatonin in the brain.

 

One natural cure for insomnia is taking herbal supplements. These are all natural and won’t harm your body. Another natural cure for insomnia is to take two teaspoons of honey in a cup of water, preferably warm. Some teas have been known to induce sleep, such as chamomile, and if you add the honey to this, you will have doubled the chance of inducing sleep.

 

Another natural cure for insomnia is to drink a warm glass of milk before going to bed. Milk contains an ingredient called tryptophan, which once consumed, changes to serotonin (a soothing chemical), which converts to melatonin, (the chemical that triggers sleep). You can boost the amount of melatonin in your body this way and what do they say? Milk does a body good.

 

One other natural cure for insomnia is aromatherapy. A few drops of chamomile oil rubbed into the neck and shoulders can work in the same way that warm milk does. The use of chamomile and lavender has been known to not only induce sleep, but produce a longer duration of sleep.

 

Be Goldilocks: Try different pillows until you find one that’s not too hard and not too soft, but that’s just right. If your head and neck are properly supported, natural sleep will come quicker.

 

Stop the attraction to drink alcohol – if you are watching for insomnia cure or insomnia relief, you tried to have a drink before bed. Although alcohol will make you drowsy for a drink, you may feel you wake up again during the night. This is due to alcohol obstructs with normal sleep; prevent you from falling into the deepest, most critical phases of sleep needed for healing, repair and rejuvenation.

 

You may want to watch a Video HERE to learn more about how to get the permanent cure for insomnia naturally.

 

All of these ideas are a natural cure for insomnia and they are inexpensive to try. You will only need to experiment and see which natural cure for insomnia works best for you. To get more ideas to cure your sleeping problem easily, naturally and for life, click on Permanent Cure for Insomnia

 

Natural Home Remedies for Sunburn

 

Natural Home Remedies for Sunburn  -  Are you experiencing some slight tenderness and redness of your skin or even start to peel off? Does your skin feel warm to your touch or even have blisters? These could be signs of sunburn and if you are looking for some home remedies for sunburn do read on further.
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Are you experiencing some slight tenderness and redness of your skin or even start to peel off? Does your skin feel warm to your touch or even have blisters? These could be signs of sunburn and if you are looking for some home remedies for sunburn do read on further.

 

Sunburn is a phenomenon caused by excessive or over-exposure to the ultra-violet or UV radiation of the sun or sun-equivalent sources like welding arcs or tanning lamps. It causes the skin to burn and acquire a blackish or darkish hue. In other words, the skin tans due to sun burn.

 

People visiting beaches, going for fishing, skiing, swimming working in yards, going to high altitudes or to places near the equator are at the risk of experiencing sunburns. The symptoms of sunburn start showing or occurring within 30 minutes of exposure to the scorching sun rays.

 

The exposure causes fair-skinned people to become dark, causes itching and inflammation of skin and may cause wrinkles or premature aging of the skin. Under certain circumstances, sunburns can be fatal leading to skin cancers.

 

However normal exposure to sun is essential, for the UV radiation produces vitamin D that beneficial for skin; but over-exposure to sun is to be avoided for it may cause sunburns.

 

Certain factors like consumption of contraceptive pills, antibacterial agents in soaps make the skin prone to sunburn. One can avoid sunburns to some extent by using sunscreen creams and lotions, sunglasses, wide brimmed hat, and umbrella while going out in the sun.

 

The best thing to do is to prevent it from happening in the first place by using an SPF lotion and avoiding midday sun. If you should happen to get sunburn, treat it as soon as you can, and avoid further exposure to the sun until your sunburn has healed.

 

The good news is that natural home remedies have been found to be very effective in treating sunburn. Here are some ways to use natural home remedies for sunburn.

 

It is better to try these home remedies for sunburn before rush to your doctor for medical treatment. Home remedies are not only effective but also free from side effects. Never neglect sunburn. It can cause skin cancer in some extreme cases.

 

Natural Home Remedies for Sunburn

 

Application of cool aloe Vera gel on the burnt skin soothes rashes and skin irritation.

