Straight to the point…it is sunburn season. Sunburns hurt. I’ll avoid going over the obvious stuff about prevention. We all pretty much have the anti-sunburn stuff figured out. What we aren’t real good at is, actually putting that knowledge to good use. In other words, as smart as we are about sunburns, we still get them. Now that you are fried to a crisp, you need relief. Try this sunburn relief recipe. You will be glad you did.
2 oz (travel size) 100% Aloe Vera Gel, 6 oz pure Glycerin (pharmacy in first aid section),1 cup chopped Broad or Narrow Leafed Plantain (found outside, probably in your yard), 3 cups water, 1 atomizing spray bottle (I used an empty body spray bottle, washed.
Boil the chopped Plantain in the water until the plantain is soft. Strain and filter (with a coffee filter) into a large seal-able container.
(Eat the cooked plantain with a bit of salt and pepper and a splash of vinegar.) Add the Aloe and Glycerin to the Plantain “tea” and mix well with a whisk. Let the mixture cool to room temperature. Refrigerate to speed the cooling up. Fill your atomizer spray bottle. Save the rest in the refrigerator. Spray liberally to burned area for quick and long lasting relief.
Aloe Vera speeds wound healing by improving blood circulation through the area and preventing cell death around a burn. By improving the blood circulation around the burn, the burn is supplied with nutrients to help it heal. Aloe also has cooling properties.
Glycerin is one of the best moisturizers known. It is a natural by-product of soap manufacturing. Manufactures remove the Glycerin from the lesser expensive soap products and use it in more expensive moisturizing creams and lotions. Glycerin has the ability to draw moisture from the surrounding air allowing your body to absorb the moisture to keep the burn from drying out. By pulling a new supply of moisture to the burn, the continual evaporation cools the burn.
Plantain is a fantastic healing herb. It is anti-bacterial as well as being anti-inflammatory. Plantain is one of the healthiest near perfect plants created by God. Take some time to study it. Use it inside and outside your body.
The evaporating water cools the burn.
This remedy isn’t a time saver. Buying an OTC spray is faster. It doesn’t save much money either. The Glycerin cost about $4.00 and the Aloe about a $1.00, so not expensive, but not free either. So why go through the effort. Because when your skin is fried, you care about one thing, relief. This stuff works…period. It works fast and it last.
It is Sunburn season so take some of the suffering out of getting fried. Give the recipe a try.
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