3 Home Remedies For Sunburns

  SUNBURN
 

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?

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*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.

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This post was originally published August 30, 2013.