While you’re enjoying the heat this weekend, remember that the sun is most powerful and potent between 10am and 2pm, so wear a hat and don’t forget your sunscreen! If you do get a sunburn this weekend from staying in the sun too long, here are some proven natural first aid remedies for sunburns:
Natural First Aid Remedy for Sunburns: Aloe Vera
Aloe vera has a cooling effect and helps encourage healing. Refrigerate your aloe, then open the stalk, exposing the gel-like substance inside, and put directly on the burn. You can purchase an aloe vera plant from your local nursery, or cooling gel from the drug store.
Natural First Aid Remedy for Sunburns: Witch Hazel
Put some witch hazel on a cold compress and apply to the sunburned area. Witch hazel is available at your local drug store for a few dollars.
Natural First Aid Remedy for Sunburns: Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil, mixed with water, will help reduce the pain and itching when poured over the sunburned area. Lavender essential oil can be purchased from a massage therapist.
For individuals who enjoy helping and healing, consider a career as a Physician’s Assistant. Physician’s Assistants (PA) work for urgent care facilities, among others, and receive training to provide diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventative health related services. Requiring much less education than a doctor, becoming a PA will allow you to work with people everyday and help them achieve optimal health.
Of course an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. To prevent needing natural first aid remedies for sunburns, don’t forget the sunscreen!