Friday, May 14, 2010

Herbal Remedy- Sunburn Treatment

This is what I make each year as summer approached.  As someone who has suffered through serious sunburns, on one occasion requiring medical treatment, I can attest to just how effective this sunburn remedy is.  I used it after a serious burn.  I was caught unprepared, outdoors with no shade, for many hours.  It was the kind of sunburn that should have left some scarring, but my skin healed fast and with no scarring at all.

2 cups aloe vera gel
1 tablespoon vitamin E oil
20 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops Ylang Ylang oil

Mix all ingredients together and store in the refrigerator.  The aloe, Vitamin E, and lavender all help to heal burned skin and prevent scarring. The lavender and ylang ylang oils help manage the pain of the sunburn.You don't have to put it in the fridge, but the coolness will feel good on sunburned skin.  Make sure to order your aloe vera gel from a good source, and not just buy it at the drug store.  Most of those brands have alcohol, which will just make matters worse. 

I have ordered aloe vera gel from Camden-Grey in the past, but they now only sell in a bulk quantity.  I have been growing aloe plants at home now for a few years and harvest my own gel.  However, Camden-Grey now has another cool aloe option: aloe butter.  It's a mix of both aloe vera gel and fractionated coconut.  That would also work for a sunburn treatment, but the texture would be more like a lotion than a gel.  They also have decent prices on containers.

Live better, a little every day.

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