Unfortunately, it happens. We have one too many Endless Summers, fall asleep and the next thing you know…
Whenever possible, I try and go the natural route. Here are some great remedies from my alternative “medicine” bible, Prescriptions for Nutritional Healing, to help ease a sunburn:
Aloe vera relieves discomfort, moisturizes skin and promotes healing. Keep your aloe in the fridge for extra soothing. Make sure the aloe you buy contains a high percentage of aloe, 100% is best, as some contain alcohol that dries the skin. Reapply every hour until the pain is gone.
Calendula oil and St. John’s Wort extract have antiseptic properties to promote healing and actually act as painkillers for burns. Apply as directed on packaging, or add a few drops to your moisturizer for less severe burns.
An herbal bath can help minimize the pain of a burn. Add 6 cups of camomile tea or 6 drops of chamomile oil to a lukewarm bath.
Vitamin C taken orally, in the form a of supplement or in foods, promote tissue repair.
Drink plenty of fluids, water is always best, as a sunburn dehydrates the body.
While not recommended by Prescriptions for Nutritional Healing, an OTC pain reliever, will… do just that, and also help with inflammation.