Accidents happen. And even though we are vigilant about not getting burnt, sometimes we need a homemade sunburn remedy to sooth burned skin.
Sunblocks and sunscreens have a lot of toxic chemicals in them. There are some ok brands out there though, or you can make your own. I’ve put together 4 Homemade Sunscreen Recipes, so definitely check them out and the research that was done on the ingredients of sunscreens.
The other day I was not paying attention to how long my kids were playing outside and they did not have homemade sunscreen on and got sunburns. I needed to reference my Homemade Sunburn Remedies so I could make sure they healed quickly and efficiently.
Below are Recipes for baths, spray bottles and lotions. Use whichever one best fits your family.
11 Homemade Sunburn Remedies
1) Baking Soda Bath
Fill a tub with mild water (as cool as feels good) and add a cup of baking soda. Baking soda returns the skin’s pH to normal and acts as a great neutralizer. This bath will cool the skin down and allow for it to ‘breathe’ a bit, lowering the temperature naturally. You may want to rinse the baking soda off when you are finished, but I usually find this unnecessary.
2) Oatmeal Bath
Similar to baking soda, oatmeal is a neutralizer and is awesome for sensitive and damaged skin. I would grind it in a blender or put it in a cheesecloth so you do not clog the drain.
3) Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is very healing and soothing to burns. I like to keep a plant and break off a stem when there is a burn in the kitchen. You can also use the plant to add to the below recipes. If you do not have the plant, you can use gels, just double check the ingredients to make sure there are no additives. (Get Organic Aloe Vera Here)
Yogurt from the fridge is very cool and soothing. You can spread it on with your fingers or dip a soft cloth into the yogurt to spread onto your burn. You can also make a mixture of yogurt with a few drops of lavender oil and/or aloe vera.
Lavender is very gentle on the skin. It is soothing and will help the skin heal. You can dilute lavender essential oil in a carrier oil and gently rub onto the burned skin. I would put 1 tbsp apricot kernel oil into a bowl and add 5 drops of lavender essential oil. You can also add lavender flowers to a hot bath, let the bath cool as much as is comfortable and then lie in the lavender bath. (Get Flowers and oil HERE)
Vinegar will also sooth the skin and it helps to balance the ph of the skin. You can make a vinegar bath, adding 1 cup of vinegar for every 3 inches of bath water. Or simply rub some vinegar directly onto the burned skin.
7) Witch Hazel
Witch hazel is an astringent and will cause your pores to gently contract. This will strengthen your skin and help it not to peel. Pour some onto your hand and gently rub onto the burned skin. Make sure you buy the witch hazel in water and not alcohol so that you do not dry out the skin. (Get Organic Witch Hazel with no Alcohol Here)
Chamomile is calming and very healing to the skin. You can add chamomile flowers to a hot bath, let the bath cool as much as is comfortable and then lie in the lavender bath. You can also make a chamomile tea brewed strong, let it cool, then “paint” it onto the burned area with a soft cloth.
9) Aloe-Lavender Mist
Directions: Pour the aloe vera juice into a spray bottle and add lavender essential oil. Shake well. Store in the refrigerator for the season. Mist onto any sunburn and you don’t have to touch it.
10) Chamomile Power Mist
- 1 cup chamomile tea, brewed strongly and cooled
- 1/4 cup aloe vera juice
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
Directions: Brew tea and let cool. Add aloe vera and essential oil and pour into a spray bottle. Mist onto sunburn when needed. Store in the refrigerator for the season.
11) Sun Healing Bath
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup witch hazel
- 1/2 cup aloe vera juice
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops myrrh essential oil
- In a cheese cloth: chamomile and green tea
Directions: Add all of the ingredients to your hot bath water and allow to cool as much as is comfortable. Soak for at least 15 minutes.