Tuesday, January 15, 2008

How to Make a Chamomile Compress for Sunburn


Chamomile has been used in herbal remedies for thousands of years. During the middle ages it was even used as part of a love potion. Today chamomile is used in many forms to treat various ailments including insomnia, menstrual cramps, arthritis and skin inflammations. Its ability to sooth skin inflammation is why a chamomile compress is so soothing for sunburn and it's quite easy to make.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You'll Need

  • Bowl of ice water
  • Wash cloth
  • Chamomile essential oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Sprig of rosemary



Step One

Fill a small sized bowl with ice water.

Step Two

Add 3 drops of chamomile essential oil to the bowl of ice water. Enjoy the soothing aromas while making your chamomile compress for sunburn.

Step Three

Put in 2 drops of lavender essential oil to the bowl of ice water. The lavender works with chamomile to sooth the skin and has a terrific, calming scent.

Step Four

Drop a sprig of rosemary into the bowl. Rosemary helps to produce a cooling affect.

Step Five

Dip a washcloth into your mixture and squeeze out the excess water.

Step Six

Place the chamomile compress on your sunburn as often as needed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Smoothing aloe to the affected area after you have applied the chamomile compress to your sunburn will help to reduce swelling as well as prevent peeling.
  • Some people can have an allergic reaction to chamomile including potentially life threatening anaphylaxis.
  • Although chamomile has been used in herbal remedies for many years there is not enough reliable medical research to support claims that this herb is effective for any medical condition.

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