HERBAL REMEDIES FOR SUMMER'S AILMENTS - SUNBURNS
# 1.NATURAL SUNSCREEN
Here’s a great sunscreenthat doesn’t use harsh chemicals:
3 tbsp. grated beeswax
3 tbsp shea butter
4 tbsp coconut oil
3 tbsp. aloe vera gel
3 tbsp. herbal tea (lavender or calendula isbest)
1/2 tsp. borax powder
Take beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil and melt it in a double boiler. (Do not boil). Now warm the aloe veragel, tea and borax powder in a separate pan until the powder is mixed well with the other 2 ingredients. Mix it with the melted oil and butter. Whisk properly until you get a creamy texture. Store it in an airtight jar and keep it refrigerated.
You can refrigerate it forup to a month if you have not used any preservative but if you use 5-6 drops of grapefruit seed extract (natural preservative), itwill last more than a year. You can take it out of the fridge 10-15 minutes before applying.
# Cucumber Aloe Body Mask :
This is one of Great waysto soothe a sunburn – it’s quick, easy, and evensmells nice !
2 cups chopped, peeled cucumber (those big lunky ones from the garden are perfect!)
¼ cup aloe vera gel
2 T whole milk yogurt
Combine everything in afood processor, and blend until smooth. Store in the refrigerator,up to a week. Smooth over burned skin, and let sit til warm. Rinse, pat dry.
# Easy Sunburn Soothers :
Choose one of the following sunburn soothers:
• Plain yogurt or sour cream
• Tomato juice
• Witch hazel
• Aloe vera gel
• Chamomile tea
• Apple cider vinegar (1 tablespoon diluted in 1 cup water
# Soothing Herbal Bath :
■¼ cup each dried calendula, plantain, peppermint and green tea
■1 quart boiling water
■½ cup witch hazel extract
■1 to 2 drops lavender essential oil
■½ cup baking soda
■½ cup aloe gel or juice
■2 tablespoons honey
Place herbs in a large pot and cover with boiling water. Steep 20 to 30 minutes, strain and discard the herbs. Set liquid aside.
Fill bathtub with tepid water. Add herbal liquid to the bath along with the remaining ingredients. Soak for at least 20 minutes. Gently pat yourself dry. Repeat as needed.