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Sunburn Relief Remedies – Over 50 Soothing Treatments

This is a large collection of home remedies I’ve compiled to help with sunburn relief, there are over 50 soothing treatments to review so there should be something in this list that you have on hand to help.

There are no quick & easy cures when it comes to healing damaged skin and the time it takes your body to recover is relative to how bad the burn is. For an average low to medium grade sunburn, a couple days of regular, soothing treatment should see pain dissipate to a tolerable level (meaning not painful unless touched with some pressure).

What To Watch For: At the bottom of this post you’ll find some information about determining if and when medical attention is needed as well as blister care and signs of infection (yes, this can happen).

Master List of Remedies

Vinegar: Can use white household vinegar or apple cider vinegar

Tea: The tannic acid from tea is soothing for burns


Aloe Vera:


Baking Soda:

Essential Oils: Caution when using on children. Keep out of eyes and mouth.




Egg Whites:

Witch Hazel:



More Pantry Fixins:

For Comfort/Ease Pain

Water & Ice:


More Bath Soaks:

Cooling Spray Infusions – Sunburn Teas

Lettuce: Quarter the head of lettuce and boil (moderate) in a pot of water for 10 minutes. Turn off heat, cover pot and allow to steep. Strain water and chill. Spritz lettuce water directly on area. Can also chill cooked leaves and apply directly.

Cabbage: Same procedure as Lettuce.

Mint: Handful of fresh mint and proceed as above.

Plantain: Handful of fresh mint and proceed as above.

Strawberry Leaves: Save strawberry leaves and trimmings until you have a generous handful. Boil in 2 cups of water and proceed as above.

Commercial Products

Medical Issues

Blisters: If blisters are present, don’t open or burst them. This will help avoid infection as well as speed the healing process, a blister is the body’s way of protecting and healing the damaged skin. Keep the blisters uncovered if possible.

The vinegar & honey remedies as well as antibacterial products are preferable when blisters are involved since they are antibacterial, helps prevent infection.

Some Signs of Infection: Swelling, painful, fever, swollen glands

For Pain: Aspirin or ibuprofen or acetaminophen as directed.

When To See A Doctor:

During this time of healing, keep yourself well hydrated by drinking lots of water and don’t be shy about taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen to help dull the pain if required (only as directed on the box). This will be a welcome relief if the pain is preventing you from sleep or resting well.

Keep yourself rested and cool and if you must be out in the sun, keep skin covered with light, loose clothing until you are fully healed (cotton garments and scarves are ideal since they are lightweight and the natural fibers allow your body to breathe without trapping in sweat and heat). Avoid rough fibers/weaves that will irritate the skin.

These are simply suggestions and a collection of home remedies and treatments I’ve organized from my notes and not professional medical advice. Please seek a doctor’s opinion when unsure or to confirm appropriate care.