The quick fix sunburn treatment you probably have in your fridge

Summer is almost here, which means long, lazy days at the beach. But sometimes no matter how diligent you are with applying sunscreen and covering up, you can still end up with tender, red sunburn. Ouch! So next time try this all natural remedy, which harnesses the cooling and pain-releiving qualities of curd cheese.

Important: A curd pack should not be used on broken skin.

curdThings you’ll need for this sunburn remedy

250 g (8½ oz/1 cup) curd cheese or Topfen

200 ml (7 fl oz/¾ cup) buttermilk

linen or cotton cloth or tea towel (dish cloth)

Get started

Mix 3 tablespoons of curd with 2 tablespoons of buttermilk. Spread the mixture over a linen cloth or tea towel. Place the curd mix directly on the sunburnt skin and leave for 20–30 minutes. As soon as you notice the curd getting warmer or dry, replace with a new pack.

Why we believe it works

Curd cheese (or Topfen) is known as Austria’s super weapon for all kinds of illnesses, including sunburn. When combined with buttermilk, the anti-inflammatory properties work to heal sunburnt skin as well as provide relief from pain and irritation

Vinegar Socks, natural remediesThe book: Vinegar Socks

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Karin Berndl and Nici Hofer are firm believers in the power of natural remedies. In Vinegar Socks, they share 40 traditional home remedies that have been handed down through the generations. They are tried and tested in curing common ailments and illnesses, such as fevers, sinusitis, sore throats, bronchitis, diarrhea, wounds and wasp stings. All of these remedies can be made easily at home using common kitchen ingredients and simple techniques.