How Do I Treat Sunburn Naturally? (12 Sunburn Relief Home Remedies)

How Do I Treat Sunburn Naturally? (12 Sunburn Relief Home Remedies)

Over the years a number of people have asked me, “How do I treat sunburn naturally?”  In this post we offer 12 of the best sunburn relief home remedies.  So if you, or your loved ones, have been enjoying the sun a little too much and are now feeling the burn … then relax! Our sunburn remedies are effective, simple and most ingredients are commonly found in your home cupboards!

Sunburn is not just suffered by sun worshipers on tropical beaches, in fact sunburn can happen to anyone, anywhere and at any time of the year.  

The cause of sunburn is exposure to UV (Ultra-Violet) rays from the sun.  

Certain times of the year, and certain places around the globe means more exposure to UV than others, but at one time or another everyone will feel the sting of the ultra-violet burn.

Many folk use the sun as a way to help them tan.  Exposure to UV rays makes our body produce more Melanin.  

The Melanin is the dark pigmentation in the epidermis and is what gives our skin it’s coloration.

Melanin is determined by genetic factors and, although our body can produce more or less which influences tanning, our Melanin levels stay stable.  

This is why lighter skinned people tend to burn more than those with darker skin types.  

This Melanin provides our natural shield for UV rays, however too much exposure will cause the skin to burn, regardless of your genetic disposition and coloration.

So how do I treat sunburn naturally?

Here are 12 Of The Best Sunburn Relief Home Remedies.

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Green Tea and Mint – Sunburn Relief

Green Tea and Mint – Natural Remedies Sunburn

Mint is one of natures finest when it comes to cooling and soothing.  

Add the cooling effect of fresh mint to the tannic acid and theobromine found in green tea and you have a brilliant natural remedy which soothes, relieves pain and helps the healing for UV damaged skin.

This natural remedy is applied to the skin for treatment of sunburn … but is also a delicious drink!

To make this you need 2 liters of boiling water, 6 green teabags and 3 cups of fresh mint leaves and stems.

In a large pot add the teabags, the mint and then pour over the boiling water.  

Cover and let steep for at least an hour.  

Pour the liquid through a cloth to remove the mint and tea bags. Let this mixture cool and place in the fridge.

When needed soak cotton balls, or a clean cloth, in the mixture and apply to the burnt area.

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An Apple A Day

Apple Cider Vinegar – How Do I Treat Sunburn Naturally?

There is evidence of vinegar being used topically for the treatment of burns for centuries.

Most recommend the use of apple cider vinegar and application after a cold shower.

This is an easily applied treatment.  

After having a cool/cold shower then apply undiluted apple cider vinegar directly to the burn with a cotton ball.  

Even better is to fill a spray bottle with apple cider vinegar and spritz it liberally on the burn.

You may not smell beautiful but your burn will thank you for it.

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Witch Hazel – Natural Sunburn Remedies

Witch Hazel – Sunburn Relief Home Remedies

Witch Hazel is a favorite of any natural healer or holistic therapist as it able to be used in so many formulas.  

The major benefit of Witch Hazel is its pain reducing properties.

Witch Hazel is a beautiful plant but only the bark, twigs and leaves are used medicinally rather than the decorative flower.

The leaves, bark and twigs of the Witch Hazel plant contain tannins which when applied topically to burnt skin reduce swelling, protect against bacterial infection and aides pain relief and skin repair.

It is most common to find Witch Hazel in already prepared solutions commonly referred to as witch hazel water.  

This is simply a distilled liquid extract made from the dried leaves, twigs and bark.

Apply the Witch Hazel Water directly to the burn with clean cotton balls.  Apply as needed.

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Home Made Sunburn Cream – Natural Remedies Sunburn

You probably have some of these items in your cupboard and therefore you can make a brilliant and extremely effective sunburn cream.

This cream contains all the natural products associated with sunburn treatment and for treating UV damage.  All of the ingredients each help sunburn in slightly different ways.

Combined this is a powerful healer and thoroughly recommended.

To make you’ll need:

Witch hazel water or gel – 1 tablespoon
Aloe Vera Gel (aloe vera gel is also a brilliant soother of sunburn in its own right) – 1 tablespoon
-Baking soda or cornstarch – 2 to 4 teaspoons
-Fresh mint leaves – 1 cup (or 1 teaspoon of pure mint essential oil)
-Fresh, clean, water – 2 tablespoons

Add the Aloe Vera and Witch Hazel to the water.  Stir and blend.  Let sit for 2 hours.

Add baking soda/cornstarch and the finely chopped mint leaves.  Mix.  

You are able to determine the consistency you like,  if its too runny add more cornstarch or baking soda.  Too thick add cool clean water.

Transfer to an airtight container and place in a cool dark area (refrigerator).  

It is best after infusing for 24 hours and will keep the entire summer if stored in the fridge.

This may require a little work in the preparation but is excellent and wonderfully effective.

How Do I Treat Sunburn Naturally – Easy & Effective Solutions!

Apples.

A very simple remedy.

Cut an apple in half and remove the core. Gently rub the cut side over your sunburn for 3 to 4 minutes.

The properties in the apple keeps your skin from blistering or peeling.

Potatoes.

The use of potato is an ancient method of pain relief.

For sunburn relief simply chop a peeled, and washed, potato into small chunks.

Blend into liquid with a food processor. To ensure a smooth paste, with no lumps, add a little water.

Apply onto the sunburned skin as a paste.  Let it dry, and then rinse off in the shower.

