Homeopathic Medicines for Sunburns

Few things can put a damper on a beautiful summer day the way a sunburn does. Most of us have had the unpleasant experience of a sunburn so here are some tips and homeopathic medicines to help soothe and heal those burns!


Sunburns occur when the skin is is exposed to the sun’s UV rays for too long resulting in a red and painful burn. There may be itching and skin peeling. It is important to drink water to avoid dehydration, and to cool the skin with a cool, damp towel or cool compress. For all these medicines below 30C potency should work well and they’re easily accessible at most health food and grocery stores. If you find a higher potency like 200C take it less frequently than directed below.


Aloe Vera gel


Aloe vera gel is outstanding for soothing a painful sunburn. It cools the skin and soothes the burn. If you have an Aloe plant at home use the insides of the leaves on your skin. If you want to purchase an Aloe gel it is best to find a very high quality gel, be sure that it isn’t full of dyes or fillers so read the ingredients.




Cantharis is one of the top Homeopathic medicines for sunburns and burns in general. According to Nash’s Therapeutics Constantine Hering used to challenge skeptics to burn their fingers, and then cure them by dipping the fingers into water medicated with Cantharis. So great was his faith in it. (I wouldn’t recommend this but it’s a funny anecdote).

Cantharis is used when there is intense burning and scalding pains. It is also used especially in sunburns that blister. There is a great relief from cool applications. You can take 2 pellets of Cantharis 30C every 30 minutes during the burn or put the pellets in water and apply it to the skin




Great medicine for standard sunburn with no blistering. The skin will be very red and very hot to the touch, there will also be a sensitivity to touch. Take 2 pellets of Belladonna 30C every 30 minutes or put the pellets in water and sip throughout the day.




Sulphur is useful in sunburns where there is a lot of itching. The skin may be dry and intensely itchy, there may be a strong desire to scratch. The skin may feel worse after bathing or at night.  Take 2 pellets of Sulphur 30C every 30 minutes or put the pellets in water and take sips every 15-20 minutes. .


Hopefully you can avoid getting sunburned this summer but if it does happen you can be prepared with these medicines in your cabinet.

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