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Natural Remedies for Sunburns

Updated on July 22, 2010

The lazy, breezy summer days bring warmth, relaxation, and the sweet sun with them. This warm and bright sunshine is wonderful for providing a healthy source of vitamin D, but on the flip side it can be unhealthy if you get too much. Sunburns are the only downside of the summer sun. They redden the skin, causing pain, and in some more severe cases, sunburns can leave blisters behind. When you or one of your family members is suffering with the pain of a sunburn, you will try virtually anything to ease the pain.

Naturally, the best source to provide relief from the pain of a nasty sunburn is from natural sources.  One way that can help you immediately with the pain is hydrotherapy or water. Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water or thirst quenching beverages. Next, take a Bath, shower, or a wet compress periodically to ease the pain.  10-15 minute sessions of this throughout the day will do the trick. The other well known natural remedy for a sunburn is aloe veraAloe vera gel can be found in drugstores or even your own home. It has anti inflammary effects when applied to a burn. The aloe vera plant has a gel substance inside the plant that can be used to put directly to a mild sunburn. If the sunburn is severe, do not use this gel.

 Another popular sunburn remedy that can be found around the home is vinegar. It smells bad, but it sure can ease the pain of a burn. Fill a spray bottle with half water and the other half vinegar and spritz it onto the skin. Compresses can also be used when applying the water and vinegar mixture, use equal parts of each and apply to a clean towel or wash cloth and put it where it is needed the most to deliver comfort. This remedy has no scientific evidence backing it up, but some believe it to ease with the burn feeling. 

Memories should be ones of children laughing and playing and sunburns can often result in mere moments, so it is important to keep the sunscreen lathered on yourself and the rest of your family. Children have especially delicate skin and require sun screen application 10-15 minutes before exposure to the sun, even on cloudy days. If the sunburn results in any flu-like symptoms or large blisters, rapid breathing or rapid pulse, see a physician immediately. The summer time is a great time to spend some quality time together, but a little preparation will result in a better experience had by all. 


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