Hopefully, this list of natural sunburn remedies isn’t something you need very often. Let’s be honest, I rarely use sunscreen (and when I do I either make my own or look diligently for the least toxic sunscreen available). I believe getting sunshine is essential to good health. I protect my skin mostly through a nourishing diet. And I cover up if I know I’ll be out long because I do take sun damage seriously.
Luckily, I haven’t had a real sunburn in almost 20 years. But with my unbelievably white skin being passed down to my daughter, I want to be prepared for the worse. And that’s why I’ve complied this list of natural sunburn remedies.
Super simple, all natural sunburn remedies
Aloe Vera is probably the most common natural sunburn remedy, and with good reason. That’s because the plant has a long history of providing sunburn relief due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Slather on some quality pure aloe vera gel (like this), or get some straight from the plant (even better if you have access to it).
Apple Cider Vinegar
Is there anything this stuff can’t do? I’m not sure. Because vinegar is antiseptic it helps cool the skin as it evaporates. It can also help balance the body’ pH levels which can take away the stinging feeling of the burn. Put some in a spray bottle and spray on the burn. For an extra cooling effect store the bottle in the fridge for a nice chilly blast. (This is my favorite ACV.)
Did you know that oatmeal is one of the oldest home remedies for sunburn. The anti-inflammatory properties of oatmeal can help relieve the pain of sunburn. Just be sure to chill the oatmeal before putting on the burn.
Among it’s many uses, baking soda can also be made into a paste to help sunburns. Baking soda creates an alkalized environment that can be soothing to the skin. Like vinegar, it also has antiseptic properties which can help cool and relieve the skin. Simply mix baking soda with some water to make a paste and gently dab it on the burn. If the burn is really sensitive you can also add some baking soda to a tepid bath and soak in it.
Honey can be a sweet relief to a sunburn due to its antibacterial properties. Honey has been used to heal wounds for years. Applying honey to a healing sunburn can help the skin repair faster. (Just be sure your honey is really raw).
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender can provide immediate relief to sunburns while also promoting and accelerating the healing process. It offers immediate relief and healing, and may accelerate the healing process.
To make your own lavender healing spray combine in a small bottle and apply on the burn:
4 oz. of Jojoba Oil
20 drops of Lavender essential oil
10 drops of Vitamin E oil
Note: It’s not recommended that you apply anything with a carrier oil, like Jojoba, on a fresh burn as it can increase heat and discomfort. But this is a great spray to help the skin after the burn has already started to heal.