 

Rubbing the affected skin with mustard oil and then allowing it to dry is an effective home remedy for sunburns. This treatment would take the heat off the skin.

 

Rubbing the affected area with freshly cut cucumber slices also helps. The astringent effect of cucumber can check itching and redness of skin.

 

Placing grated potatoes on the burnt skin is also a good remedy. The starch content in the potato soothes the burns.

 

Dabbing the burnt skin with a cotton ball soaked in apple cider vinegar also yields good results.

 

Taking ice compress or Epsom salt water compress heals skin inflammation and burning sensation.

 

Taking a bath with baking powder or oatmeal added to bath water brings much relief.

 

Application of peppermint oil or lavender oil on the affected skin has a soothing effect.

 

Natural Skin Moisturizers such as lemon and honey are very good for treating sunburn. The honey helps to heal boils and blisters from sunburn, and also helps to regain the lost moisture from the skin. While Lemon helps peel the burnt layer of skin, and rejuvenates new skin. It also removes any burn marks caused by the sun. Mix two parts of honey with one part of lemon apply the mixture on your skin; wash off the application after 20 minutes with warm water.

 

Two common kitchen substances turmeric and yogurt are very good for sunburn. Turmeric is immensely therapeutic and very effective in preventing infections. Yoghurt helps the skin to regain its acidic and alkaline balance, simultaneously healing it. Yoghurt is also a cooling substance that tapers the heat off the skin.

 

Apple Cider Vinegar Apple Cider Vinegar is a very good agent for relieving the pain and discomfort sunburn can cause. Aged Apple Cider Vinegar stored in wooden containers is best for treating sunburn. To bathe the skin, add 2 cups of Apple Cider Vinegar and add it to a tub of warm water, soak in it for 15 minutes to cool down your sunburnt skin.

 

Baking Soda Baking soda is a panacea for many ailments. Its effect on sunburn is to restore the acidic and alkaline imbalance caused by sunburn. To a tub of warm water, add one-fourth cup of baking soda, soak your body for 15 minutes. Do this on a daily basis until your skin is free of the sunburn.

 

Cucumbers with their natural antioxidants and analgesic properties have a cooling effect on your skin. Mash chilled cucumbers in a blender to make a paste. Apply this paste on the skin wherever the sunburn is present.

 

After you have freshly brewed some tea you let it cool and then soak a clean cloth in the cold brewed tea, apply it to the sunburned skin. The tannic acid in the tea helps restore the pH balance in your skin and helps to cool and heal your skin.

 

Soak a cloth or cotton gauze in cold whole milk and apply carefully onto the burned skin and leave it for 15 minutes to 20 minutes, then wash with cold water.

 

Tea without sugar helps to sooth and relief some of the discomfort of sunburned skin. It is one of the best home remedies for sunburn.

 

Adding sandal wood oil or rose water to cold bath water would serve as a refreshing bath for sunburn victims.

 

Laying cold, refrigerated lettuce or cabbage leaves on the burnt skin would give much relief.

 

A paste made out of barley powder, milk, olive oil and honey may be applied on burnt skin. This is an effective home remedy for sunburns on face.

 

A mixture of tomato juice and butter milk also fetches good results in case of sunburns.

 

Coconut oil and sandalwood oil are very effective in healing the burnt skin due to their cooling properties. Application of coconut or neem oil on the body, before and after taking bath is considered as a useful remedy for sunburn.

 

The best way to protect oneself from sunburn is intake of lot of fluids in order to prevent dehydration, and also replace the loss of water due to sunburn. Drinking plenty of fluids is therefore of great help to control sun burn symptoms.

 

In order to avoid the brunt of sunburn, one should eat high-content protein foods and raw fruits to fulfil the appropriate need of body for vitamins and minerals.

 

The above home remedies for sunburn are not only helpful in treating the sunburn, but also in avoiding it to quite an extent.

 

You may want to watch a Video HERE to learn how about other home remedies for sunburn skin

 

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