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Thursday, April 20, 2006
Sunburn Remedies (Health Beauty Household Hints)
I had loads of helpful suggestions sent in from newsletter readers last year for ways to treat a sunburn, but no place to put them in the newsletter. Here they are!
For really bad sunburns... use Desitin Baby Rash Ointment It draws the heat out really well. I also saw somewhere online to use Witch Hazel but I haven't tried that. (Submitted by Lisa H.)
I have tried all the things recommended by friends, I always go back to NoxzemaIt feels cool and I never peal when using it. A cool shower, pat dry, apply a thick coating of Noxzema and pull on a loose tee shirt to protect the sheets, and sleep comfortable. (Submitted by Wanda)
(All the following tips submitted by Beth) There are many home remedies for sunburn, but the following are some of the best of what we have tried:
Lavender Essential Oil. Use 6 - 10 drops per ounce of water. Pour the essential oil into a clean bottle and add distilled water. Shake before using and spray on the burn. This essential oil may also be added to aloe vera gel or yogurt, or to a bath. Use 10 drops in the tub.
Oatmeal - Tie 1/2 cup of oatmeal in a cloth. Put it in the tub as you're filling it. After it's soaked for a bit, squeeze the bag to release more oat "juice." Oatmeal is good for so many skin conditions.
Yogurt - Spread plain yogurt on the burn and let it set for 15 - 20 minutes. Rinse off in the tub and bathe in it.
Potatoes - Grate potato and spread on burned skin. Let it sit for 15 - 20 minutes before rinsing off.
One more home remedy for sunburn: Gently dab the burn with a cotton ball saturated with apple cider vinegar. You can add 1 cup to bath water, as well.
Aloe Vera Gel from a freshly cut stem will take the sting out and providecooling relief on contact, but for healing power Lavendar essential oilcan't be beat! Using both gives you immediate and long term healing. You maystill flake after a couple days but you shouldn't have the painful peeling.I've used this method not only for sun burns but for minor kitchen greaseand oil burns as well with no blistering. (Submitted by Dana)