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Sunburn Remedy: Soothe The Heat With This 3-Part Home Remedy

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When I was a little girl, I had some horrific sunburns every summer. Mom often used Noxzema which was cooling and soothing. Not sure what was in it (besides camphor)…I probably wouldn’t think of using it now. Anyway – one summer, she heard about using vinegar, and we had a winner! It really does take out the sting, and I was a much more comfortable kid. As I got older, I learned the value of gradual sun exposure and a good tan. I seldom had trouble with sunburn when I was careful. Of course, sunscreen wasn’t available,and the commercial brands of suntan lotion were primarily coconut oil! We used baby oil (can’t believe it now!) most of the time.

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The 3-Part Sunburn Remedy

Rose Petal Vinegar Tincture

Rose  Vinegar is supremely easy to make and has about a million uses.An infusion of Rose pettals and apple cider vinegar is a natural anti-inflammatory agent. When applied to a sunburn, the substance naturally soothes the skin and reduces pain. The vitamins and minerals in apple cider vinegar also help replenish lost nutrients in the skin to speed recovery.

Aloe Veraaloevera-opt1

Aloe vera is an especially effective treatment for sunburn. The substance contains a variety of vitamins, including A, C and E as well as folic acid and choline, which replenish and rejuvenate the skin. The substance also contains several amino acids and fatty acids that function to relieve inflammation and redness.

Coconut Oil

Coconut is effective for treating a variety of health conditions including sunburn. Coconut oil contains a unique combination of fatty acids that relieve inflammation and revitalize the skin. The moisture that coconut oil offers also prevents peeling that commonly results from sunburns.

Sunburns are often painful and can cause additional peeling of the skin, future wrinkles and other unhealthy skin conditions. However, natural treatment options relieve the pain associated with burns and prevent further damage.



Part One: Rose Petal Vinegar Tincture

Sunburn Treatment

  • Do yourself a favor and don’t smother your sunburn in salve or oil.  It just holds the heat in and worsens it, no matter how healing the herbal infused lotion or oil may be.
  • Depending on the size of the burn, pour about 1/3 cup of rose vinegar into a bowl, then add several cups of water and mix throughly.  Click here to learn how to make your own Rose Petal Vinegar Tincture. 
  • Get a soft, absorbent cloth and dip into the liquid. Gently wring it out, being sure the cloth is still quite wet. You may want to use very lage cloths if the area burned is very large.
  • Place the cloths over the affected areas, It will feel very cold at first but the cloth will rapidly beome hot.  Keep re-dipping and wringing as soon as the cloth gets warm. Depeding on the severity of the burn, I usually re-apply at least a dozen times during the first session.
  • Let the skin air dry.
  • For light burns, as often as is needed
  • For moderate burns, I repeat the application about once every two hours.
  • For intense burns, every hour.
  • Keep up the treatment until the area no longer feels hot to the touch.

This is such an effective treatment that I wouldn’t dream of traveling without it or not having several quart jars of it in my pantry and medicine chest.

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It excels at pulling heat from an inflamed area in a very short time.  it is especially powerful at rapidly quenching the redness and pain from a sunburn in no time flat.  In fact, a medium sunbrn, if caught within the first 24 hours, can be nearly erased in three or four applications of vinegar over a period of six hours or so.  Even where there is threatening sun poisoning and blistering skin, it can greatly ease the pain and lessen the general tarauma to the body.  While not a replacement for emergency care in severe burns, it is nearly always increadbly helpful.


Part Two: Aloe Vera

Image result for aloe vera for burnsRepair Treatment

Once the heat is out of the skin…  a topical application of fresh aloe vera gel can be applied (from the plant, not the wierd preserved stuff from a bottle).

Click here to Learn how to grow your own aloe plant

Part Three: Coconut oil

After Treatment Skin Conditioner

Image result for coconut oil skin treatmentPart three: Coconut oil, after treatment skin conditioner

Now, liberally rub on some coconut oil to the sunburned area. UPDATE: I now use Lavender and Peppermint essential oils with the coconut oil, just by melting a little in my hand, and adding about 2 drops Lavender, and one drop Peppermint. The Lavender really helps to heal the burn, and the Peppermint cools the skin and releases heat. I highly recommend it! But only if you’re using therapeutic-grade essential oils.

By the next day, your skin should be significantly healed. I recommend continuing with the coconut oil for several days to promote healing and to help ease the skin peeling that is usually inevitable after a burn. Exfoliate and lubricate (with coconut oil for the next 7 days.


Sunburn Prevention

Stay fully hydrated.  One of the easiest forms of keeping the skin free of sunburn is to have the cells of the skin full of clean cell fluid. The only way to do this is to drink enough water so that the cells can “breath” out the “dirty” used fluid and breath in the fresh clean liquid.

With enough clean liquid, the cell has the components necessary to combat minor damage before it happens.

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Image result for hemp and flax oilI also learned how to maintain the number one best defense against sunburn—a healthy diet low in polyunsaturated fats and plentiful in protective saturated fat and antioxidants. Ok … what does that mean?  It means eat more hemp and flax oil – and stay away from vegi and canola oil… and DEFINATELY avoid all manner of margarine. (it’s the worse!) … yes, good olive oil is better, but not as good as hemp or flax. You’re looking for 3-6-9 omegas.  They are what helps feed your skin cells what they need for proper maintenance.

Image result for see thru bohemian beach shirtMy number two defense was to always cover my skin with a light cotton or linen shirt during the sunshine-iest weather. And I’ve developed a love of slathering on coconut oil (which has a natural sun-protection factor) pretty much every day, but especially any time I know I’m going to be particularly sun-exposed.  And if I know I’m going to be in the sun for hours while lounging on a boat, down the Boise river…  yes, I will put on a high quality sunscreen. Because the reality of our lessening ozone layer and how damaging the solar rays are to skin, well,… it’s a balance between the lesser of the two evils that is a choice you need to make for yourself.


Supportive Websites

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C Katt Krespach, NTP

C Katt Krespach, NTP

C Katt Krespach, NTP is a nutritional therapist and long time activist with a passion for healing arts and social entrepreneurship, …working in both areas for over a quarter of a century. Her site TheFoodReality.com has a worldwide following. SpritualEntrepreneur.global is her newest project and coaches brick-and-morter business owners into global social entrepreneurship. She is an author, public speaker, and entrepreneur. You can get Katt’s free edible flowers e-book here and also watch a short documentary on how she overcame neuropathy, significant weight gain, and more with easy, natural and healing mindsets. Follow Katt on Facebook, Wordpress, Twitter, and Instagram.

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