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What’s The Best Remedy To Soothe Sunburn?

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We have seen some record temperatures this July.  So what do you do if you get a sunburn?  According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, “If you get a sunburn, restore your energy with hot tea, which will pep you up and cool you off as well as or better than a cold drink.”  I would imagine at this time of year, people would be willing to try anything.  So here are a couple more remedies for the heat…

When we were young, my mom used to put vinegar on our sunburns to take the burn out.  I’m not sure if it really ever worked but she swore by it.  Here are a couple other remedies to the sun and sunburns according to Almanac.com com:

  • “A simple and harmless remedy for sunburn is to bathe the face in buttermilk.” (OFA, 1898)
  • Wash gently with soap and water and then apply the gel of an older aloe leaf, splitting the leaf open lengthwise for the quantity required.
  • Grate potatoes and apply to sunburned skin. The starch will cool and soothe the burn.
  • Apply peppermint oil to sunburned skin, as long as the skin isn’t blistered. Use a peppermint infusion as a milder wash to help cool a sunburn.
  • Mix 1 cup water and 20 to 25 drops lavender oil and use to bathe the sunburned area. Or, apply the solution with a spray bottle.
  • If you have remedies for the heat or sunburns, we’d love to hear them!

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