After coming through a long dark winter and a rainy spring we as Canadians naturally want to go out and enjoy those rays when we see them. It is easy to underestimate the power of the sun, and sometimes we end up with a sunburn when least expect it. Prevention is the most effective cure for sunburn but when it does happen you can try this natural remedy to sooth and heal the burn.
Sunburn is a form of radiation burn as a result of over exposure of UV rays from the sun. These are typically considered first degree burns or a minor burn where only the outer skin is red and damaged. These burns tend to feel better after a few days and are completely healed within 5-10 days. A second degree burn is where your skin is blistering. If you have a second degree burn or worse, it is critical that you seek medical attention prior to trying any home remedy to avoid infection and further damage to the skin. Essential oils that have natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain relieving) properties can provide the best relief and a faster time to heal.
Before using any remedy, make sure to cool off the sunburned area with a cool shower or with cool compresses, and drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration. Remember, Cool ... Not Cold.
Aloe Vera can be found on the shelf of any drug store, but it is also a common tropical house plant. When it comes to sunburns, most people automatically turn to Aloe Vera. It’s the most common remedy for burned skin and one of the most effective.
But did you know that Lavender has tissue regeneration and healing properties that quickly relieve sunburn? Yes, Lavender also reduces scarring and minimizes pain associated with sunburn! Is there anything Lavender won’t do?
Add a few drops of your pure Lavender essential oil to your Aloe Vera gel and you have a wonderful all natural remedy. A good guide for mixing with a base is typically 2-3 drops for every 10 ml of Aloe Vera gel. For an all natural soothing body oil, mix pure Lavender with pure jojoba oil with the same ratio. As with any essential oil, make sure you do a skin patch test prior to broader application to ensure you do not have an adverse reaction.
Remember that the best way to treat a a sunburn is to avoid them all together. If you do get burned, try adding Lavender to your regiment and see the wonders it will bring to not only easing your pain but accelerating the healing process. If you have tried using Lavender to treat a sunburn let us know how that has worked for you. If you have any other natural remedies, we invite you to share them with the community. All comments welcomed.