Natural Remedies for Sunburn and Benefits of Sun Rays
Life on earth is unimaginable without the sun. Natural light is crucial for our health and well-being. The sunlight helps to regulate the natural rhythms of our body and not getting enough of it can impact our health in surprising ways.
You might have heard that excessive exposure to sunlight can harm your skin, but do you know that exposure to the sun's warm rays at a specific time and in a consistent manner can be quite beneficial? It can heal numerous skin diseases and can also help to uplift your mood. Exposure to sun rays also called sunbath therapy has been in use from ancient times due to its disease-fighting properties.
Lets have a look at Remedies which will help you if you had too much sun.
According to Ayurveda, burns and inflammation represent imbalances in the pitta (fire) dosha. In order to restore balance, Ayurveda treats with opposites; the qualities that balance the heat of pitta are cool.
- Ghee whiz! Spread some ghee on the affected area. Ghee, which is clarified butter, has a cooling and moisturizing effect. It helps with all kinds of burns by bringing down the pain level as well as aiding in skin repair.
- Aloe! Keep an aloe vera plant in your home or office; break off a leaf and squeeze the gel on the affected area five to eight times a day.
- Paste it up. Make a paste of turmeric, sandalwood, and cool coconut water, and rub it on the sunburn. Turmeric has natural anti-inflammatory properties. You can also try a mixture of coconut oil and raw honey to cool and moisten the skin and ease the pain.
- Roses for the red. Fill a spray bottle with rosewater and keep it in the fridge. Use it throughout the day to spritz your skin. Rose oil is also refreshing and hydrating—apply it to your face or put a few drops in a cool bath.
- Eat sweet. Choose cooling, sweet foods like fresh, seasonal fruits; cucumbers; cilantro; and fresh, raw salads. Avoid hot, spicy, and pungent foods; alcohol; and caffeine.
- Stay cool. When you're running particularly hot, avoid physical activity that will bring up your body temperature; stay out of the sun; and wear breathable, loose-fitting clothes. It’s important to balance the body and bring it back to homeostasis. Remember, in Ayurveda, like increases like. Rather than stoking the fire, cool it down!
The Science Behind Sunbath Therapy:
Sunbath therapy is a natural way of healing different health problems. Sunlight helps to regulate melatonin production in the body, which is necessary to maintain the circadian rhythms of the body. Melatonin is an essential hormone released by the pineal gland of our brain. This hormone regulates our sleep-wake cycle. The production of melatonin is affected by the intensity of sunlight. It increases during the night and falls during the daytime.
Sunbathing therapy helps to keep the hormonal level in check and keeps disorders at bay. Moreover, it has been found that decrease in exposure to sunlight may develop physical and psychological disorders. Exposure to the sun does not mean burning your skin. You just have to expose yourself to sun rays in a healthy way. Depriving yourself of healthy exposure may also cause the deficiency of vitamin D in the body.
Health Benefits of Sunrays:
Sunbathing helps to improve the blood circulation in the body and eliminates toxins from the body. It is also necessary for the absorption of calcium by the bones. Research also suggests that UVB rays promote the synthesis of vitamin D3 in the human body, which is crucial to increase in blood pressure. Even babies are exposed to sunlight for strong bones and teeth.
Sunrays have unique healing power and are even beneficial to treat skin disorders, such as psoriasis, acne, and eczema. The light of the sun penetrates deep into the skin to cleanse the blood vessels.
Methods of Taking a Sunbath:
The first thing to be kept in mind is that you should not take a sunbath in very strong sunlight. Moreover, as soon as you start to sweat, you should stop and move away from the rays of the Sun.
To take a sunbath, first cover your head with a wet towel. You should be in your underwear or should wear light cotton clothes to let your skin absorb the sunlight in a better way. Either lie down or sit somewhere in the sun and relax for a while. Once you start sweating, move from the Sun and bathe in cold water.
In summer, the duration should be 10-15 minutes and in winters, it should be 20-30 minutes. But one should avoid taking a sunbath in a windy place.
Early in the morning or later afternoon as the sun rays are not too harsh.
Article written by Jana - Naturopath at Santos Organics