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At times, we all suffer from over-exposure to the sun. Soothe the pain with 100-percent organic home remedies from the pantry and let your skin feel healthy again.

Sometimes, accidents happen, and we get sunburned. Nature, however, has plenty of wonderful skin-soothers that can take away the redness and soreness. To tackle burns, not just sunburn but any minor burns, every home should have an Aloe vera plant. The plant is not only attractive to look at, but it also harnesses amazing powers.

In hot climates, aloe vera can be grown outdoors. If you live in a cooler climate, or anywhere where there’s a risk of frost, the plant is happiest situated on a table near a window.

To use, simply slice off a leaf of aloe and peel it, then apply to sunburned skin (it leaves a sticky “snail’s trail” of soothing gel.) Alternatively, make a batch of aloe vera antioxidant gel and keep it chilled in the refrigerator for use in summer.

To make the gel:

  • Slice oil a large outer leaf and peel it with a potato peeler or a paring knife. Put it in a blender or food processor.
  • For every ‘A cup (50 ml) of aloe gel, acid 500 mg of powdered vitamin C, the contents of one vitamin F capsule (400 IU), and ‘A tsp lavender essential oil.
  • Blend thoroughly. Then apply the gel as needed to cuts, burns, insect bites, and any type of skin irritation. Kept refrigerated in a clean glass jar, this gel will stay fresh for a couple of months.

Recent studies have also shown that slathering skin with extra-virgin olive oil after sun exposure may protect against skin cancer. In tests, skin treated with extra-virgin olive oil after being blasted with damaging ultraviolet rays developed smaller, fewer, and less life-threatening tumors, probably due to the high level of antioxidants in the oil. So, treat your skin to organic extra-virgin olive oil as an after-sun massage, but be aware that non-virgin olive oil does not offer the same skin protection.

Another effective skin soother is using natural yogurt.

Insect bite soother
If you do get bitten, try a cold compress to calm the area: soak a cloth in ice water to which a few drops of chamomile and lavender oil have been added, then wring out the cloth and lay it on the affected area for 15 minutes.


  1. minerva graham
    June 21, 2010 at 6:40 am

    You might also try using a mixture of ground cucumber and fresh curd or also applying aloe vera extract to the affected region can help with reducing the irritation.

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  4. healthyMom
    June 1, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I wanted to share my sunburn experience. I was kayaking on a sunny 73 degree day in Hawaii – beautiful! I didn’t think I’d be out as long as I was so I got burned. I also underestimated the reflection of the water as I bought my kayak last September and kayaked short trips on partly cloudy days.

    I was recommend to use the Made from Earth Pure Aloe Vera Skin Treatment whenever i have been in the sun. It made the burn feel so much better without the gross, sticky feeling that you get from plain aloe which comes like a gel.

    If i have a painful sunburn, i will put this on multiple times in one day and it seems to make it go away much quicker, and more likely to turn into a tan. I also use it when i haven’t been on the sun. I think it’s a great lotion for normal use and if my skin gets dry, its a great moisturizer.

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