Natural Healing From a Sunburn

I just took my kids to the most beautiful national park where we spent the day playing and splashing in the mountains and in the sun. Of course I made them all wear hats and plenty of clothes, but at the end of the day they still had a few too many rays of sunshine sneak past our blockades. I came home and quickly applied some great recipes for Natural Healing From a Sunburn which worked like a charm. I am going to share those recipes with you and I am going to share a recipe for making your own sunscreen bar without all those nasty chemicals.

Natural Healing From a Sunburn

Natural Healing From a Sunburn

Natural Healing From a Sunburn

1. Be A Little Witchy-Magic Remedy. You will feel immediately better if you soak your sunburnt area in cool tincture of Witch Hazel.  Known for it’s amazing skin healing properties, Witch Hazel is my Sunburn Healer of choice.

2. Linger Longer In a Deluxe Cool Oatmeal Bath. If the burn is all over, simply grind up a cup of oatmeal in a blender and stir it into your bath.

3. Cool Down With Refreshing Mint Spray or Oil Rub. Peppermint is a wonderful way to cool down that hot burn.  Make yourself a cup of peppermint tea or stir two drops of peppermint oil into a cup of lukewarm water. Refrigerate the mixture and carefully bathe the burnt area.

4. Be As Cool Cucumber. For extremely painful sunburns, gently rub the area with sliced cucumber or blended potato salve. Both Vegetables contain compounds that are supposed to cool the burn and help reduce swelling.

5. Try some Vinegar. All vinegar contains acetic acid—a pain relieving component.  Vinegar can help lessen sunburn pain, itching, and inflammation. Soak a cloth in white vinegar, and apply them to the sunburn. Keep them on until the cloth is dry. Repeat if needed. WARNING: Vinegar stings cuts, this does not go well with kids.  A better option for kids is Vinegary bath.  The vinegar in a bath does not sting.

7. For Kids a Vinegary Bath Works Great. Add two cups of vinegar to a bath of cool water before you get in.

8. Become a Volcano. Mix vinegar and baking soda together to make a thick paste, and apply it thickly over the sunburned areas. This is a great overnight salve. WARNING: This mixture is so fun for kids to make but it stings any cuts your kids may have-my kids cried when we used it (it didn’t bug me) on them so we just did the Potato paste instead.

9. White Out That Burn With Eggs. Rub raw egg white on your sun burn.  Cooling and helps your skin heal from the burn.

10. Aloe Vera Works Wonders. My Aloe Vera plant got lost in our last move, but it was our favorite home remedy.  Break off an arm, slice open and rub gently on the burn.  So soothing.

Original Post by Aunty Bears Blog

Of course we know it’s far better to avoid a sunburn than to treat one, so here is a great sunburn lotion recipe that I’ve found:

Natural Sunscreen Recipe

Natural Healing From a Sunburn

Natural Healing From a Sunburn

Sunscreen Bar Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup shea butter, cocoa butter or mango butter (or a mix of all three equal to 1 cup)
  • 1 cup beeswax (can add an extra ounce or two if you want a thicker consistency, which leaves less lotion on the skin when used)
  • 2 tablespoons (or more) of Zinc Oxide (available online Homemade Sunscreen Bars or in many stores on the diaper aisle, just make sure it is pure zinc oxide
  • optional: Vitamin E oil to preserve. I added 1 tsp vitamin E oil for  this recipe made with 1 cup of each ingredient
  • optional: a few drops of vanilla or essential oil for scent (do not use citrus oils!)

How to Make:

Combine all ingredients (except zinc oxide and essential oils if using) in a double boiler, or a glass bowl over a smaller saucepan with 1 inch of water in it.

Turn the burner on and bring water to a boil. Stir ingredients constantly until they are melted and smooth:

Remove from heat and add the zinc oxide powder and  essential oils.

Gently stir by hand until essential oils are incorporated.

Carefully pour into molds or whatever you will be allowing the lotion bars to harden in. I used these silicon baking cups, though any mold would work. This recipe exactly filled 12 silicon baking cups when I made it.

Allow the lotion bars to cool completely before attempting to pop out of molds. These could be made in different shaped molds for different holiday gifts (hearts for valentines, flowers for Mother’s day, etc) or made in a square baking pan and then cut into actual bars.

They can be stored at room temperature or in the fridge or freezer for longer term storage. Keep below 80 degrees or they will melt! Adjust coverage to your needs and be careful not to burn while determining how long you can spend in the sun with these.

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Next time, you’ll know better than to spend to much time in the sun, and if you need it you’ll have some recipes for Natural Healing From a Sunburn. If you are careful you shouldn’t need it, but just in case!

By the way, if you have a favorite recipe for natural healing from a sunburn please share it!

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