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Leah Sattler
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does anyone have recomendations for sunburns? I'm such an idiot. didn't bring my sunscreen and wore a tank top to the old house to work on it on friday. my neck and shoulders got roasted.  it is still irritating to have a shirt on but most of the heat is gone.
 
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I'm not sure if you have them in Oklahoma, but I have houseleeks here, aka "hens and chicks." The gooey insides of these succulents works similarly to aloe vera.

Calendula baby cremes are amazing, too. Weleda brand makes a fabulous version. My "babies" are 14 and 21, yet I still like to have this creme around. I have another favorite healing creme made here in WA state called Arbordouns, made out of beeswax, calendula, olive oil, lavendar. It's awesome.

Some people do a cool vinegar bath, too, though the vinegar can sting if the burn is more than a mild one.

Drink lots of water! The more water in your system, the quicker your skin can rehydrate and heal itself!

Maybe one of these can help a bit...sometimes you know this stuff, but when you're in pain the brain cells can't retrieve even the simplest things...

Speedy recovery, Leah!
 
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Sorry to hear you are burned. Ouch!
 
              
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Comfrey is said to help.

Aside from Aloe Vera, comfrey is also an effective herb for sunburn. Comfrey has allantoin, a natural active ingredient that stimulates skin cell regeneration. Comfrey juices and lotions are widely available these days. You can apply them directly on the skin for best effects. If you can't find any comfrey creams in the market, you can simply get some leaves and stems from a comfrey plant and extract the juice yourself.


 
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Aloe!

Doesn't every house have aloe as a houseplant now?  Just break a bit off and squeeze out the innards!

 
Dave Boehnlein
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I agree that aloe is one of the best.

Most people have Aloe vera, however, Horizon Herbs sells seeds for Aloe ferox, which is supposed to be the best species for it's medicinal properties. I got some to germinate last year, but lost them to neglect in the greenhouse.

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Aloe.  Cut the leaf open, wipe it all over, gooey side down. 

Also, a cool shower will help.  So does ice-try it in a ziplock bag.  A damp towel can help cool you down.  Cooling is important, the heat energy must be removed-thats the cause of the burn.  The blood vessels are expanded, offering heat from the inside which also needs to be removed.

Cool down first, then use the aloe.  Stay in the shade, wear soft, loose, breathable clothing such as cotton.  If you go outside, keep the sun off your burn by wearing dark clothing.  Some will tell you white, but it lets the sun in.  Some say don't wear dark, it takes on heat, that's why it has to be breathable material.

 
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Some people like to add oatmeal to their bathwater after sunburn. Herbs might go along with...chamomile, maybe?

I might also recommend nurturing your immune system for a little while after the inflammation subsides. There will be a few clumps of mutant cells in your skin, and chances are very good that your immune system will take care of each and every one, but improving those chances won't hurt. Similar to a cold or flu, the body's own efforts at maintaining itself are the best thing available.
 
Al Loria
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Aloe always worked well for us. 

A little off topic, but are there any herbs or botanicals with a decent SPF factor?
 
John Rushton
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An old recipe for even the most serious burns:  equal parts wheat germ oil and honey, combined with comfrey root powder mixed to the desired consistency.  Watch out, it's very easy to make it too thick!

On that note, almost any botanical oil will be healing to the skin, whether olive or coconut or shea butter or cocoa butter, or what have you.

Oh, and lavender essential oil!  As the story goes, a famous pioneer in essential oil usage burned his hand badly making oils one day.  In a panic, he plunged his arm into the nearest vat of cool liquid, which happened to be lavender essential oil, and was totally healed.
 
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Cocoa butter is a powerful drug! But subtle.

It contains an endocannabinoid breakdown inhibitor. Endocanabinoids play an important role in coordinating the body's responses to food, pain, and information. Inhibiting the breakdown of these substances allows them to continue working in the body for longer than normal, and so subtly magnifies their effect.

Most people experience the effects of chocolate as enhancing and prolonging the satisfaction they get from eating well, but it's also common for people to use it in conjunction with exercise, to prolong the "runner's high".

I have a strong suspicion that it allows some of the body's signals regarding healing to stay more active, for longer, in association with its effect on pain. It's widely used to decrease the severity of scars, for example. It makes sense to try it on sunburn.
 
Ray McIntyre
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A mixture of olive oil & vinegar, 1:1, find a cotton cloth and have a friend / family member gently rub it over the burn.
 
travis laduke
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I read drinking a bunch of carrot juice will make your skin more sun resistance. I don't know if it helps after the fact...
 
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