You can also coat a clean gauze pad with the liquid potato, and apply to the skin as a dressing. Let sit for up to one hour, and apply several times a day.

Coconut Oil.

Coconut Oil is a great remedy, as it offers near immediate reduction of redness and, applied early enough, can prevent peeling.


Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, so place the jar in a saucepan of hot water and let sit for 3 to 5 minutes.

Then apply some of the liquidized coconut oil to a cotton swab, let cool if necessary, and gently dab over the affected skin.

Baking Soda.

Add a cup, or two, of baking soda into a warm bath and have a relaxing soak.

This is a great relief for sunburned skin, and is fantastic for those who have sunburn over a large area of their body.

You can also mix baking soda and water into a smooth paste, and apply it as a compress.

Yogurt and Oatmeal.

The healing properties of yogurt and oatmeal can be combined into a poultice.

Mix 1/4 cup full fat, plain yogurt with 2 tablespoons oatmeal.

Mix vigorously for one minute, then apply to the sunburn.

Leave on for at least 10 minutes, then wash off, with warm water.

Milk.

Milk is high in Vitamins A and D, which makes it great for nourishing the skin.

Maybe this is what Cleopatra knew!

Soak a gauze pad in whole milk and use as a compress, to help sunburned skin heal quickly.

Honey.

Honey has antioxidant properties which helps rejuvenate damaged skin.

Apply a thin layer of honey directly to sunburn, leave for 20-30 minutes, then rinse off.

Cucumber.

Cucumbers are cooling and will reduce itching.

Gently rub the sunburned area with freshly cut cucumber slices, or lay the slices on the affected area.

Allow the juices to penetrate your skin for 10-20 minutes. 

Wishing you great health and many hours of un-burnt summer!  

If you’d like to ask questions or make a comment on the effectiveness of these remedies please do so in the comments section below.

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How do I treat sunburn naturally? Here are 12 of the best sunburn relief home remedies. These remedies are effective and easy to prepare.

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10 thoughts on “How Do I Treat Sunburn Naturally? (12 Sunburn Relief Home Remedies)”

  • Hi, Jason. A very informative post about sunburn relief home remedies. It’s good to know that green tea and mint can heal sunburn. Green tea is a wonder herb with plenty of health benefits. Besides sunburn relief, apple cider and vinegar are also a natural cure for the removal of warts. Witch hazel is already popular as it also relieves diaper rash and irritation and a good hemorrhoid relief. By the way, which part of day that you have to avoid increase exposure to sunlight? Hope for your reply soon.

    • Hi my friend,

      You need to avoid sun exposure at all times…however in most places midday sun (or when the sun is at its most extreme is the time to ensure avoidance of the direct rays.

      Jason

  • Honestly this surprised me, and made me hungry!

    Putting that aside, I had no idea Green tea could be used for anything other than drinking, and I have never heard of Witch Hazel before. It will be worth looking into once the summer comes around, the sun gets hot in So’ Cal.

    Very informative, can Witch Hazel be found at a grocery store or a pharmacy?

    • Hi Caleb

      Thanks for your comments. I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

      Witch Hazel can be found relatively easily. Most pharmacies probably stock it is the beauty product area.

      You’ll find it easily at most good natural health stores and of course on Amazon.

      Best health to you

      Jason

  • What great information in your post! As a fair-skinned woman with freckles, I can say with confidence how important it is to have a natural remedy to use on skin that has been burned by the sun. The last thing that you should do to damaged skin is apply a product that contains chemicals that could possibly hurt your skin in other ways. I remember getting sunburns as a child and my mother applying vinegar and what a relief that provided! For years I have kept Aloe Vera plants as they are a quick soothing fix for skin issues. Today we are much more informed of the dangers of too much sun, and resulting burns, so I applaud your post with the natural remedies you provide.

    • Many thanks Erin

      Like you I am fair skinned and red haired…so I know the damage sun exposure can do.

      The best solution is always prevention but if that fails these remedies will aid healing and comfort while also being actually good for the skin…that’s the beauty of nature

      Jason

  • Luckily you can find apple cider vinegar and green tea and mint from your local store. I can think why mint would help to relieve you from pain because it has that cooling effect.

    I will remember this list the next time that I go to the beach. Can you put them on before you get exposed to the sun or only afterwards?

    • Great question. These are post sunburn…As a preventative you can mix a large handful of mint with 2 tablespoons of water, 1/2 cup of coconut oil, 1 teaspoon of olive oil, 1 egg yolk and a squeeze of lemon…blend it all til creamy…this is the perfect sunscreen (add peppermint oil if you prefer it to be fragranced)

      Jason

  • Hi Jason,
    The wonderful article of yours has opened my eyes to things I never really knew for treating a sunburn. Now thanks to your wonderful information I have a full arsenal to treat sunburn. Are there any natural ways to help prevent sunburns, which is not normally discussed?
    Yours Truly,
    Carlton

    • Hi Carlton

      Great to hear from you.

      One of the best natural sunscreens to prevent the burn before it occurs is:

      1 generous handful of fresh mint leaves finely diced and crushed, add to 1/2 cup of coconut oil, 2 tablespoons water,1 egg yolk, 1 teaspoon olive oil and squeeze of lemon juice…add to a blender and blitz til creamy and thick…refrigerate…then apply to the skin…I promise your skin wont go green and you wont smell of egg…It sounds a pretty gross mixture but its gorgeous. If you do want fragrance add a few drops of peppermint essential oil…lovely

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