Too Much Sun? Try These Natural Sunburn Remedies

If you missed my Safe Summer Sunscreen Guide, then you may have stayed out in the sun too long without proper protection. The good news is that if you do get sunburn, I have some natural sunburn relief ideas. Even better news – you may already have some of these items in your home and they’re all non-toxic.

Here are my 5 natural sunburn remedies:

Apple Cider Vinegar

Since it works as an astringent, apple cider vinegar constricts body tissue and reduces inflammation. Simply add 1 cup to a bath or soak a washcloth with apple cinder vinegar and apply to your sunburn for a few minutes. 

Coconut Oil

Perfect as a moisturizer, coconut oil can prevent redness, swelling and itching. Plus it smells great. Just be careful, because it can stain clothing.

Aloe Vera

Even though it’s 99% water, aloe vera contains lots of vitamins and minerals. And pure aloe vera is cool to the touch, so it’s very soothing when you’ve been burned by the sun.


Tea contains tannic acid, which balances your pH level and pulls heat from sunburned skin. You can use either black tea or green tea in bags and soak them in cold water and pat on affected area. You can also add the tea bags to your bath.

Lavender Essential Oil

Last week I spoke about how some essential oils can regenerate tissue, well because of this the oil can relieve sunburn. Lavender essential oil in particular has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Put a few drops on a damp wash cloth and apply after the burn cools down after your use aloe vera (or mix with aloe vera).

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    Leann Forst, MBA, CHC, CEOC — Holistic Health Practitioner

    Leann is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Essential Oils Coach. She holds a Master’s degree from Drake University and a Bachelor of Science from Upper Iowa University. Accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, Leann is an award winning author of 2 books How to Get Your Kids to Beg for Veggies and 100 Ways to Lose Weight”.

    Born and raised as an Iowa farm girl, she moved to Texas in 1998 where she lives with her husband and 2 kids.

    As a wife of a brain cancer survivor, Leann has a special interest in anti-cancer nutrition and detoxification. She works with individuals and groups, and speaks regularly at hospitals, schools and organizations. Leann’s goal is to teach people how to attain optimal health by getting to the root cause of chronic and inflammatory conditions, while using healing modalities such as essential oils. Click here to get Leann’s free report, “37 Cancer Facts You Should Know…But Probably Don’t

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