3 Home Remedies For Sunburns

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Sunburns can ruin a vacation and lay a person out of work for days. Not only can a bad sunburn damage the skin, it’s just plain miserable

I don’t burn too often these days because my skin is pretty used to the sun, but sometimes we find ourselves out in the sun for an extended period of time and realize we have a bad burn on our hands!

Here are a few easy home remedies for sunburns that will bring relief and keep the skin from blistering. The key is to apply them often (hourly – depending on how bad the burn is) for the first few days and throughout the day every day after that until the skin is no longer red. If I’m going to be away from the house while dealing with a sunburn, I make sure to carry one of these remedies with me.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar contains vital trace elements and minerals, plus beneficial enzymes. It is believed to help balance the skin’s ph levels, making it an effective remedy for sunburns. Only the raw vinegar with the “mother” contains these healing properties, so I personally don’t use the processed kind at the stores. I buy this kind of ACV!

Apple Cider Vinegar Soak

There are a couple of different ways you can use apple cider vinegar for sunburns. 1. Add 2 cups of ACV into a bath and soak at least 20 minutes.  Repeat if pain returns.  2.Place vinegar in a spray bottle and spray the sunburned areas as often as needed. Use a washcloth or cotton balls to apply to face.

2. Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint is a cooling essential oil. It also contains menthol, which provides a natural numbness for painful, burned skin. Buy peppermint oil here or here.

  1. Mix 2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil into 1/4 a cup of olive or coconut oil.
  2. Apply as often to the sunburn as needed. This is very cooling and soothing.

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3. Aloe Vera

We’re all familiar with the wonderful aloe vera plant.  If you have a plant, scrape the insides of the leaves and apply, or keep a bottle of aloe vera gel on hand to use as often as needed.

 It’s best, of course, to not be exposed to the sun long enough to burn, but if you know you’ll be in the direct sun for a long time, considering purchasing a natural sunscreen. Find my favorite sunscreen here.

What are your favorite remedies for sunburns?

This is linked to: Feminine Adventures  The Better Mom    A Mama’s Story  Raising Arrows

*This post has been updated from its original publishing on July 12, 2012. 

How To Make Red Clover Lemonade

Summer and lemonade go hand in hand. It’s just the way it is. And with the scorching temperatures and humidity here in the Midwest, a glass of cold lemonade is perfect at any time of any day.

Steeping herbs into your homemade lemonade is one great way to enjoy the benefits of herbs. Red Clover is an awesome herb of choice for such an occasion.

Red Clover is an herb that can be drunk freely, and is full of amazing nutrition!  It is a great blood purifier and cancer fighter. Drinking an infusion daily has been said to treat infertility. 

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Red Clover is high in:

  • Magnesium
  • Chromium
  • Calcium
  • Niacin
  • Potassium
  • Thiamine
  • Phosphorus
  • Vitamin C

We have a pretty good patch of red clover that grows in our garden area.  It grows all summer long, and is far too valuable of an herb to let go to waste. Try foraging for this amazing herb, or grow it yourself!

One delicious, refreshing way to consume red clover is by making this red clover, no sugar lemonade!  I found this recipe and adapted it from New Life On A Homestead.

Red Clover Lemonade

Ingredients

  • 3 cups fresh red clover blooms  or 1 1/2 cups dried red clover blossoms
  • 4 cups water 
  • 1 cup lemon juice 
  • 8 tbsp. raw honey 

Directions 

  1. Boil the blooms in the water for 5 minutes.
  2. Strain.
  3. Add the lemon juice and honey to the hot liquid.  
  4. Stir until the honey is well mixed.  
  5. Chill.

If you don’t have red clover blooming near you, you can purchase dried red clover here. 

