Natural Sunburn Remedies Laurel MS
Olive Branch, MS
By Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa
Sunburns happen—often despite your best efforts—quickly followed by worry about the aftermath of the sun’s scorching rays on your skin. We all know what sun can do, like cause premature aging, even skin cancer. But, as she so often does, Nature offers a remedy: sea buckthorn.
Known scientifically as Hippophae rhamnoides, this maritime plant helps sunburned, damaged skin regain its glowing, healthy texture. In its untamed form, sea buckthorn grows as a 12-foot-high bush on the beaches of North America, China, and Europe. Oil from the seed and fruit pulp—the plant’s active ingredient—has a long history as a food and medicine. The oil contains 80 to 95 percent fatty acids, including ample oleic and linolenic acids. But thank the rare palmitoleic acid (an omega-7 and a natural component of skin) for sea buckthorn’s restorative effect on burns.
The nutrient-packed oil contains other goodies as well, such as the potent antioxidant proanthocyanidin, an abundance of vitamin C (16 times more than kiwi fruit), plentiful carotenes, and vitamin E.
When it comes to counteracting the damaging effects of sunshine, sea buckthorn packs a double punch. The oil blocks UV rays—making it effective as sunburn prevention—and also aids tissue repair after sun exposure.
A significant body of research speaks to the effectiveness of sea buckthorn oil, both as a tissue healer and as an analgesic treatment for burns. A Chinese study of 32 people with burns found that applying the oil for seven days hastened the healing in every case. Chinese researchers from a 2006 controlled study of 151 burn patients found that topical oil reduced swelling, weeping, redness, and pain significantly and accelerated the healing time.
The oil’s flavonoid content also gets kudos. Robert C. Kinsey of Okanagan Sea Buckthorn, a Canadian producer, recommends trying sea buckthorn cream as an alternative to other sunburn treatments, as well as a tool to treat wounds, acne, eczema, and even dry skin.
To treat sunburned or damaged skin, apply the cream generously three times a day.
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