Today was a dream. I took the kids to Waterton National Park today with their cousins and we had a blast. We played on the beach, watched the waves, climbed a shale cliff, ate a yummy picnic and collect sea glass (or should I say lake glass). It was awe-some to be surrounded by the artistic hand of the Lord. It did my soul good to dip my feet in the cold water, feel the wave lap at my ankles, and hear the wind weaving through the trees. Having cousins for my kids to play with just made the day even more incredible. I am constantly amazed that I could be so lucky as to live so close to my sisters and brother. Having them around makes every experience richer. It was especially great that school is still in so we had the pick of all the most beautiful spots. If you have never visited Waterton, it is well worth your time, especially if you do it in the off season.
Unfortunately, our dream day threatened to turn into a night mare as all my kids came home with a sun burn. Yes I made them wear hats, and cover up and wear sunblock, but on each of my kids there were parts of their bodies that somehow did not get properly protected. Five hours after coming home my kids started complaining about soreness. I was so grateful to find these following home remedies.
1. Be A Little Witchy-Magic Remedy. You will feel immediately better if you soak your sunburnt area in cool tincture of Witch Hazel. Known for it’s amazing skin healing properties, Witch Hazel is my Sunburn Healer of choice. Heals and Soothes
.2. Linger Longer In a Deluxe Cool Oatmeal Bath. If the burn is all over, simply grind up a cup of oatmeal in a blender and stir it into your bath.
3. Cool Down With Refreshing Mint Spray or Oil Rub. Peppermint is a wonderful way to cool down that hot burn. Make yourself a cup of peppermint tea or stir two drops of peppermint oil into a cup of lukewarm water. Refrigerate the mixture and carefully bathe the burnt area.
4. Be As Cool Cucumber. For extremely painful sunburns, gently rub the area with sliced cucumber or blended potato salve. Both Vegetables contain compounds that are supposed to cool the burn and help reduce swelling.
5. Try some Vinegar. All vinegar contains acetic acid—a pain relieving component. Vinegar can help lessen sunburn pain, itching, and inflammation. Soak a cloth in white vinegar, and apply them to the sunburn. Keep them on until the cloth is dry. Repeat if needed. WARNING: Vinegar stings cuts, this does not go well with kids. A better option for kids is Vinegary bath. The vinegar in a bath does not sting.
7. For Kids a Vinegary Bath Works Great. Add two cups of vinegar to a bath of cool water before you get in.
8. Become a Volcano. Mix vinegar and baking soda together to make a thick paste, and apply it thickly over the sunburned areas. This is a great overnight salve. WARNING: This mixture is so fun for kids to make but it stings any cuts your kids may have-my kids cried when we used it (it didn’t bug me) on them so we just did the Potato paste instead.
9. White Out That Burn With Eggs. Rub raw egg white on your sun burn. Cooling and helps your skin heal from the burn.
10. Aloe Vera Works Wonders. My Aloe Vera plant got lost in our last move, but it was our favorite home remedy. Break off an arm, slice open and rub gently on the burn. So soothing.