Summer, a glorious time of year, is not without its pitfalls. Burgers getting burnt on the grill, sand getting everywhere, and perhaps most importantly, sunburns.
Though we’re all too familiar with the lobster look, sunburns are never OK. Just one bad burn can seriously increase your risk of melanoma. With skin cancers on the rise, sun safety is important for you and your family.
But just like those burnt burgers, things don’t always go according to plan. If you do end up with a burn this summer, try treating it with one of the following natural remedies.
Did you know that oatmeal actually has anti-inflammatory properties? Used to treat and soothe everything from the chicken pox to sunburn, compounds present in oats are actually anti-oxidants.
The best way to take advantage of the power of oatmeal is in the bathtub. Fill with cool or tepid water and add the oats directly to the bath. If you want to avoid clogging your drain, try blending up the oatmeal in a food processor or blender to form a thick paste before adding it to the bath.
Then just soak and enjoy.
Another delicious sunburn remedy comes from the bees (that can actually help treat bee stings as well). Used since ancient times, honey has antibacterial properties, which provide an ideal healing environment. It’s been proven that honey can rapidly hasten the healing process from burns.
For best results, apply honey directly to the sunburn, and cover with gauze for 30 minutes to an hour. Reapply as necessary.
Staying hydrated is always important, particularly in the hot summer months. While many of us are guilty of not getting our daily recommended amount, drinking water is critical to the healing process. A sunburn causes the body to draw water to the skin, leaving you at risk for dehydration.
Drinking plenty of water ensures a fast healing process and helps avoid getting sick in the interim. Dry mouth, headache and decreased urination are all signs of dehydration that you should be aware of after a sunburn.
Aloe vera is a beautiful cactus plant that can easily be grown in your backyard. When summer comes, simply snap off one of the long, thick leaves, remove the skin and apply to burns.
Aloe vera not only relieves sunburn pain, but can also prevent blistering. Furthermore, aloe vera can also be used to treat a wide variety of ailments beyond sunburns, such as insect bites and stings and rashes. Better yet, it’s pet-friendly.
If you live in a temperate climate, your aloe vera plant should do well outside in direct sunlight. Otherwise, grow it in a pot and place it by a sunny widow in the winter.