Although we all need to enjoy and experience sunlight as often as possible, sunburn itself can be dangerous and should be avoided.
If you are unlucky enough for your skin to get a dose, then here is a simple way to treat that sunburn with three natural ingredients. These same ingredients should be in your home but if they are not, then now is the perfect time to stock up.
Natural sunburn reliever and treatment
- A piece of Aloe Vera plant (some 3 to 4 inches long) sliced in half. If this is impossible, you can buy Aloe Vera gel at Trader Joe's or a reputable health store and use a tablespoon of this instead.
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil – make into liquid form by just heating slightly to melt.
- Half to 1 teaspoon of raw honey.
If you need a larger amount of sunburn treatment, double or treble the ingredients accordingly.
How to apply:
Carefully rub the Aloe Vera over the affected area and allow to dry for a minute or two. Next step is to do the same with the coconut oil. Finally, apply the honey to the worst of the affected area. Depending on where the sunburn occurs, cover with an old clean cloth or tee shirt and leave until the morning when you can wash off any stickiness with a warm wash cloth.
If necessary, repeat the next evening and continue the process until all is well.
The sun can be dangerous if you suffer from sunburn
But it is sunburn and not sunlight that causes the damage. For several decades, both the media and health care professionals have warned us all of how dangerous and damaging the sun is. They have made such a good job of it that we now have many Western populations who are seriously vitamin D deficient. You have been told that the sun will cause wrinkles
and age you prematurely and, of course, greatly accelerate your risk of cancer.
However the opposite can be true as many people find that once they get their vitamin D levels up to an optimum level, they are less susceptible to the sun.
We need our vitamin D to be at optimum levels
Vitamin D is not a vitamin at all but a “feel good hormone” that is probably the single most important factor in human health and unfortunately, much of the world’s population is deficient in this vital vitamin. Every tissue in our bodies needs vitamin D and will not work correctly if we do not get enough. You can find out more about how testing for vitamin D deficiency and how to increase and maintain your optimum levels here
While in its most extreme forms, vitamin D deficiency produces rickets in children and osteomalaccia (bone softening) in adults, milder degrees of deficiency are now understood to be one of the causes of a vast array of chronic diseases, including osteoporosis, impaired immune competence, various autoimmune diseases (such as diabetes and multiple sclerosis), several cancers including breast, colon, lung, lymphoma and prostate, high blood pressure, pregnancy complications and cardiovascular disease. All of these may develop because of, or be exacerbated by, vitamin D deficiency.
Staying safe in the sun
Our post here
gives you lots of ideas on how to stay safe in the sun.
But if you need to stay in the sun after your have received your daily dose of sunlight, take a look at natural sun screens and natural substances for sun protection. Here
are some suggestions including a recipe for your own natural sunscreen you can make at home.