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Red Clover Lemonade
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Ingredients
  1. 3 Cups Fresh Red Clover Blossoms or 1 1/2 Dried Blossoms
  2. 4 Cups Water
  3. 1 Cup Lemon Juice
  4. 8 Tablespoons Raw Honey
Instructions
  1. Boil the blooms in the water for 5 minutes.
  2. Strain.
  3. Add the lemon juice and honey to the hot liquid.
  4. Stir until the honey is well mixed.
  5. Chill.
Adapted from New Life On A Homestead
Jill's Home Remedies http://jillshomeremedies.com/
Note: Avoid using red clover if pregnant or on blood thinning medication.

Linked To:
The Homesteaders Hop    A Mama’s Story    The Better Mom  Time-Warp Wife    Far Above Rubies    A Wise Woman Builds Her Home Raising Homemakers    Deep Roots At Home   Wildcrafting Wednesday
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This post was originally published August 30, 2013. 

Basic Must-Have Supplies For Essential Oil Lovers

Are you looking for creative ways to use your essential oils? Here are a few basic supplies to get your started! Are you just getting started with essential oils? Have you been using essential oils for a few years, or perhaps for many years? In any case, you likely wonder what to do with them or perhaps would like to start making different things with them. DIY is so much fun, and essential oils are the perfect thing to make homemade products safe and effective. Here are a few basic supplies that I keep on hand to make my DIY essential oil products!

Must-Have Supplies For Essential Oil Lovers

Essential Oils

The first thing you need, obviously, is essential oils! My criteria for essential oils is that they be effective, thoroughly tested for purity, and be affordable! I find all these things at Beeyoutiful. All of their essential oils go through GC/MS testing. You can read more here on how I use good quality essential oils without breaking the bank!

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Essential Oil Handbook

This essential oil handbook gives you information on using essential oils, including for babies and children (which is information that is hard to find), plus it has recipes for how to use it to create your own products and skincare. 

https://www.beeyoutiful.com/affiliates/idevaffiliate.php?id=110&url=693

Roller bottles

Roller bottles are a convenient way to blend your own essential oils with a carrier oil so that they are ready to use anytime. I love doing this with peppermint oil so I can easily rub it on the stomach for nausea or on the back of the neck and bottoms of the feet for fevers, and with tea tree oil for bug bites, cuts, and scrapes. These small bottles are perfect for throwing in your purse and having the ready-to-use convenience whenever they are needed.

https://www.gotoilsupplies.com/roller-bottles-for-essential-oils/

 

DIY Cleaning and Personal Care Supplies

If you are into DIY, glass spray bottles are perfect for making your own cleaning supplies! If you do choose plastic, make it a dark plastic so it blocks the light and maintains the quality of the essential oils. Also, you need tinscream jars and lotion pumps if you desire to make your own personal care items. Labels and stickers are a nice and cute addition too!

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Essential Oil Bags

Essential oil bags are perfect to keep your oils safe when traveling, or storing at home. You can check out these storage bags as an option.

purse I LOVE my new essential oil purse sent to me from Got Oil Supplies. Not only does this purse have so much storage and plenty of slots to put essential oils, but it is so fashionable and cute too! So much, in fact, that my sister texted me one morning and asked me where I got my purse that she saw me with the night before at church. It left an impression on her! And I do have to say that it’s the cutest and most practical purse I’ve ever owned. I’ve wanted a purse that stored essential oils for quite a while now! This purse can store roller bottles, 1 oz., and 2 oz. bottles of essential oils.

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Diffusers

Getting essential oils into the air not only fills your home with a wonderful fragrance, but they can also kill germs, and boost your immune system and mood. Check out this diffuser for your home, as well as all this jewelry to diffuse on the go. I love to wear a diffuser necklace with lavender when I have a headache. I have found it very effective and my headaches are typically gone in 30 minutes.

Other Accessories

Other accessories commonly needed to make essential oil products are beeswax and shea butter. The shea butter makes your creations creamy, and the beeswax turns them from a liquid to a solid.

 What are your favorite essential oil supplies and creations?