Sunburn Prevention Diet
[YEA] 02/20/2009: Amber from Portland, Oregon: "This remedy is more of a prevention. Eating more raw foods, especially greens and foods high in antioxidants can actually promote less burning and faster bronzing. In addition, there have been studies that have shown an oil or extract from brocolli is an excellent sunblock.
I have experienced success in this as I practice a raw food diet. Last summer I was eating about 1 cup of brocolli daily, as well as lots of berries (most helpful are blueberries, I had about 1/2 cup per day). I am fair-skinned and tan pretty easily, but I have never tanned so fast and without any burning for about the past 10 years. I also started staying in the sun about 1/2 the time I usually lay-out, and I still tanned, better than in the past! I admit I lay-out in the peak hours, which I should probably discontinue to do. Anyway, I thought this was my imagination but I since read about this from others on raw food forums, and done some research online, specifically about these foods, on www.NaturalNews.com
I am not suggesting that anyone toss care to the wind and stay in the sun all day just because you have eaten these foods, but it is something to note. I mean, could you imagine that there are nutrients out there that help our bodies be more resilient towards the sun's effects? I suppose after learning this, it makes sense!
Perhaps during the summer months, one could add a brocolli salad (my recipe: blend brocolli in food processor: add garlic powder, salt and olive oil, sun dried tomato flakes and pumpkin seeds/pepitas...it's amazingly good!) and a smoothie to thier healthy snack routine. It's healthy and it can't hurt!"
Tea Bag Bath
[YEA] 09/21/2008: Amanda from Mansfield, Ohio: "As a redhead, I naturally have extremely fair skin so I've endured many burns from mild to extremely severe. The best thing for me is to run a lukewarm bath and float some teabags in it. (I usually use between 5 to 8). Let them steep for a few minutes then get in. The tea takes the sting right out of the burn!"Replies
[YEA] 09/22/2008: Esther from Lewisberry, PA replies: "Sunburn comment: Easier and more efficient is to just boil 1/2 cup water and steep a tea bag in it for 5 minutes or so. Add 2-3 ice cubes and using a cotton ball or even the tea bag (until it breaks) apply directly to the sunburn and allow it to dry on the skin."
[YEA] 05/26/2010: Anita from Muskegon, Mi replies: "I too use tea bags for sunburn in the tub. I find the best results with black tea and even better with a Chinese Black tea. I just asked at one of my favorite Chinese restaurants and they were so kind they gave me a couple boxes, but, it is not hard to find at health stores. For acute burns and chemical reactions that make you feel like your on fire-tea is a natural neutralizer. My father was a physician and this was one of his remedies. I was harvesting hot peppers from garden and making fresh salsa. I washed my hands liberally, and chopped other veggies for about an hour. Since I had even done up the dishes I was sure any acidity was long gone. Rather embarrasing, I went to urinate and in wiping process transferred via toilet paper residual pepper acicidity. Thought I was going to die! Wow! Called Dad, got in tub with 5-7 tea bags and within 2 minutes the pain lessened and by 15 I was totally back to normal. Also, like the young lady stated with burnt hand. Take 3-4 bags and steep in hot water for 10-20 sec. Open bags and like a poultice place over area and cover with a damp cloth or gauze. If blistering has started leave on for at least 30 minutes. The blistering will be gone and you avoid scarring. Hope this is helpful. Anita"
07/05/2011: Susie from Pasadena, Ca, 91101 replies: "Do you think it would work to put the cold black tea solution into a spray bottle and just spray myself down with it?"
07/06/2011: Maria from Gippsland, Australia replies: "Susie that would be much easier than trying to dab yourself and less painful. Aloe vera is also great for sunburn."
[YEA] 03/28/2009: Karin from Vina del Mar, Chile: "Sunburn relief with Tomato:
When I was a kid we didn't have sunblock like now and I used to get very nasty sunburns. I remember my Mom used to sliced some tomatoes and cover the affected area with them while I was lying down. She made me drink plenty of water with an aspirin. Sometimes, when she had an aloe vera leaf available,she would cover my read skin with that natural gel. Fortunately, I have not suffered any sunburn since I discovered SPF -maybe because so many painful memories makes me not forget to put it on..."
[YEA] 12/18/2011: Jana from Clarksville, Tennessee: "We have used white vinegar for sunburn for years. Soak paper towels in a bowl with white vinegar. Put the wet paper towels on the sunburn. It will be quite cold to the burn. As the towels dry, reapply the vinegar either by redipping the towel or spray vinegar on... Works every time. The skin may still peel, but the pain /heat is gone. No uncomfortable sleeping."
[YEA] 10/02/2009: John from Pearisburg, Virginia: "Vinegar cures Sunburns quickly!
I remember when I was about 6 or 7 year old, always going to the swimming pool. At times I would come home with a bad sunburn on my shoulders and back, so my mom would have me lay on my stomach while she would take a small bowl filled with vinegar. Then she would soak a small rag in the vinegar and rub and message the vinegar into the sunburned area, within 5 to 10 minutes later the painful sting of the sunburn was gone. It's also very effective if you have gotten sun poison Too, In just the same technique but takes a little longer to cure."
EC: Any particular type of vinegar, i.e., apple cider vinegar or white vinegar?
[YEA] 05/13/2007: Ecologist Jim McMahon (www.cleanairpurewater.com) : "For a bad sunburn - I recommend Witch Hazel over any other remedy. It will calm the pain and heal the burn faster than any medication I know."