Sunburn Treatment 101 – Plus Natural Remedies!

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We all know the best method is prevention, but if you missed a spot when you slathered on your SPF 50 this morning, you might be feeling a bit sheepish – and looking for some quick-relief for that sunburn! Try a few of these sunburn treatment methods to zap the pain and treat the burn and you’ll be back out in the warm sunshine in no time.


1. Once you realize you’re turning pink and your skin is feeling warm

Get covered! Don’t let a minor burn turn into a major one! Go inside if possible. If you have to stay outdoors, slather on more sunscreen or, better yet, put on a light t-shirt and a hat.


2. Take steps to prevent and treat pain

If you’re concerned about the discomfort the sunburn may bring, taking over-the-counter painkillers containing acetaminophen or ibuprofen at the first sign of sunburn can help. Other treatments include cold compresses, a cool bath, or applying a cooling gel or lotion containing aloe vera to relieve some of the heat. A hydrocortisone cream may also be applied for a short amount of time if discomfort persists.


3. Keep treating the burn as it heals

As soon as initial treatment of the burn has been completed, it is important to start rehydrating your body. Burns pull moisture from your skin and you will continue to need extra fluids until it heals. Children are particularly vulnerable to dehydration and should be encouraged to drink more. While a burn heals, wear loose cotton clothing to keep cool air moving over the area and to protect it from further damage if you need to spend time outside. Keeping the burn from further sun exposure until it has had time to heal is always a good idea.


Natural remedies

If you’re not interested in treating your sunburn with medications, there are several natural sunburn remedies that may help ease your pain. These remedies are not all proven, but if your sunburn has gotten the best of you, it really can’t hurt to try!

  • Soak tea bags (black tea) in cool water and apply them to the burn – black tea contains tannic acid, which can be a pain reliever. You may also try brewing the tea, allowing it to cool, then using rags soaked in it for cold compresses.
  • Use a rag soaked in cool cow’s milk for a cold compress – milk has proteins that may reduce inflammation.
  • Apply honey, yogurt, or cool prepared oatmeal to the area – all three are said to have anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Add a cup of vinegar to your cool bath – vinegar is said to help restore pH balance in the skin, which encourages healing.
  • Apply vitamin E oil or lotion – vitamin E is also said to reduce inflammation


Note: These are all suggested treatments for minor sunburn caused by low levels of overexposure to sunlight. Any sunburn that blisters, appears white, feels numb, or is accompanied by chills and fever requires special attention and you should consult a physician. Additionally, any child under the age of one who gets sunburn may also need a physician’s care. Please call your family doctor for questions and further treatment!


Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.


Featured image courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens.

Non-Toxic Bug Spray for Your Family, Pets and Garden

Spending time outside during the summer is great – except for the bugs!   Bug spray seems like a good idea, but many contain harsh chemicals and toxins that we don’t really want to put on our skin, on our pets or around our gardens. Using simple household products and some natural essential oils, you can make your own insect repellent that is both safe and effective.

 Homemade Natural Bug Spray

How to Make Non-Toxic Bug Spray for Your Family, Pets and Garden


1) For your family:

Fill a small glass spray bottle (about 8 ounces) halfway with witch hazel and then fill nearly to the top with distilled water. Add 10 drops each of the following essential oils: tea tree, eucalyptus, mint and citronella. Then add 10 more drops of another fragrant essential oil, such as lavender, rosemary, geranium or lemongrass (whatever smells best to you). Just shake well and spray to keep those nasty bugs away!


2) For your dog:

Peel several lemons, limes and/or oranges and add the peels to a pot on the stove. Add enough water to cover the peels and bring the mixture to a boil. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool completely. Discard the peels and put the remaining citrusy water into a spray bottle. Add 25 drops of essential oil for every 8 ounces of citrusy water – I like to use a combination of mint, lavender and eucalyptus. To repel mosquitos, shake the mixture well and spray on your dogs’ backs (where they can’t lick it off) before you take them outside – just be sure not to get it in their eyes!


3) For your garden:

In a small spray bottle, mix 3 cups water, 2 tablespoons mild oil (such as vegetable), 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid and 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper. Shake well and apply to plants and small bushes to control aphids.


Have a great, bug-free summer!

Julianne Puckett is the creator of Yankee Kitchen Ninja, a blog about what she calls “stealthy homemaking” — healthy recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, DIY gardening tips and the occasional craft project. A designer, writer and former suburban-dwelling IT professional, she lives in rural Vermont, where she struggles to balance the siren call of her inner farmer with her love of cute shoes and cocktails.