5 Natural Home Remedies for Sunburn
There was been quite a heatwave scorching through the east coast right now. As much as I’ve been trying to avoid the sun with my 4 sons and daughter, it’s still been difficult to do. The sun and heat is just everywhere! Honestly, walking from my car to my house is brutal, it’s THAT hot.
We belong to a pool club in the summer, so I’ve been able to bring my boys to the pool every morning and late afternoon to let them soak in the cool water. They also belong to the swim team, so they spend their mornings (from 8-9AM) swimming and cooling down, too. But… the sun is still there! Unfortunately I haven’t been able to prevent a few sunburns on my sons and on myself. I’ve been dousing us with sunblock, but it just hasn’t been enough, which is crazy – but it’s true. There’s nothing worse than a sunburn, it can be so painful.
When I was a child, when I got a sunburn, my mother would apply a few “home remedies” and it would always make my burn feel better. I’ve been doing the same for us over the last few days.
Here are my favorite 5 Natural Home Remedies for Sunburn:
1) Oatmeal -
This is what my mother used to do to me when I was a child. Apply the oatmeal right to the burn and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. She would repeat this oatmeal “paste” (which she would call it) about 4 times. It really does work like a charm.
2) Cabbage/Lettuce Leafs -
My grandmother swears by this home remedy. Clean leaves of lettuce or cabbage and then pop them in your freezer for an hour. Take the leaves out when ready and apply right to the burn. The coolness feels amazing, but there’s also some “magic power” in the leaves which help the burn. I’m telling you, this works!
3) Cornstarch -
You can easily make a paste with cornstarch. All you need to do is add some water to the cornstarch and you have your homemade paste. Apply directly to the areas that are burned and need some soothing.
4) Frozen Bag of Peas -
There’s one misconception about a sunburn, you never want to apply ice directly to your burn. You want to make sure there’s some sort of “buffer” between the ice and your skin. One of the best ways to make it work is to grab a bag of veggies and apply right to your burn. I always have peas in my freezer, so that’s my go-to choice. Just make sure your stocked!
5) Yogurt -
Here’s one that most people have in their fridge and you can apply right to a burn – yogurt! The best kind is plain or vanilla because it’s plain and really does work like a paste, but whatever you have will be fine. Just add the yogurt right on and your done!