Skin Soothers

If you've concerned about sun damage, or find yourself with a sunburn, these remedies can help to heal your skin from sun exposure:


Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a useful plant to have on hand and it does well in a pot, even on a windowsill if you don't have an outdoor spot. If you find yourself with a minor burn or sunburn, simply harvest a leaf of the plant and remove the skin from one side (being cautious with the spikes.) Slather the goo from inside the leaf on your skin every few hours to get relief and aid in healing.


The sweet chamomile flower is a really healing plant for skin damage and burns. To make a chamomile foment, pour one quart of boiling water over 1 cup of dried chamomile flowers. Let steep one hour then strain and cool. Dip a washcloth into this cooled tea and apply to the affected skin. You can also include chamomile tea bags in your first aid kit to have on hand when traveling.

 Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar, diluted in water, can help to cool and soothe sunburns. According to Kami McBride, Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) that has been infused with rose petals is even more effective. You can steep 1/2 cup of fresh rose petals in 1 cup of ACV and leave in a cool, dark place for a month before straining the roses out. Pour the rose vinegar into a spray bottle to have on hand for misting sunburns and agitated skin.


Calendula flowers are soothing to minor burns and inflammation, speed tissue repair, and help the itching that can accompany peeling skin. When first recovering from a sunburn it’s best not to use an oil based remedy. But once you have cooled your skin with one of the methods above, using a calendula based salve or infused oil can help your skin to heal more quickly. Calendula is also an easy to grow plant and the more you harvest the flowers, the more they will bloom!