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Primitive Sun Block Methods | Natural Remedies
Looking for natural remedies from the sun’s harmful rays? Get the answers as you continue to read this post.
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Natural Sunblock Methods
Did you know that you can get burned even when it is cloudy or snowing? The sun’s UV rays are constantly on the prowl for the skin to damage.
While the best sunburn prevention method is to remove yourself from the sun, it is not always a plausible option. Natives have been getting by for centuries with sunblock methods and free natural remedies.
We’ve gathered a list of natural remedies for you to try, whether you are surviving the wilderness or looking to save a little pocket change.
The Mud Bath
If we take a second and watch nature take its course, we’ll learn a thing or two about primitive survival. Animals, like the elephant, and many tribes have been using this trick for centuries to combat a sunburn.
Mud acts as a physical barrier between your skin and the sun by blocking the sun’s UV rays. When the mud eventually dries out and cracks off, it leaves behind a residue that also blocks UV rays.
Aspen trees are native to cooler regions in the Northern Hemisphere, like around Colorado and Utah. The white powder found on the trunks has an SPF of 5, which can serve as a sunblock.
What is SPF? SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor which is the basis of how long can a sunblock protect you from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
Use your hands to remove the powder from the tree and rub overexposed parts of your skin. Since the SPF is low, this powder will need to be reapplied frequently.
The good news is, you can scrape off the powder and save it to use later.
If you are in a cool region searching for an Aspen tree, look for a tree with a white trunk and little round-ish leaves that seem to sparkle in the wind.
Lycopene, a carotenoid found in tomatoes, is known to protect against sun damage. Cooked tomatoes and tomato products like paste and sauce are more viable to prevent sun damage than raw tomatoes, although both can get the job done.
Add about 3 tablespoons of tomato paste to your daily diet to build up your immunity against future sun damage.
Ironic, right? The sun is the most common source of vitamin D, yet we need more of it to build a tolerance against it.
You can also supplement vitamin D into your diet with pill vitamins, tuna, egg yolks, and oranges.
We figured we would go ahead and knock this baby off our list. The Aloe vera plant is one of the most common natural home remedies as it offers a cool, soothing feeling on the burned skin.
Simply break open a stem to find the gel-like substance and apply to the burn.
This succulent plant can be found in Florida, Arizona, and Texas.
Witch hazel is a shrub or small tree that contains the compound Tannin, which is known to reduce inflammation. Press the oil out of the witch hazel leaves and apply.
This plant grows sporadically throughout North America. Witch hazel can be found in eastern North America, from Nova Scotia west through Minnesota, as well as from South Florida and west through East Texas.
It may also be found around Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri. It can typically be found between the months of January-March and September-November.
This is a common wild plant in North America and can be found along moist and/or shady areas such as creek banks. These weeds tend to grow around five feet tall, with blue-ish green leaves and yellow-orange buds.
Similar to Aloe, you’ll want to use the jelly-like juice from the inside of the stems.
Peppermint is a perennial plant that can grow just about anywhere if it has plenty of moist soil. However, if you are looking for it in the wild, it can be found in the Great Lakes region.
Apply cool peppermint tea to the skin or grind fresh leaves and make a paste to soothe itchy, irritated skin. Freeze the tea in the summertime to make peppermint ice cubes—your burns will love it.
This plant is common in North America and can be found in fields. Look for a light-green weed with small white flowers.
Similar to witch hazel, it also contains Tannins that can relieve skin irritation. Simply create a paste with the leaves to use as an ailment.
This plant probably pops up in your yard when you let it get a tad overgrown, and you didn’t even realize it. They are wind-pollinated, so they grow quite wildly.
The leaves contain an anti-inflammatory compound, perfect for burns.
To soothe your skin, chew up a few leaves and cover the burn for at least 15 minutes.
There are easier and more convenient ways to apply sunscreen. Modern ways have managed to put a substance inside a bottle for easy access. How about when you’re unexpectedly stranded in the middle of nowhere?
A few of these natural methods should be available to protect you from the scorching heat.
Have you tried some of these natural sunscreen methods before? Share your experience with us in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on June 6, 2014, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
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June 10, 2014 at 2:48 AM
Unless my slow dial-up connection messed up, the picture of “plantain” looks suspiciously similar to the one shown for jewelweed … and is not an image of plantain. Otherwise, thanks for the info!
June 29, 2014 at 12:20 AM
Picture for plantain is wrong, picture shown is that of jewel weed. Plantago major is in the form of a basal rosette with flowering parts on long solitary stem from center of rosette.
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