My husband is the type of person who fears the sun! He panics when the sun is out and there is little shade around. This is particularly frustrating for me when we go on vacation every year and he asks, "Am I red here?" every five minutes! He is so worried about getting burned that he cannot relax AT ALL when we are outside in the summer.
Well, we went on vacation a little while ago to sunny Myrtle Beach and it happened... He got a sunburn. Now, everyone hates getting a sunburn. You feel stupid and like you should have paid more attention, or got out of the water a little sooner then you actually did. But most people have a day or two of tenderness and some discomfort and are more carful the next time you go out in the sun. When my husband gets too much sun, it's pretty much the end of the world as he sees it.
He describes it as though he is getting stabbed with pins all over the sunburn every few minutes. This happens to the point where people were looking at him funny on the beach, and my parents and I found ourselves walking a little faster so he didn't look like he was actually with us. It looked like there were invisible bugs flying around him because he was swatting and jolting at what looked like nothing! Me, being the supportive wife that I am, assumed that he was acting a little childish and making a big deal out of nothing. That is until two days passed and he looked at me while I was sitting on the beach reading and trying to ignore the crazy person flailing around beside me. He had tears in his eyes and said that he couldn't do this anymore. No amount of cream, air conditioning, cool showers and DIY remedies worked. He said he felt like he was being tortured and he couldn't take it anymore. Oops... Maybe he wasn't being a baby. Maybe he wasn't exaggerating and he really was in extreme agony! I felt horrible.
|When your skin feels like this, look no further than your local health food store!|
We went back up to the hotel and got on our iPad. He searched and searched until he found a thread of people complaining of the same symptoms. He thought he hit the jackpot until the majority of the comments said that there wasn't really anything anyone could do except take the pain and know that in a few days it will dissipate. Uh oh. There was no way he could take it anymore so he kept reading and reading and found someone had gotten relief for something very inexpensive, easy to get a hold of, and natural! We rushed to the closest CVS pharmacy, made the purchase of $6 or so, and crossed our fingers. By the time we got back in the parking lot and made our way back to the beach, he looked like a normal person again! He had a smile on his face and the imaginary bugs had all flown away!
What we had purchased was a little bottle of Peppermint Essential Oil. Once we had lathered it all over his burn, he said it felt like he had amazing ice packs on and it took all the pain right away! Almost immediately! Not only is peppermint EO great for burns but it helps with itchy bug bites and I even put in on my face when I am sick to help unclog my sinuses! It feels great and the cooling feeling that it brings on it the most soothing thing of all!
|The best $6 I ever spent!|
So if you know someone who has sensitive skin or is complaining of the same symptoms my husband was, go get them some and make their day! They will be eternally grateful!