Sunburn Relief Tips – Natural Sunburn Relief Spray

Bottle sun relief spray with yellow hibiscus

The painful burn of being in the sun too long. Over exposure in the sun when outdoors is easy to do. Your skin is hot, drying, you feel like a lobster. I know many of us have experienced this over our hot summers. There are good and effective ways to bring relief and healing quickly with items you have in your house!

You want to start treating burns immediately before they blister and peel. Cold water is the fastest way to cool down the burn and this can be used outdoors. Make sure you are drinking lots of water too so you can stay hydrated. Get in the shade away from the sun,  or have a good sun hat to wear so you do not worsen the burn.

Indoors, take a nice cool shower or apply cold towels gently to sun burned areas. Our cool wraps feel great against the burn. You can lightly spritz the area often with cool water. There are other natural remedies, you can make a baking soda paste, and bathe in an oatmeal bath or add vinegar to a bath if you are blistering to help prevent infection.

The easiest and most effective treatment we have found is spritzing the area with our all natural sunburn spray. Relief at last from that painful, burning, aching sunburn.

Bottle Sun Relief Spray

I made this all natural spray after researching and trying many natural remedies. Our family uses this for relief when we have a bit too much fun in the sun! It will moisturize your skin while speeding healing and helping to prevent blistering and peeling.

Skin nourishing, renewing and healing combination of oils for spraying onto skin. This feels much better than rubbing a lotion on a painful burn. Can use all over body. Keep out of eyes.

This Sunburn Relief Spray is mixed fresh when you order it. Keep some on hand for those long summer days when you know there will be sunburns. For a strong cooling effect and even more relief, you may store in the fridge. Oils are okay to leave out, but cooling brings even more relief.

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Ingredients: Aloe Vera Gel, Witch Hazel, Raw Hemp Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Natural E, Lavender & Peppermint Essential Oils

Natural Oils for Sun Relief Spray

Aloe Vera Gel
Excellent for itching, dry skin, psoriasis, burns, sunburns, and more. It soothes the skin and reduces inflammation and irritation, making the skin smooth and supple. Aloe Vera gel has been used for thousands of years and is one of the most commonly used natural substances for skin healing.

Coconut Oil – Fractionated
An excellent skin moisturizer and softener. It is easily absorbed in the skin. Coconut oil has many healing properties, and it is very good for the skin. It is one of nature’s richest sources of fatty acids. It is an antimicrobial, antibacterial & antioxidant. It creates a protective barrier on the skin and has lasting benefits. Fractionated coconut oil is excellent in massage oils. It is expleer pressed and then hydrogenated to produce the fractional component of the coconut oil. We use a natural fractionated oil with no traces of hexane.

Raw Hemp Oil
It is so good for your skin. Hydrating, it prevents moisture loss. It is rich in Omega 6 & Omega 3 essential fatty acids. These healing enzymes are absorbed directly into the skin. Hemp oil has carotene, phytosterols & phospholipids & many minerals including: calcium, sulfur, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium & chlorophyll. It feels smooth and has little natural scent. We use raw, unrefined oil for the most benefits.

Witch Hazel
An extract from the leaves and bark of a North American shrub. Excellent for skin, it is an anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, astringent, moisturizer. It is often used to treat sunburns to prevent peeling, blistering and flaking. Helps heal rashes, cuts, burns, poison ivy, bug bites and more.

Natural E
An excellent antioxidant. E is a natural healer. We use natural E, tocopherols instead of tocopherols acetate, to better penetrate skin. Acetate is lab produced and does not have all the benefits of natural E. E is a natural preservative. We have found that applying straight E directly to small scars or sores on skin will heal within a matter of days. Antioxidants protect skin cells from ultra violet light, pollution, drugs & cell damaging free radicals.

Lavender EO
We use the Lavender from Spain in this relief spray. We love it for the wonderfully relaxing, aromatic scent, calming nature. It helps heal inflammations, wounds, burns, and sunburns rapidly with it’s anti-microbial and anti-septic qualities. Very good for skin and mental fatigue.

