Natural Travel First Aid Kit - Sun Stressors

Previously on the blog, I've shown you how to avoid sunburn - my article 'Summer Skincare' will give you the lowdown on how to avoid being left red-faced (or red anywhere else!) -

If you do get caught out ,however, these are my top tips for sunburn:-

Aloe vera is anti-inflammatory, and the gel can be applied to soothe sunburn. Apply gently with your finger tips until the gel is absorbed.  Aloe vera is also good for prickly heat. This itchy rash causes a prickly sensation on the skin, and is often a problem in hot weather. 

Lavender essential oil can be used for sunburn.  You can apply it neat if the area that needs treating is small, but for larger patches of skin soak a flannel in cold water to which 10-20 drops lavender has been added, and press gently on the affected area.

Camomile is also very soothing.  Brew some camomile tea and allow to cool completely. Apply to the sunburned area with a flannel.  The same remedy can be used for prickly heat.

Witch hazel is also antiflammatory, and can be applied to sunburned skin with a flannel.
These basic tips will keep you safe in the sun:

  • Seek shade if you can between 11am and 3pm 
  • Wear sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat
  • Wear loose, breathable clothing to cover up
  • Apply sun cream every 2 hours or after swimming 
  • Stay hydrated 

Note: Seek medical help immediately if you are showing signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke - these include dizziness, fatigue, nausea, muscle cramps or a rapid pulse. 

Last week we looked at some natural remedies for holiday tummy troubles. 
Please see
'Natural travel first aid kit'-

Janet x

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