I went with one of my besties to the farmer’s market this Saturday, and shame on me, did not go prepared with sunscreen. We were having so much fun, leisurely walking around without the kids, gabbing away, that I thought I’d be okay. The temperature rose to 78 degrees and it was bright and sunny! I had a tank maxi dress on, and this fair-skinned, freckled girl got fried. Yep, my shoulders turned a nice shade of hot pink! I can hear my mom scolding me now…
Oh Apple Cider Vinegar, How I Love Thee!
So, in order to ward off any blistering and peeling, as I could tell it was going to be bad, I thought I’d try some good ole apple cider vinegar (ACV), aloe and lavender oil. Those of you who’ve been around here for a while know how much I love ACV – it was one of the very first things I wrote about and continues to be one of the most popular posts on the blog two years later! I’ve also written about how I use it on me and my kids when we get any kind of insect bite – it really helps to stop the itching. And of course, how I use it as a conditioner for my hair as part of the no-poo method!
Naturally, I turned back to it for help and it delivered. I’ve sprayed this on my sunburn about four times in one day and had no blistering. It even took away the pain!
Now, I just threw this together in a glass spray bottle and didn’t measure, but it’s about…
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- 1 tablespoon raw, organic apple cider vinegar (where to buy)
- 3 tablespoons water
- Optional – 1 tablespoon organic aloe vera gel (not jelly, but the liquid gel) (where to buy)
- 5-10 drops of lavender essential oil or frankincense, or a combo of anything with frankinsence as it reduces spots and sun damage. Other oils that would work well include carrot and rosemary, or peppermint as all are soothing to the skin and speed up healing. (where to buy high quality essential oils).
- glass spray bottle where to buy
Just spray on as often as you need to help ward off peeling, blistering and to soothe itching and burning. Once again, nature saves the day!
- If you find this is too strong for your kids (essential oils and apple cider vinegar can sting on open cuts or wounds), then reduce the amount of either or just add more water until it is diluted to your liking.
- Keep away from the eyes and any open wounds or cuts as it will burn (I just hold my hand over my kids’ eyes and it does the trick).
- Make sure you start with a clean glass bottle – best way is to boil it on the stove for a few minutes, but soap and hot water will work, too.
- It’s very safe and can be used as many times as you need it.
- Don’t worry, you won’t smell like a walking pickle jar! That’s the great thing about ACV – the smell is gone once it dries!
- The aloe is optional, just a booster to make it even better. Other ideas include vitamin e oil, jojoba oil, and even olive oil.
- Lavender oil is great for healing skin wounds, and carrot and rosemary are known for being great for dandruff and psoriasis so they’d work well in this case as well.
It’s now been a week and I never did have any peeling, itching, blistering or anything. I was certain all of that was coming because I’ve been burned like that before, but it looks like the power of God’s nature came in and kapowed it’s butt!