Sunburn is a common hazard faced by people who tend to work long hours in the sun or those who have very sensitive skin. Sunburn results in red, inflamed and darkened patches on the skin and these patches commonly appear on those parts of the body that are generally left uncovered by clothes like the face, parts of chest and back, arms, legs and the feet. It is best to avoid exposure to scorching sun as far as possible but in cases where it is unavoidable do not step out without wearing a sunscreen. In the meantime, you can take care of sunburn using effective herbal remedies.
Herbal Remedies For Sunburn
The best and the easiest way of treating sunburn is by use of turmeric because of the string anti-inflammatory and healing properties of the herb. Mix two teaspoons of organic turmeric powder with some water to form a smooth paste.
Apply the paste in generous quantity over the affected areas of the skin and leave for 20-30 minutes. Remove the turmeric paste using cold water. Repeat the treatment every four hours in case of severe burns.
Rose water is an effective remedy for sunburn because it soothes the inflammation of the skin thereby reducing the pain and redness. Boil petals of rose in water and allow the treated water to cool down before straining it. Pour the herbal water in a spray bottle and spray the water on your skin several times during the day. You can even use clean cotton balls to dab rose water on the burnt skin.
Cucumber has anti-inflammatory effect on the skin and is helpful in bringing down the redness caused as a result of infections or sunburn. Treat the sunburned skin with the cooling effects of cucumber by grating the herbal vegetable and allowing it to rest in the refrigerator for sometime before applying it on the sunburned skin. You can even squeeze the juice of the cucumber and spray it on the affected skin several times during the day.
Many people know witch hazel as a natural astringent because of its anti-inflammatory actions. Therefore, the herb can be used in the treatment of sunburn as well. The herb has cooling effect on the skin that will lessen the pain of the burn as well. Prepare witch hazel water at home by boiling the leaves of the herb in pure water for 20 minutes. Strain and use the treated water as spray. You can even apply the boiled leaves of the witch hazel over the skin after cooling the leaves in the refrigerator for an hour.
Mint works much like cucumber in treating sunburns because the herb has soothing and cooling effect on the stinging and inflamed skin. Wash mint leaves thoroughly in running water and then crush them to fine paste form using mortar and pestle. Do not add water to the paste.
Refrigerate the mint paste for an hour before applying on the sunburnt areas. Leave for 20 minutes and wash off using cool water. Repeat the application of mint paste every three hours to fasten the process of healing.