Herbs for Sunburns
In a country like Greece, sun exposure is inevitable. You do not need systematic sunbathing to cause sunburn, irritation, photosensitivity and freckles in the long run. But there are herbs that help protect the skin from dangerous radiation and skin tissue aging.
The intense sunlight in the summer months, combined with the fact that the sun from year to year becomes more and more dangerous for the skin, makes the use of sunscreen necessary on all sunny days of the year. In fact, in winter the sun acts more intensely because it is closer to the earth while with the cold we do not perceive it.
A sunburn is easy to recognize, by the sensitivity caused to the exposed area and by the pink color of the skin. Contact with clothing or simply touching the skin may cause discomfort and pain. In cases of extreme sunburn, blisters on the skin and peeling are observed, while the case of nausea, fever and severe pain needs immediate medical attention.
It is now known that high-risk groups, ie children and the elderly, should avoid sun exposure during peak hours, from 12 noon to about five in the afternoon. While precautions with the use of good sunscreen and proper hydration of the body are essential. Other sun-sensitive groups that are often unaware of it are people with very thin or white skin and people who use photosensitivity drugs.
Second-degree burns, if we have the proper knowledge, can be treated at home. From the third degree onwards, a visit to the hospital is required. Signs of second-degree burns are swelling and blisters.
Below we list some of the most basic soothing and anti-inflammatory herbs for immediate treatment of burns, as it is good to try the natural solution before resorting to a pharmaceutical preparation.
One of the main herbs that have a direct effect and with a very good healing effect, is lavender. Its essential oil is one of the few that can be used directly on the skin without causing irritation.
Recommended for all types of burns and not just sunburn. The same goes for st john’s wort oil, known for its soothing and powerful healing action. Only you should not expose yourself to the sun because it is photosensitive. Another very effective oil that you will find in every kitchen is olive oil, while in very mild sunburn, almond oil is also recommended due to its soft texture and easy absorption.
In cold compresses, from an extract or infusion, a particularly effective herb is mint, which soothes and cools the area. Rose water has a similar effect.
Chamomile, in decoctions which are made into compresses or in ointment, is particularly soothing and relieving for the treatment of irritation, inflammation and the intense feeling of pain. While using calendula in the same way, has even better results on the skin, because it is an herb dedicated to skin care.
Then there are the more “juicy” herbs and vegetables for burns, such as cucumber juice or its pulp, and of course the tomato with exactly the same use. Carrot is also considered very good for treating burns due to the nutrition it provides to the body and skin.
Of course, we would not forget to mention one of the most beneficial herbs for the skin and the body as a whole, aloe. Whether using the juice or the gel inside the aloe leaf, the pain relief is immediate, and the healing is done quickly without leaving any scars.
The only thing to remember before using any herb, is that we should be careful not to be allergic and it is understood during pregnancy to always consult your doctor before any use.
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