Ayurvedic Remedies for Sunburns and Heat Rashes

Find out how to protect your skin in the summertime and treat sunburns and heat rashes with ayurvedic remedies.

May 17, 2013    BY Dakota Sexton

Ah…summertime. No matter what you’ve got going on, we’re sure you’ll spend plenty of time in the sunshine. And no matter where your vacation plans take you, you’ll stash plenty of sunblock in your travel bag, right?

It takes more than just SPF 30 sunblock to keep your skin protected from the elements.

Of course you will. But it takes more than just SPF 30 to keep your skin protected from the elements. In fact, all good intentions aside, most of us have had the experience of indulging a bit too much in the sun and fun department. And, no matter how much we try, we end up with a sunburn or a heat rash.

But this summer we’ve got you covered with all natural tips and ayurvedic remedies you can try at home.

3 Ayurvedic Ways to Treat a Sunburn

Sandalwood and Turmeric

Mix equal amounts of powdered sandalwood and turmeric with a little cool water and apply the paste to the sunburn, says Vasant Lad, founder of the Ayurvedic Institute.

Black Tea

Apply cold, strong, black tea directly to sunburn with soaked cotton pads several times a day, recommends Monica Bharadwaj, author of Beauty Secrets from India.

Aloe Vera Gel or Coconut Oil

Rub your skin with aloe vera gel or coconut oil. Both of these classic ayurvedic remedies are as cooling as they are rejuvenating.

How to Soothe a Heat Rash

Watermelon

Rub the fleshy part of watermelon rind on a heat rash to soothe and help heal the skin, says doctor of  Traditional Chinese Medicine and ayurvedic practitioner Claudia Welch.

3 Skin Protectors

  1. Avoid essential oils like bergamot, angelica, and lemon verbena. According to ayurvedic practitioner Felicia Tomasko, these can increase sun sensitivity.
  2. Drink plenty of green tea. The antioxidants packed into each leaf have skin-protecting benefits.
  3. Don’t forget Vitamin D. It’s essential for your health. Depending on your location, 15 minutes of unprotected exposure to the sun can provide all you need for the day.

Read Light on Vitamin D, 3 Tips for Healthy Summer Skin, or Ayurvedic Skincare Tips for Every Season.

Dakota Sexton
Dakota Sexton is a freelance writer, designer, and the former Web Director of Yoga International magazine. For more of her stories, click here.