Soothing After-Sun Aloe Spray

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There are benefits to being a redhead.

Reaction to sun exposure is not one of them. Oh, it’s ugly. Too much sun, and I’m as red as a boiled lobster and just about as happy. If you find yourself with that kind of nasty sunburn, turn to a natural skin soother that may already be growing in a plant pot in your home – aloe vera! If you don’t have an aloe plant, you can buy one for a few dollars at any local greenhouse. It’s handy to have around to help heal minor scrapes or cuts.
This spray offers real relief to parched, burnt skin with a high concentration of aloe, soothing chamomile, and glycerine.

(NOTE: Remember to always conduct a skin patch test before using any new homemade or commercial product. You should do this particularly if you have sensitive skin, or are prone to allergic reactions. Apply a small amount of this spray to your wrist or elbow and wait 24 hours to check for any reactions.)

› cup (125 ml) fresh or purchased aloe vera gel
3 tablespoons (45 ml) cooled chamomile tea (distilled water will work in a pinch)
1 tablespoon (15 ml) glycerine

Empty spray bottle (fully cleaned – do not use bottles that contained any harsh chemicals)
Pour the gel, tea and glycerine into the spray bottle. Close, and shake well to combine. If mixture is too thick to spray, add a teaspoon of tea at a time until it’s the right consistency.

Label as Soothing After-Sun Aloe Spray. To use, shake well before spraying, and apply a gentle mist on affected areas.

Keep this bottle in the fridge and use whenever your skin needs a little extra TLC. It’s a refreshingly cool pick-me-up for your skin anytime.

Did You Know?

┬À There are over 240 types of aloe vera grown in North America.
┬À Aloe vera is a member of the lily family of plants, even though it appears spiky like a cactus.
┬À The skin absorbs aloe four times more quickly than water.
┬À Chamomile tea not only tastes good – it also helps soothe burned skin. Try adding brewed chamomile tea to cool bath water.