While the summer sun is very beneficial for overall health ( vitamin d production and mental health ), too much may cause redness on the skin – a sunburn – and must be avoided.
Therefore, despite the benefits of the sun, more is not better; and less is more is a much better approach to most things in everyday life, with sun exposure being one.
Number one natural product I always have in my natural pharmacy. It’s a perfect remedy for most skin issues, and with sunburns, it is ideal since it is extremely cooling to the skin. It’s important to use one without preservatives or any additives. There are many at the local health food stores but definitely look at the ingredients. I generally store it in the fridge to add extra coolness.
In the summer, it is much more important to be mindful of water intake. Our skin tends to be drier, and with a sunburn, it will be much more dehydrated. Replacing any lost body fluids will help heal the body ( and sunburn) much quicker. If plain water is a little boring, infuse it with lemons & mint or cucumbers or sip on iced herbal tea.
Essential Oils & Body Sprays
Firstly, I do not recommend using anything with citrus extract in it, as the citrus can cause discomfort on the burned area.
Many people like to mix essential oils, like lavender and helichrysum, in a water bottle and spritz on the skin to help soothe a sunburn. I keep a bottle of Beautycounter’ Rosewater in my fridge which will also help soothe sunburn and encourage a speedy recovery.
( a side note: be safe and avoid the eye area!)
Sun Prevention is ALWAYS the key
- Always use sunscreen with SPF 30 ( here is the brand I use and highly recommend)
- Wear protective clothing
- Don’t forget your eyes: Wear sunglasses
|Seek medical help immediately|
If there is a fever over 104F/40C Their pulse is very fast. The person seems disoriented There is a headache, fever, or nausea.
Be well, laugh, find your joy,
PS If use homeopathy, here are a few suggestions:
Arnica: This is a good choice to give before any of the below, mostly for the shock the person may feel with the sunburn.
Cantharis: Painful burning maybe with some itching. Feels raw. The burn feels better from cold applications and the person cannot remove the cold pack for even an instant. ( i have used this before, incredibly successful with an oven burn).
Causticum: Burns that blister and ooze.
Urtica urens: Intense burning and/or stinging pain that often presents with intense itching. The key difference with this remedy is that the burn feels worse from cold water, heat, exercise, and after sleeping.
You can purchase most of these at a health food store, or through my online dispensary.