[toc]A person is said to be suffering from Sunburns, when his/her skin becomes red, irritated and painful due to exposure to harmful sun rays for a long duration. The intensity of Sunburns depend upon the time the person is exposed to sun rays and also the skin type of the person. A person suffering from sunburns experience slight tenderness, sensation of burning pain, redness, rashes or blisters etc.
In extreme cases, sunburns can even cause drowsiness and bouts of fainting. Sunburn can occur withing 15 minutes to two hours after exposure in the sun. Pain caused due to sunburn usually lasts for a couple of days. Thereafter, skin peeling takes place and new skin cells are formed. Most sunburns can be easily treated at home by keeping the skin dry, lean and applying an antiseptic lotion on the affected area.
However, in some extreme cases medical attention maybe required. It is very necessary to properly protect the skin when venturing outdoors to prevent the instances of sunburn. People are mostly advised to apply sunblocks on their skin and cover the exposed parts of the skin when going out in the skin. Below mentioned are some very useful herbal remedies to prevent and provide relief against sunburns.
8 Herbal Remedies For Sunburn
Aloe Vera is a very effective and powerful herbal remedy for treating sunburns. Aloe vera helps in soothing the irritated skin tissues due to inflammation caused by sunburns. It also helps in fighting against the bacterial infections which can result as a side effect of burned skin. Aloe vera helps in boosting the overall immunity of the body. It is also a good source of Vitamin C, E and zinc, which helps in regeneration of the skin after sunburn. All these properties of Aloe Vera makes it a very valuable herb for treating sunburns. Aloe vera can be applied on the sun burnt area in form of gel, lotion, cream, raw extract etc.
Lavender is yet another very important herbal remedy to in cases of sunburn. Lavender is known for its property of soothing inflammations of the skin tissues caused due to sunburn. It is also a natural antiseptic and can be applied to sun burnt skin to provide immediate relief. Lavender also helps in providing immediate relief from pain and helps in relaxing a person who has suffered sunburn. Lavender can be applied on the sun burnt skin in form of oil, creams, gels, lotions etc. Sunburned skin can also be bathed with water containing lavender extract or oil, to provide immediate relief.
Chickweed is a very popular herbal remedy to treat sunburns and other wounds. Chickweed provides an immediate cooling effect on the skin inflamed due to sunburn. This herbal remedy helps in providing relief to dry and itchy skin, which is a very common side effect of sunburn.
Chickweed is rich in Vitamin B, which is very useful for the skin and helps in soothing irritation of the skin caused by sunburns. Chickweed can be applied directly to the sun burnt area by grinding it into a paste. Alternatively, it can also be applied in form of poultice, salve etc.
Plantain is a very commonly found weed which is used very effectively as a herbal remedy for sunburns. The main components of Plantain are allantoin and gluside aucubin, which help in healing the tissues of the skin burned due to over exposure to the rays of the sun.
Plantain is also very effective in reducing the swelling in the area of the skin affected by sunburn, due to presence of two main chemical compounds- vitamin C and caffeic acid. All these properties of Plantain help in providing immediate relief in cases of sunburn and other burn wounds. Plantain is best effective when applied in form of fresh poultice.
Calendula has been used traditionally since ancient times to treat various types of skin burns, sunburns, cuts, bruises etc. Calendula helps in reducing the inflammation caused by the burned skin tissues and provides an immediate cooling and soothing effect. It also helps in fighting against the bacterial and fungal infections, thereby, helping in prevention of infections in the body caused due to sunburns. Calendula can be applied on the irritated skin in form of creams, salves, sunblocks, tincture, poultice etc, to get relief from sunburn.
Echinacea is yet another very popular herbal remedy used for sunburns. Echinacea not only helps in preventing the inflammation of the skin caused by sunburn but also helps in stimulating the skin burn to heal rapidly. This herb helps in blocking the sensation of pain caused due to sunburned tissues and encourages the skin to rejuvenate faster. Echinacea is also a very good naturally found antiseptic and can be applied on sunburned skin to prevent further infection. Echinacea is an important ingredient of many sunblocks and creams used to protect the skin against sunburns.
Witch Hazel is very famous for curing sunburns. Witch hazel is rich in astringent properties, which helps in providing a cooling effect to the skin tissues. It also helps in reducing the inflammation of the skin caused due to sunburn. Witch hazel is also very effective in bringing down the swelling and puffiness of the sunburned skin, thereby decreasing the skin irritation. Witch hazel can be easily found and can be used by people of all categories, as it is very inexpensive. Witch hazel is readily available in the market in form of salves, lotions, gels etc.
St. John’s Wort
St. John’s Wort is also a very powerful and effective herbal remedy used for treating sunburn cases. This herb is very useful in reducing the inflammation of the skin tissues and provides a soothing effect to the sunburned area. St. John’s Wort also stimulates the tissues of the skin to heal faster and repair the damage to the skin caused by over exposure to sun rays. This herb is also very effective in providing relief against burning pain caused by sunburns. St. John’s wort can be applied to the sunburned area in form of poultice, cream, lotion, herbal bath, etc.