Soothe a Sunburn–Naturally!

by on August 20th, 2010 at 7:00 am

Usually at least once a season, that red, painful, itchy, summer rite of passage occurs – the dreaded sunburn. While next time you’ll remember to slather on the sunscreen (and either set the timer on your phone before taking a nap, or ask a friend to wake you!), natural remedies can help treat the uncomfortable situation at hand!

Try the following to help ease your burn and speed healing:

  • Marigold (Calendula officinalis) is a well-known herb for skin health, and has been studied for its soothing properties.
  • Lavender (Lavandula officinalis) provides aromatherapy benefits plus soothing effects.
  • Tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) has many skin-supporting qualities, and is easily absorbed to bring relief.
  • Gotu kola (Centella asiatica) contains compounds that help increase the concentration of anti-oxidants to support healing.
  • Red Aloe (Aloe Ferox) contains a number of active compounds that promote skin health.
  • Witchhazel (Hamamelis virginianum) has been studied for its ability to support the skin plus  soothe itchiness and irritation, making it a great remedy for sunburn.


Also, vitamin C has been studied and shown to promote faster healing. Citrus fruits as well as strawberries and blueberries are full of vitamin C, so eat up!

3 Responses to “Soothe a Sunburn–Naturally!”

  1. Sue

    Sep 2nd, 2010

    Ah, you didn’t mention my absolute favorite natural remedy: vinegar. Mix half vinegar and water, soak a soft cloth in it, wring out the excess and lay it on your skin. You can actually feel the heat transfer to the cloth. When the cloth gets hot, refresh it. Rinse and repeat.

    This has saved my skin and that of my kids many many times. This works best as soon as you come in from the sun. For soothing afterward, any of the remedies mentioned above are great, preferably witch hazel.

    • A. Grano

      Sep 2nd, 2010

      Hi Sue,

      Thank you for sharing- sounds like a great home remedy I will try next time! Please continue to post your tips and feedback; we love to hear from our readers :)

  2. Megan

    Feb 24th, 2012

    Its almost summer and we do really love going out and enjoy the outdoor. But the possibility to have some sunburns can’t be avoided most especially if you have no protection when exposed too much in the sun and you are allergy to sunblock . With your post, you have share with us some home remedy that is very useful. Thank you for sharing.


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