Treating Sunburn – An Unexpected Way!

Treating Sunburn

I recently learned a strange method of treating sunburn. During one of my recent contracts, my employer took me to Mahé Seychelles, just off the coast of Africa. His reason for visiting included volunteering to help renovate a rehabilitation center. However, philanthropy aside, when I wasn’t protecting him I spent some wonderful hours on the beach. While we were painting, one of the patients notices I was limping a little from my sun exposure. He pulled me aside and gave me some instructions.

Treating Sunburn With Coconut Water

First, he told me to take two coconuts and chop the tops off to get to the water inside. Then, he told me to pour the water into a small glass. He explained that I needed to hold the coconut water against my burned skin for three minutes. Then he told me everything would feel good as new!

Leave it to me to Google it as soon as we returned to our Villa. I couldn’t find anything about coconut water! I wish I could say that went out and picked a couple right off the tree. Alas I opted for Aloe Vera instead. I carry a small jar of pure aloe extract for just such occasions (a girl never learns). I applied to cool salve to my burns and in about three days I felt good as new.

A part of me will now always wonder what would happened if I tried pure coconut water next time. But in this case a tried and true remedy worked quickly enough. Oh well, I’ll just have to try laying out on the beach next time I’m in a tropical paradise!

Just of the record, the best method of treating sunburn is SPF 50 every hour you’re in the sun. Since that seems hard to remember, do you know any other natural remedies for sunburn? Please let me know in the comments below. If you’d like to contact me directly, you can email

I grew up in Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua, México, where people either owned cattle ranches or fruit orchards. Much of my work ethic came from working on Rancho La Mesa (my family’s ranch). That ranch also sparked what grew into my wild imagination. I read somewhere that you should write the story you want to read, and that stuck with me. My writing began in sixth grade, around the time I began learning to type.