Peppermint EO
We use the peppermint from Japan. It is known for its very high menthol content. It has numerous minerals and nutrients like manganese, iron, magnesium, calcium, folate, potassium and copper, omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. It relieves skin irritation and itchiness, helps to reduce skin redness, where inflammation is present. Good for dermatitis, acne, sunburn.
Strong, invigorating, minty, cooling. Aahhh!

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These 4 oz bottles of sunburn relief spray are available on our website and Etsy.

Bottle of our natural sun relief spray

For the Birds: Easy to Make Scrumptious Suet Recipe

I have been making suet for the birds for years. It is very easy to make and the birds absolutely love it. I tested my handmade suet against store bought brands and the birds ate all of mine and hardly touched the store bought, so it has won the taste test!!

You can easily adjust the recipe to fit your own ingredients and supplies you have at home.  Feel free to substitute and use up extra ingredients you have. It was hard for me to measure and figure out amounts of ingredients I use because I add by sight and feel!!

This makes a full cake pan, which I cut into 6 large blocks. Ingredient measurements do not have to be exact. It is a forgiving recipe.

Easy to Make Scrumptious Suet

2 lbs Lard ( I buy the 4 lb buckets and use half in a batch)

1/2 cup Oats ( optional) I use regular oats, minute is fine

1 cup+ Cornmeal

1/2 Cup Peanut Butter (creamy or crunchy)

1 1/2 Cups+ Wild Bird Seed ( or scratch) ( I put seed in Christmas Tins for easy measuring)

1 1/2 Cups+ Sunflower Seeds ( Black oil is best, in shell is fine or sunflower nuts)

1 – 2 cups Dried Fruit, Trail Mix or Nuts 1 – 7 oz pkg is approximately 2 cups ( I use up slightly older (but still fresh) and extra items that we aren’t eating, but I have bought just for suet. Dollar Stores and Dollar Tree have reasonably priced dried fruit and nuts)

1. In a large pan, melt lard and peanut butter in pan over low heat, stirring occasionally. While lard is melting gather and prepare a cake pan lined with waxed paper or tin foil. ( I recycle the wax insert bags that dry cereal like cornflakes come in. Rinse them off, air dry and store. They work perfectly in the cake pans, and they are much stronger than regular wax paper)

2. Add cornmeal to melted suet and peanut butter mixture. Stir until cornmeal is absorbed.

3. Turn off heat. Add oats.

4. Add wild bird seed and sunflower seeds/nuts to mixture. Stir to feel texture. You may add more seed and sunflowers if needed. You want it fairly thick.

5. Add fruit and nuts. Stir

6. Carefully pour suet into lined cake pan. Use a large spoon to gently distribute the ingredients evenly. Sunflowers in hulls tend to sit on top. This is okay.

7. Wait for suet to cool and set up. We love setting ours outside in the cold on the back deck and covering with an old screen and weighting with a few rocks to keep critters out. If you have room, you can pop it in your freezer for a bit.

8. Once it has set up, I usually wait a few hours, then cut into squares. I use a butter knife to carefully cut through the suet. It is easy to cut if it isn’t frozen solid!!

9. Remove suet from pan and store in fridge or freezer or a very cool location like a garage or cellar, or secured place outdoors. I put 3-4 squares in a gallon size Ziploc freezer baggie for storage and lay flat. I use disposable latex gloves to handle the suet, your hands will get very greasy and slippery if you do not use gloves!!

It is easy to remove the suet squares, pull up on the corners of the wax paper and it lifts up so you can get your fingers under the corner square and carefully pull out of pan.

We have small wire cages we hang with suet and we have several different suet feeders that I made from small logs we cut from tree limbs. I will give instructions in another post. I like to stuff the extra pieces of suet into the logs, woodpeckers especially love eating from these.

We like to use this suet recipe in spring, fall and winter but not in summer. Suet will melt down in heat. This is nutritious for the birds and keeps them alive during brutal winter days. We really enjoy watching the woodpeckers, titmouse, chickadees, cardinals, blue jays, and others who come to feast at the feeders.