With plenty of sun forecast for the weekend I thought it would be an ideal time to share a few natural sunburn remedies. It is easy to be taken by surprise at how strong the sun is; I sat with friends yesterday watching the olympic triathalon in Hyde Park and despite a heavy covering of cloud we had all caught the sun by the end of the day.
- A simple favourite is to blend up a length of cucumber and then apply the mash to the burned areas. Cucumber has anti-inflammatory properties and will soothe and cool the skin. leave the mashed up cucumber in place for 30 minutes before rinsing off.
- It may be coming to the end of strawberry season but if you have any left they too can cool and soothe sunburned skin. Just mash a few fruits and apply to the affected area, rinsing off after 30 minutes.
- If you collected St John’s Wort flowers and made an infused oil this summer try rubbing the super red oil on your red skin as it is not only anti-inflammatory but will also provide pain relief.
- Stuck at home with no fresh plants around? Make a cup of chamomile tea and leave it to cool, then use cotton wool to drench your sunburned skin with the cold tea. This remedy will be even stronger if the chamomile flowers used to make the tea are fresh.
- I always think no home is complete without a few aloe vera plants potted up and growing on a sunny window sill. To use aloe for sunburn take a nice thick leaf and slice it in half then just rub the wonderfully cooling slime that is inside the leaf all over the sunburt areas.
So there you go, a remedy for everyone, no matter whether you are out on a picnic or at home after a long day in the sun. Lets just hope you are more sensible than my friends and I, then you won’t need to use one 😉
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