Three natural sunburn remedies

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It’s 90 degrees out and summer is officially here…

And I'm ready to go tubing! But without fail, every year when I go tubing down the Cannon river, I almost always get a little sunburned. It doesn't seem to matter how many times I re-apply sunscreen, there's something about sitting in a tube for four hours on a lazy river under the sun that does it. (Surprise surprise)

So, I figured this was a good time to share with you the natural remedies I commonly use when summer fun results in a painful sunburn.

My favorite ways to soothe sunburn naturally.

HOMEMADE DIY ALOE GEL

Aloe is everyone's favorite - and rightfully so - because of its simplicity and ease.  You can buy aloe gel at just about any pharmacy nowadays, but most brands are full of strange chemicals and preservatives in order to keep them shelf stable.  A more natural (and significantly cheaper) option is to harvest your own aloe gel and keep it in the fridge after you've fried your poor skin.

Make your own DIY aloe gel:

  • Cut off the outermost leaves - these are the oldest and full of soothing gel.

  • Rinse the leaves and carefully peel them using a sharp knife on a clean cutting board. It is easiest to remove the serrated edges first, and then peel off the top and bottom of the leaves.

  • Transfer the gel to a small mason jar. This will keep fresh in the fridge for up to a week.

LAVENDER AND IT'S MANY USES

Lavender might be best known for its relaxing scent, but its real magical power lies in its ability to heal tissue. This was discovered in 1910 by René-Maurice Gattefossé, a French chemist and the grandfather of aromatherapy. While in his lab he badly burned his arm. By reflex, he quickly plunged his arm in the closest vat of liquid, which happened to be lavender essential oil. He was later surprised at how quickly his arm healed - with no scarring!!

I use and love lavender in these three forms when I am suffering from sunburn:

Dried lavender flowers/buds: Bundle and secure the loose buds with cheesecloth and place under the faucet while running a cool (NOT HOT) bath.  Soak in the fragrant and soothing water for 15-20 minutes.

Lavender essential oil: You can apply organic lavender e.o. directly to the skin at sunburn areas. While most essential oils are too volatile to apply directly to the skin, lavender is gentle and healing enough to use directly. (**NOTE: I would not recommend direct application on children under 12. Dilute 10-15 drops in an ounce of carrier oil such as jojoba or almond oil for children, or adults with extremely sensitive skin.)

Lavender hydrosol: This is one of my favorite things to use when my face gets too much sun. Hydrosols are the water soluble byproduct that is produced when essential oils are manufactured by steam distillation. They are usually found in 4-6 oz spray bottles and sprayed on the face or any part of the body that’s burned. I like to keep mine in the fridge for an extra cooling sensation!

We carry our favorite brand of USDA organic essential oils - Pranarôm - here in the clinic. Stop by pick up a bottle of lavender oil or hydrosol next time you’re in the clinic!

CHINESE HERBAL BURN BALM

Ching Wan Hung balm is made with Chinese herbs that are known for their heat clearing and anti-bacterial properties. It has long been used in China for every type of burn: chemical, steam, radiation, fire, direct contact with hot liquid, and basic sunburn.

On the downside, it has a strangely salty/savory smell, so don't expect a minty refreshing scent just because it contains some menthol. To use, clean the affected area first with soap and water and then apply a generous amount of balm directly to the skin.  Cover with sterile gauze and change dressing daily. (**Note: the balm contains herbs with a natural red color that may stain clothing.)

I hope this post gave you a few more tools in your natural remedy toolbox for when you accidentally get too much sun. Enjoy!

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Is Breathwork for Emotional or Physical Healing?

Recently I went on our Instagram stories to ask our followers what questions they have about breathwork. Here’s one of my favorite questions someone asked:

“What does breathwork tend to address? Is it focused on emotional or physical ailments?”

The simple answer? It addresses both.

The longer answer? Well, if you’ve been to the clinic recently, your practitioner may have recommended that you try out a breathwork private session or group practice. For those of you coming in for acupuncture to support your hormones, regulate your digestion, deal with chronic pain, or a variety of other physical ailments we treat here at the clinic you might be confused as to why we’d recommend a practice that focuses less on the physical body and more on the emotional body.

Here’s the truth as I see it: Our physical and emotional bodies are inextricably tied.

Yes, breathwork is an amazing and empowering practice to reconnect with your emotions. And yes, breathwork can also help heal physical symptoms.

What is Craniosacral Therapy and Who Should Try It?

I had the same question when I first started to hear about this healing modality a few years ago. Is it energy work? Is it a strange head massage? What do they plan to do with my sacrum? Everyone kept telling me, “It’s hard to explain. You’ve just gotta try it.” Curiosity got the better of me and I scheduled my first treatment while I was on yoga teaching vacation in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Shortly before my session, I had found out my maternal grandpa had died and I couldn’t afford to fly home to be with my family. He was the first of all my grandparents to die, so the grief I was experiencing was new. I wasn’t sure if I should be getting any bodywork done while I was feeling so tender and raw, but I was assured this is one of the best things I could have been doing. They were not wrong.

What is Craniosacral Therapy?

All About Ayurvedic Bodywork

I love a good massage. Who doesn’t? A great massage allows for a chance to unwind, reset, and heal. As a practicing massage therapist for the past 14 years, I’ve been working to give my patients what their body and mind craves during each and every bodywork session. And I have to admit, it’s been hard work, both physically and emotionally.

So I was intrigued when one of my Ayurvedic teachers shared with me that, “Many massage practitioners tire themselves out instead of letting the oil do the work.” At first I was confused. Let the oil do the work? What does this mean? Aren’t I the one doing the work? How would the oil know what to do?

Well, my recent study of Ayurvedic bodywork has brought me some answers.

Ayurvedic bodywork is different from a “normal” massage. And a lot of that has to do with the oils being used.