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Pinterest Worthy Travel Tricks: Instant Sunburn Relief

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Sunburns. They are all something we experience at least once in a lifetime. Fun in the sun usually translates to forgetting about sunscreen.

While on a cruise, I was desperate for relief after getting a nasty burn. The aloe and pain relief meds just weren’t working. So, a friend suggested an easy and natural remedy – Earl Grey Tea. Please note that you should not use this in replace of sunscreen! Prevention is the best and far less damaging to your skin. Even better, tea is often a free hotel staple along with those packets of ground coffee. So, you can do this on the road or at home.

Try this little trick the next time you get a sunburn!

You will Need:

6 Earl Grey Teabags
1 Large/Medium Mixing Bowl
4 Cups of Water
1 Clean hand-towel or rag you don’t mind discoloring

Brew: Place the teabags in a pot with the water and bring to it to a gentle simmer on the stove. Or, place the teabags in your coffee maker (plop them in the same area you put your coffee and filters) and run the water through the cycle just like you are making coffee.

Transfer: Pour tea, along with the teabags, into a mixing bowl and let it steep and cool for at least 15 minutes.

-Soak: The towel in the brew for 2 or 3 minutes.

Apply: The towel directly to sunburned area after you wring out excess tea/water. Leave it on the skin for 20-30 minutes and enjoy the pain slowly fading away.

The key is to soak the skin with Earl Grey tea ASAP, but within 5-7 hours of the burn. Don’t use any other creams or aloe as it will put a barrier between the tea and the skin.

I have also heard black tea works well, but we have not personally tried it yet. If you are feeling even more adventurous, white vinegar also provides a relief, but the smell can be overpowering. The tea worked better for me thanks to the tannins.

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19 Comments

  1. DD says

    I have actually heard of this. My grandma used to have all these remedies.

  2. Nikki says

    What a great idea I am always so frightened about what is in those sun burn reliefs. I love home remedies.

  3. BusyBee says

    Great idea. I have tried chamomile tea but now that I know it’s the tannins I will try Earl Grey!

  4. MK says

    I’m a big fan of using aloe when it comes to sunburn relief!

  5. Jenen says

    I am wildly impressed by this. Guessing it’s whatever is in the Earl grey? Bergamoff or whatever it’s called?

    1. Snoman says

      Black tea and natural oils are all that’s in earl grey tea its black tea with a little bit more ingredients ol

  6. Jenen says

    @MK. If you can get the natural plant aloe vera, man that works SO well.

  7. Pamela says

    This is such a smart idea, wouldn’t have thought of it!

  8. Allie says

    Home remedies are the best, usually there’s a cure or fix for anything.

  9. Janelle says

    I’ve heard that vinegar will relieve the burn also.

  10. DD says

    Vinegar and water is a good combo. Douche it up!

  11. Jocelyn says

    Once again – thank you for the awesome tips! I’ll definitely be saving them for the future!

  12. Robyn says

    What great tips! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Karen says

    This is just one more reason I love tea! Thanks for the helpful trick!

  14. Pamela says

    This does sound as though it would be very soothing and nice!

  15. Diane says

    As a large family of Beach bums born on the Ocean.

    #1 We keep our aloe in the fridge. ( a cooler works nice too.)
    #2 A ziplock bag with a washcloth wet with white vinegar ( We usually end up giving these away to help a burned tourist).
    #3 If a family member gets burned-Well, they should know better. Add enough Hot Water in the bathtub to cover the burn ( laying down), toss in a handful of Tea Bags ( we ALWAYS have Tea). While the water is cooling down, Give them 2 Tylenol, Then toss THIER stupid ass in the tub!
    #4 Even though it’s cool to show your kids a cool looking sea creature that washed up on the Beach, NEVER assume it’s dead! That especially goes for Jellyfish/Portuguese man o war, DONT touch it just to see how it feels and follow the strings of stingers with your eyes, make sure not to touch or step on one. You WILL still get stung!

    HAVE A HAPPY BEACH DAY

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