Sunburns always seem to take the victim by surprise. It just didn’t seem like it was either hot enough or you were outside long enough to get the sunburn. Fortunately, there is a simple recipe with easy to grow garden flowers to ease the suffering. A thin coat of Aloe Vera gel can be used to help speed healing after the Sunburn Soother has dried on the skin.
- 1 mixing bowl
- 1 spoon
- a resealable container or bag large enough to hold all your herbs
- a label
- Pour the herbs into the mixing bowl and gently stir them with a spoon. Try not to break up the plant parts since this will release the essential oils.
- Pour the mix into a resealable container.
- Label the container with the name of the mix, ingredients and date mixed.
Storage and Use
Sunburn Soother should be stored in an air-tight container or bag away from sunlight.
To use this mixture, bring 2 cups of water in a pot to a boil on the stove. Stir in 1/4 cup Sunburn Soother mix. Cover the pot and turn off the heat. Allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes. Strain out the herbal mixture as you pour the warm tea in a bowl to cool.
Soak a clean rag or cotton swab in the cooled tea and dab the skin. Once the skin is dry and cool, coat the sunburn with a thin layer of Aloe Vera gel to accelerate healing. Repeat this procedure several times daily until your skin is healed.
If the mixture is going to be used only once, fresh herbs may be substituted for dried herbs.
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