It’s summer time and the sun is out and hot! All of the pool and beach goers are in their swimsuits ready to work on that tan. There is one small problem with the sun however; it can cause some rough burns before that tan starts to show. There are many remedies you have at home and at the local herb shop that can heal those burns up in no time.
Herbs, Gels, and Ointments
There are many homeopathic remedies for healing sunburns. The following gels, ointments, and herbs will help to relieve your pain, itching, and blistering.
- Calendula Gel: Naturally heals minor skins burns and irritations
- Cantharis: Naturally heals irritations and dry skin from pealing and flaking
- Pulsatilla: A plant that has been ground up and used to heal burns and dry skin. It helps with boils and blisters that the sun may cause as well.
- Uritica urens: A plant that is often used to heal burns and blisters. It is used mainly for burns that are on the skin.
There are many other home remedies that you can use to help heal your sunburn and keep your pain to a minimum. All of these remedies have been proven to work over the years and if you do not feel like going to the supermarket after your deep burns, they will help you out in a bind.
- Baking soda: A few tablespoons of baking soda put into your cold bath can really soothe your burned skin. It is not only relaxing, but can cool your burns in no time. Soak in this bath for about 15 to 20 minutes, but no longer because it will dry out your skin. If you want some more relief, try adding a small amount of oatmeal to the bath as well.
- Aloe Vera: This plant has cooling powers in its leaves and the leaves can be applied directly to the burns.
- Cold Compress: A cold wash cloth placed on the burns can soothe your sunburn. Make sure to apply it a few times a day and lightly hold it onto the burn as not to scratch the area.
- Drink Water: When you have a burn of any kind, your body is dehydrated. If you make sure you are hydrated, your body and burn will heal quicker. This is a good rule of thumb for your general health.
- Corn Starch: Corn starch can be lightly dusted on burned areas of your skin. It helps to soothe the burns and keeps skin from blistering because of the sun burn.
- Potatoes: This has been a burn remedy for hundreds and hundreds of years. Wash two potatoes and blend them up. Take the finished product and rub it onto the burned area. Once the potatoes dry, wash the off in a cold shower and be sure to reapply a couple of times a day. The potatoes will heal your skin quickly.
These are just a few suggestions and if you’re unsure or need something for a more sever sunburn, consider consulting a doctor or a nurse who completed an MSN program. They will be able to offer even more advice. And always remember to be careful in the sun and apply that sunscreen wisely!