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Natural Remedies to Relieve Sunburn

Summer is a time of fun in the sun, but sometimes this fun can have negative consequences.

If sunscreen isn’t applied well enough while you are outside, it can result in a nasty sunburn. Even if sunscreen has been applied, sunburn can still happen. So what can be done to help relieve the itching and pain? To help soothe sunburn, keep these five natural remedies in mind.

Witch hazel

Witch hazel is a known natural astringent, capable of providing long-lasting anti-inflammatory relief. suggests using this remedy often on the inflamed area to reduce the amount of pain and swelling caused by the sunburn. For smaller areas, simply dip cotton balls into the liquid and dab it onto the sunburn gently. If the sunburnt area is larger, moisten a cloth with the witch hazel and lay it over the burn.

Diluted apple cider vinegar

There is a simple apple cider vinegar mixture that can reduce the pain of sunburn drastically. Because of apple cider vinegar’s astringent qualities, it is the perfect natural solution to soothe sunburnt skin and is incredibly easy to make. Combine one cup of apple cider vinegar with one cup of water. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray the affected area to cool the burn.


Many people know of aloe’s ability to soothe burns, but they typically turn to the store-bought gels and oils rather than the natural source. Instead of heading out to the store to purchase aloe, consider using your own aloe plant. Simply break off a leaf of the plant and squeeze the gel-like liquid onto the sunburn. Then, gently rub it in until it is evenly spread across it. The relief should be almost instantaneous. If you don’t happen to have an aloe plant around, suggests looking for an aloe gel that has no preservatives to reduce the amount of chemical exposure.

Peppermint oil

If the sunburnt skin isn’t blistered, the Farmer’s Almanac suggests applying peppermint oil to the sunburn. The holistic nature of peppermint will cool the skin, reducing the amount of pain the burn causes. Use a peppermint infusion for the best relief results, rather than a concentrate.


Lavender is a useful herb to have around the house, as it can be used in many ways. Not only is it known for its calming influences, but this plant can also be used in many ways to sooth sunburnt skin. Add lavender oil to a cool bath to soothe a large sun-burnt area. The lavender oil can also be mixed with water in a spray bottle to create a calming remedy. Just mix together one cup of water with about 20 to 25 drops of lavender oil in a spray bottle, then spray it on the affected areas.

Sunburn can be painful, but you can easily fight the pain with these helpful natural remedies. Using these natural resources will soothe the burn, while giving you peace of mind.