Natural Sunburn reliefAugust 3, 2013
Ouch! It is easy to underestimate the power of the sun, and sometimes we end up with a sunburn when least expecting it. If you do get a sunburn, the information and recipes in this article may offer you some relief, assistance, and will speed up the healing process. Before using any of the tips or suggestions in this article, make sure to cool off the sunburned area with a cool shower or with compresses, and drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration. It is also important to moisturize the area with alcohol and perfume-free lotion. If you have a severe burn, please consult with a doctor before using any of the recipes from this article. If your skin is blistered, then do NOT use any of the recipes or products in this article. Blistering may lead to infection and it is best to consult a doctor.
Aloe Vera Gel
There are several herbs that are well known for their ability to assist with sunburn relief, the most notable of which is Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera Gel may be used directly on sunburns for immediate relief of sunburned skin, to quicken the healing time, and it is especially soothing to the skin because of its high water content (99.5%). For the best results, keep your Aloe Vera Gel in the refrigerator, this will increase its cooling effect upon the skin. Aloe Vera Gel is very mild and may be applied generously to the burned area as often as you would like. Adding Lavender, Calendula, or Chamomile essential oil will assist with the healing process, and adding a minimum amount of Peppermint essential oil will increase the cooling effect (be careful, Peppermint essential oil is very strong and too much will burn your skin).
Aloe Vera Skin Relief
Makes 4 ounces
4 oz Aloe Vera Gel
15 drops Lavender essential oil
10 drops Vitamin E Oil
5 drops Calendula essential oil
2-5 drops Peppermint essential oil
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