Natural Cures

It is important to treat sunburn immediately to avoid long-term damage to the skin. If left untreated, sunburn can cause blistering, peeling, migraine, fever, skin discoloration, liver spots, freckles, and skin cancer. Here are a few natural cures that can be used to treat sunburn:

First aid

Horsetail has traditionally been used to treat a variety of ailments such as to stop excess bleeding, increase urine production, repair broken bones, and relieve rheumatic conditions such as arthritis. Horsetail contains significant amounts of silica and smaller amounts of calcium. Both silica and calcium are components of bones, joints, and connective tissues such as tendons and ligaments. The silicates found in horsetail give it anti-arthritic actions and are believed to strengthen connective tissues.

White willow bark contains salicin, which is converted by the body into salicylic acid. This chemical is said to have a pain-relieving effect on the body. White willow bark has anti-inflammatory, febrifuge, analgesic, anti-rheumatic, and astringent properties. It is believed to ease the pain that is associated with inflammatory conditions such as rheumatism, arthritis, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Have a naturalist or herbalist blend dried extract of horsetail and white willow and prepare 30 capsules with 150 milligrams per capsule. Take one capsule three times each day for ten days.

As with any kind of burn, it is important to allow the skin to cool down before applying any treatment to it.
Bathe in cool water or splash cool water onto the affected areas. If you can tolerate ice, consider applying ice onto the sunburned skin.
Add oatmeal to the cool bath. You may also add a few drops of essential oils of lavender, chamomile, bergamot, or peppermint to the bath water.
Rehydrate your body by drinking plenty of cool liquids such as water, iced mint tea, and fresh fruit juices. Eating fruits with high water contents such as watermelon, oranges, and grapefruits can also be beneficial.

Herbal and natural cures for sunburn

Look for sun care products made from natural extracts of plants or herbs that are known for their UV protection. Shea butter and edelweiss plant are examples of such natural products. The edelweiss plant grows at a very high altitude and has a built-in SPF and high concentrations of natural UV-absorbing chemicals.

Apply fresh milk cream onto the sunburned area to obtain immediate relief from sunburn.
Mix in one teaspoon of turmeric powder in an eight ounce cup of plain yogurt and apply it onto the sunburned areas.
Topical applications such as gels and salves made of calendula herb are considered to be beneficial in treating sunburn. Calendula herb has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties and will help to soften and heal burned skin. It is believed to speed up the recovery process by stimulating new cell growth.
Put 20 drops of calendula tincture into four ounces of water and bathe the affected skin until the pain subsides.
Apply cucumber or potato slices onto the affected skin to cool the burning sensation.
Prepare a compress using Epsom salt or baking soda dissolved in water. Gently apply it onto the sunburned areas.

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