We all love soaking in the sum, but over exposure to the sun can cause painful sunburn. Yes you have enjoyed you day at the beach and taken in your fill of bright sunshine. Your vitamin D levels are also definitely boosted, but now you have to deal with itching, swelling and a burning sensation on the exposed skin.
You can opt for many over the counter lotions and ointments to deal with sunburn. However, the best option is to try herbal remedies for sun burn which are easily available either in health food stores or stores selling herbs. These remedies not only treat the immediate symptoms of sun burn, but also prevent the burn from causing lasting damage to the skin.
Best Herbal Remedies For Sun Burn
Aloe Vera is by far the most useful herb as far as skin remedies go. It is a classic remedy for sun burn and has been in use for over two millennia as a medicine in many cultures like India, China, Japan, Russia, Latin America and Africa. Recent studies and researches have also proved its beneficial effects on the skin especially in wound healing and in treating first and second degree burns. It is also useful as one of the herbal remedies for sun burn. Take an Aloe leaf and cut it open. Apply the juice directly on the affected area and leave for 30 minutes, wash it off with cool water.
The kukui tree has been used by the natives of the Hawaii islands as a useful medicine ever since it was introduced into the islands around 1500 years ago by Polynesian explorers.The oil of the Kukui nut is used for many purposes, as a laxative, a fuel, a joint pain and arthritis reliever and as a medicine for skin conditions including sun burn.
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Cooled And Used Tea
It is true that the polyphenols in tea can enhance the resistance of the skin to UV radiation when you drink tea. However, it is equally true that a topical application of tea can soothe sun burn and speed up the healing process.Soak a used tea bag in cool water for 10 seconds and then place it on the affected area. As an alternative you can also brew black tea and add it to your bath water when cool.
Lettuce is also well known for its medicinal properties and although this humble vegetable is very low on calories it is an excellent food. What’s more lettuce is also beneficial for the skin when used topically especially on sun burnt skin.For this boil some lettuce leaves in water. Strain the water and let it cool for few hours in the fridge. Soak cotton balls in this cooled liquid and wipe the affected skin for lettuce to act as herbal remedies for sun burn.
Take some witch hazel and moisten a cloth with it. Place this cloth on the affected area. For smaller areas dip a cotton ball in witch hazel and dab on the affected skin. Witch hazel is an active astringent and has incredible anti inflammatory properties.