Herbal Sunburn Tea + 3 More Natural Sunburn Remedies
It was only 60 degrees on our first, true Spring day…
So I was caught off-guard when our son came inside after playing outdoors all day with the reddest face, neck, and shoulders I’ve ever seen.
I never even thought to have him apply sunscreen before going out for the day.
He was pretty uncomfortable, so I had to find something to give him some relief quickly.
I remembered that I had applied raw apple cider vinegar to my husband’s sunburn last summer with great results. Within 24 hours, his pain was gone and the burn had begun to heal.
But my kid hates the smell of ACV…
Why not concoct a mixture with ACV AND healing herbs?! That’s exactly what I did. And it worked!
With healing properties and vitamins that will quickly absorb into the skin, herbs are a natural choice for treating skin ailments of any sort — rashes, fungal infections, dry skin, burns, and yep, sunburns.
I chose peppermint because of its cooling affect. Applied to the skin, peppermint tea is gentle and cooling to the heat that radiates on sunburned skin. Peppermint fights inflammation — and a sunburn is the definition of inflamed skin! It’s also high in Vitamins A and C, necessary for healthy skin.
Also extremely high in Vitamin C, rose petals have been used for skin health for thousands of years. They soothe sunburned skin with a cooling effect similar to that of peppermint. Plus, they smell amazing!
I chose dried lavender specifically for its calming effect. Since I knew my son was stressed about his sunburn, I wanted to counter that with something that would calm and soothe. Lavender also tones the skin.
Natural Sunburn Remedies: Herbal Sunburn Tea
Here’s what you need:
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tablespoon dried peppermint
- 1 tablespoon dried rose petals
- 1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers
- 1/2 cup raw ACV
Makes approximately 1 cup.
Here’s how to do it:
First, bring the water to a boil. Remove from the heat and add the dried herbs. Steep for 10-15 minutes. Strain into a glass jar. Add the raw apple cider vinegar. Place a lid on the jar and shake to combine.
Application & Storage:
Dip a cotton ball or small wash cloth into the tea and squeeze gently to remove excess liquid. Dab lightly on to sunburned skin. It’s best to pat or dab rather than wipe or rub the tea on.
Depending on the severity of the sunburn, apply the tea as many times as needed for relief. After the first day, you should notice much less pain and redness.
Store Herbal Sunburn Tea in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. The ACV acts as a natural preservative and will keep the herbal tea from going bad. This makes enough that, if the whole family gets burned, you’ll have plenty of Herbal Sunburn Tea to go around!
After applying this Herbal Sunburn Tea to my son’s burn twice before bed, then rubbing pastured lard on his skin before bed, he woke up the next morning and I could tell the burn was noticeably less red.
We used the Herbal Sunburn Tea 3 times the following day, and applied lard + lavender essential oil to his skin twice.
Although he had a really bad sunburn, he never peeled or itched! His skin healed completely, and he never complained of pain or stiffness in his skin!
3 More Natural Sunburn Remedies
#1 — Bentonite Clay Paste
While it doesn’t actually heal the sunburn, a bentonite clay paste does bring fast and lasting relief to a painful sunburn! Plus, it draws toxins out of the skin.
I buy Redmond’s First Aid Clay Paste. It’s already hydrated, so you don’t have the mess of mixing up your own paste. Just squeeze out however much you need and apply to the affected area.
There is a dry, white-ish area left when this paste dries, but it provides relief until it’s washed off!
*Bonus! This also works wonders on itchy bug bites!
#2 — Aloe Vera
…but only if it’s REAL Aloe Vera and not the bright green gel you buy at Walmart.
To truly soothe the burn and potential itch of a sunburn, your best bet is 100% real, raw Aloe Vera gel straight from the plant. It should be clear, not blue or green.
Aloe Vera provides a protective layer over the skin cells and replenishes moisture that was sucked away by the sun’s rays.
If you don’t have an Aloe Vera plant growing in your house or yard, your next best option is to purchase 100% pure, cold-pressed Aloe Vera gel, like this one.
#3 — Animal Fat + A Cooling Essential Oil
If you have some rendered lard or tallow in your fridge and you’ve never used either of these nourishing animal fats on your skin before, now’s the time!
Pastured lard and tallow both contain high levels of Vitamins A and D — both essential for healthy, rejuvenated skin! (If you don’t have the opportunity to score some fat and render lard or tallow yourself, Thrive Market sells pastured lard and tallow for an excellent price!)
Adding a cooling essential oil to the lard or tallow will relieve the heat/pain of the burn, as well as provide further skin-healing benefits. Pick 1 or 2 of these oils and add a drop to the animal fat before applying to the sunburn:
Of these natural sunburn remedies, the Herbal Sunburn Tea and #3 — Animal Fat + A Cooling EO did the trick for my son.
I hope your Spring and Summer are full of warm days and plenty of sunshine — and I hope no one in your family gets sunburned!
If a sunburn happens, you can treat it naturally with my Herbal Sunburn Tea + any or all of the other 3 natural sunburn remedies and get relief fast!