An Herbal Tea Bath Blend For Sunburns

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.

sunburn herb bath tea

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.

sunburn herb bath tea ingredients
sunburn herb bath tea ingredients

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 Recipe


  • 1/2 cup cup dried Calendula (Marigolds) astringent, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory
  • 1/2 cup Plantain leaves heals sores, and burns
  • 2-4 bags black or green tea
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1/2 cups 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?

6 thoughts on “An Herbal Tea Bath Blend For Sunburns”

  1. Nice!! Fwiw, I’ve heard some folks say that nutrition has a lot to do with skin/burning/all that jazz – better nutrition = healthier skin that can handle sun exposure better. I know for sure my kids are getting a more decent diet than I did growing up, that’s for sure. 😀

  2. I love the herbal bath idea because I’m always looking for great “touch free” remedies. Thanks for sharing it!
    We like a “touch free” remedy I learned while living on the Florida coast: A tube of Cortaid in a bottle of witch hazel, and shake well. Pour into a spray bottle and douse sunburn victim liberally. Don’t spray directly on the face where it can get into eyes. We also have our sunburned person drink plenty of fluids.


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