When my oldest daughter came in from a long day of playing outside, she had a pretty good sunburn to show for it. The kids had been swimming in their little kiddie pool, and she’d forgotten to wear a t-shirt overtop of her bathing suit.
We’re all so fair skinned, I knew she’d probably blister up as red as she was. It was already tender to touch. I definitely didn’t want to put anything on it that could further irritate the delicate tissues there.
Of course, the first thing that came to mind was aloe. I cut open a leaf from the aloe plant that sits on my kitchen windowsill, and I slathered her face and shoulder with the green gel that came from within. It quickly began to dry, and she complained (and laughed a little) about how it was tightening her skin up. I went over that with Manuka honey, and then some coconut oil, and allowed it to soak in while I did some research into an herbal bath for sunburns.
Stephanie over at Keeper of the Home shared several great ideas for natural sunburn soothers, and one of them was an herbal bath blend. I was excited to find that I had all of the herbs I would need growing around my home, so I quickly went outside to pick a few handfuls of each. Here’s how I made my herbal bath blend…
Herbal Tea Bath For Sunburns
Measurements are approximate. Feel free to use a little more or a little less as needed.
- 1/2 cup dried Calendula (Marigolds)– astringent, antiseptic, anti-inflamatory, heals wounds
- 1/2 cup Plantain leaves– heals wounds, sores, and burns
- 1/2 cup Peppermint leaves– cooling
- 2-4 black (or green) tea bags– reduces inflammation
- 2 drops lavender essential oil– relaxant, antiseptic, anti-bacterial
- 1/2 c. baking soda– soothes sunburns and itchy skin
Bring four cups of water to a boil, and add in the herbs and tea bags. Remove from heat, and allow to steep for 15-20 min. Set tea bags aside to cool. Strain off tea, and pour it into a nice warm bath. Sprinkle in the lavender and baking soda, and soak for at least 20 min.
Use the cooled tea bags on sunburned eyes or cheeks, or as needed elsewhere.
Jada was in heaven in her herbal bath. She loved it so much, and she is not a ‘pamper me’ kind of girl. It totally soothed her skin. When she got out, I slathered her with Emu Oil, which is supposed to be really good for skin issues. The next morning I was so happy to find that the redness and tenderness were gone from her skin, and it was now a nice brown. I was surprised to have such successful results. When I was a little girl, I used to burn just like she did all underneath and around my eyes. And I always peeled afterward. Jada didn’t peel at all.
What I love the most about this herb blend is that it uses plants that are super easy to grow around your home. Especially Plantain, which is just a weed that grows in our yard (probably in yours as well, if you don’t spray it).
Now I need to learn how to make a homemade sunscreen!
Do you have a favorite home remedy for treating a sunburn?