Natural Remedies: Sunburns

Here are 20 home remedies for minor sunburns where the skin is red or sore but not blistered or broken.

As the days begin to shorten So the heat begins to scorch`'em.

  • "If you get a sunburn, restore your energy with salt tablets or hot tea, which will pep you up and cool you off as well as or better than a cold drink." (OFA, 1945)
  • "A simple and harmless remedy for sunburn is to bathe the face in buttermilk." (OFA, 1898)
  • Wash gently with soap and water and then apply the gel of an older aloe leaf, splitting the leaf open lengthwise for the quantity required.
  • Apply a mild infusion of purple coneflower to destroy bacteria and soothe the skin.
  • Grate potatoes and apply to sunburned skin. The starch will cool and soothe the burn.
  • Apply peppermint oil to sunburned skin, as long as the skin isn't blistered. Use a peppermint infusion as a milder wash to help cool a sunburn.
  • Use apple cider vinegar, plain or diluted, to ease a sunburn.
  • Make an ointment or salve with the essential oil of Saint Johnswort to promote the healing of burns that haven't broken the skin. It is not only anti-inflammatory but also antiviral and antibacterial.
  • Apply ice or cold water.
  • Dissolve Epson salts or baking soda in water, apply to a clean cloth, and drape the cloth over the affected skin.
  • Take a cool bath, adding lavender or bergamot oil to the bath water.
  • Add some black or green tea to your bathwater to soothe sunburned skin. Or pat sunburned skin with wet tea bags.
  • Mix 1 cup water and 20 to 25 drops lavender oil and use to bathe the sunburned area. Or, apply the solution with a spray bottle.
  • Make an infusion of cooling peppermint or spearmint tea. Drink it and use it to bathe the affected area.
  • Apply a poultice of dock leaves and water.
  • Bathe the sunburn with an infusion of stinging nettles, chamomile, or calendula.
  • Apply aloe or plain yogurt with live cultures.
  • Native Americans infused ground yarrow in water and used it as a wash.
  • Wash with an infusion of elder flowers or chickweed.
  • Apply a compress of decocted witch hazel.

As always, prevention is the best medicine. See our UV Index page for tips on preventing overexposure.

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Comments

thanks a lot for posting...

By Cecilia Torres

thanks a lot for posting... Coz i am suffering from face burned , i was using a facial cleansing then i stopped it ... now the burning skin appeared..

My hand white paches is there

By roopa

My hand white paches is there but doctor teling sun burn pls give me solution

Thanks

By roopa

Thanks

There are different reasons

By georgewilson

There are different reasons for white patches on the skin. Here is a good page from the NYU medical center and hope this helps:
http://www.med.nyu.edu/content?ChunkIID=22498

what the home or natural

By mihin onia

what the home or natural remedies for sunburned dark skin?

Dark skin is less likely to

By Almanac Staff

Dark skin is less likely to get sunburned, however, the same need for sun protection and the same natural remedies on this page apply.

I speak from painful

By Brian Merritt

I speak from painful experience, nothing feels better than a cool shower on sunburned shoulders. Having Irish skin, I am indefensible from the wrath of UV rays. If I don't marinade myself in sunscreen, I end up like a piece of fried chicken. Every summer, I say to myself "I'm fine for now, I won't be out too long." And I do pay the price.
My advice, I find that anyway to let the heat escape takes the burning agony right out of my skin. A cool shower right when you get home can't be beat. A cold bath is even better, you can literally immerse yourself into the refreshing relief. A cool cloth on the burn is not a bad idea either.
We can all agree that sunburns are torturous while sleeping. If I have a bad burn, I just sleep shirtless. An easy solution. Keep the burned skin bare and free of painful friction.
And in the future, remember the pain of your burn and put on more sunblock.

The one I use on myself and

By MizKathy

The one I use on myself and my family is 1/4 Cup of cold cream with 4 drops of lavender oil and the juice of 1/2 grated cucumber. Or for smaller areas, such as ears, slice open a cuke and rub on the affected area.

I live in the Desert

By DesertWolf

I live in the Desert South-West, so aloe is everywhere, it works for healing the skin. What I usually do is apply a black or green tea infusion to take the burning away, works fast & then later apply the aloe to keep the skin soft & moisturized.

I've tried many of the ones

By jesmarluk

I've tried many of the ones listed but the one that works the best for me and one that isn't listed is applying egg whites to the burn. It is my hands-down favorite and really really works. Amazing coolness and healing almost immediately. Apply and let dry. Apply more if needed. Works on scalding and regular burns as well.

do you boil the eggs first or

By alyssa roper

do you boil the eggs first or apply them raw?

Thank you for this post. At

By Sonia Patterson

Thank you for this post. At 36 my skin is rapidly changing and this is a Quick and easy tip.

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