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Protection from Sunburn: No Chemical Concoctions for Me — Only Common Sense and Homeopathy

Joette Calabrese

June 23rd, 2013  |  37 Comments

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31C01JNTNELI’ve seen the headlines screaming out already: “Best New Sunscreens,” “Recent Research on Skin Cancer Risks,” and “Keep Your Children Protected.” Pardon my political incorrectness, but how does covering my precious babe in a smattering of synthetic glop equate to protection? Also, didn’t our ancestors work in the blazing sun for centuries without developing skin cancers? Something doesn’t quite add up.

Because I refuse to put anything on my skin that isn’t 100% food, I forgo the sunscreen (you can check out other articles on the subject here). Instead, my family and I bask sensibly in the vitality-giving rays of the sun. Even my fair-skinned husband does it. A slather of antioxidant-rich coconut oil to nourish and protect the skin and a sun hat go far in reaching this goal sans chemicals.

I will admit though that occasionally we overdo it and end up with a bit of sunburn. Does this mean seemingly endless days of painful suffering? Not with homeopathy!

The first remedy for burns that we pull from our trusty remedy kit … is  Cantharis 30C. The hallmark of this remedy is burning pain, a familiar sensation to sunburn sufferers.

We match the potency to the severity of the burn, so 6, 12 and 30 would be potencies appropriate to minor or moderate burns. A more severe burn with symptoms such as fever and chills might require a higher potency, such as 200 or even 1M. If you’ve not adequately studied homeopathy, contact your homeopath.

When the burn is still very painful, offer the remedy quite frequently, maybe every hour or two. As the pain subsides, space out the doses. If pain returns, give the remedy again. This can be done for days or for a more severe burn, even weeks.

In addition to taking the remedy orally, much relief can be gained from dipping a soft cloth in water with some of the remedy pellets dissolved in it and applying it as a compress. Calendula Flower tincture is also wonderful for these compresses because it promotes cell healing and repairs skin quickly.

A tincture means the medicine is made in alcohol instead of pillules. When in this form, use the ratio of 1:4. That is, use one drop of Calendula to 4 drops of pure water for burn management. Distilled, filtered or spring water are all good for this use.

Calendula officinalis grows readily, and I urge everyone to grow it. Every year, I plant a plot of the seeds in the finest soil in my garden. In autumn, the bright orange flowers are a welcome sight. I gather their nearly fully opened buds and then dry them for later use as a tincture or salve. Just pack a dark glass bottle full of the flowers and cover it with grain alcohol or vodka. Come summer you’ll have it at the ready for burns, scrapes, and cuts.

Now get out into the sun and sport a summer glow.



Joette laughingI am a homeopath with a worldwide practice working with families and individuals via Zoom. I'm also a teacher and most importantly, a mom who raised my now-adult children depending on homeopathy over the last 31 years. I lived decades of my life with food intolerances, allergies, and chemical sensitivities until I was cured with homeopathy, so I understand pain, anxiety, and suffering. You may feel that your issues are more severe or different than anyone else’s, but I have seen it all in my practice and in my work in India. My opinion is that nothing has come close to the reproducible, safe and effective results that my clients, students and I have achieved with homeopathy.

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37 thoughts on “Protection from Sunburn: No Chemical Concoctions for Me — Only Common Sense and Homeopathy”

  1. larry says:

    This could not be more timely. Today was the first hot day summer.

  2. Ruth says:

    What about skin cancer? Will Cantharis help skin heal properly to avoid going cancerous?

    1. there is a lively debate between those who believe that skin cancer is a result of sun exposure and then there are studies that indicate that it has little to nothing to do with the sun, and instead, it is related to nutrition and the use of drugs.
      i reside in the drugs and food camp.

      1. megan says:

        me to in that camp and all the chem soaps and lotion etc people use. sunscreen being one of the worst!

  3. Jennifer says:

    Do we have to worry about getting coconut oil on our clothes… I would imagine it would stain, right?

    1. Jessica says:

      I have used virgin and extra virgin coconut oil as a skin moisturizer since 2006 and I absolutely love it! I began using it to treat my adult acne (which is definitely did). I fell in love and since then it is the only moisturizer I use on myself, my 2 young daughters and my husband uses it, as well. The skin will readily absorb the oil (unless you apply WAY too much), so once it’s applied you don’t have to worry about it staining. I apply and give it a few minutes to absorb before getting dressed. Now, if you get some melted oil directly on clothing, you may have an oily spot that needs rinsed and washed. However, I’ve never had a stain from using it. Enjoy!

      1. Amy Knowles says:

        Instead of using a calendula tincture, could I dissolve some calendula pellets from my kit into olive oil for using on my skin? I have some salve made from dried whole calendula flower and chamomile flower, and wondered if I could “pump it up” a bit by using the actual homeopathic pellets. I have searched online for a recipe for this but haven’t found one.

        1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

          I’ve used this method with cell salts but it would probably be more effective if calendula was purchased in potency but in alcohol instead of pellets.

  4. Marcy says:

    Ok, but you do not address the risks of skin cancer using your method. Can you explain?

  5. liz says:

    What do you recommend for a day at the beach? In most circumstances coconut oil and a hat are plenty, but for a day trip to the beach we need more. Any suggestions?


    1. i’m afraid i am perplexed by your question. since i have never used sunscreen, nor have my parents, my brother, grandparents, children and in the last several decades, my husband(the only blue-eyed, blonde in the family) I’m surprised by the # of people who ask this question. i never heard of sunscreen until about 1980! By then i was in my 30’s and my habits had already been formed.

      When my children were very young, I always carried an umbrella, t-shirts, sun hats and a measure of awareness for the 1st few hours and days until their skin toughened up.

      However, if your family is prone to burns, get into the shade during the hottest time of the day and expose yourselves slowly.

  6. Pam says:

    I love coconut oil, but in Florida, at the beach, is that really enough? I am VERY prone to sunburn but I also dislike using the commercial, chemical-laden sunscreens. It seems that coconut oil would encourage the burn. Is it really enough protection?

    Thank you!

    1. joette says:

      i wouldn’t consider coconut oil to be a protection against sunburn, although some do. the protection comes from the shade, protective clothing and a measure of common sense. so if you’re accustomed to sitting in the sun all day without an umbrella and or clothing then that would need to be adjusted.
      i don’t believe coconut oil would encourage a burn since unlike petroleum based products, its loaded with nutrients that the skin craves.

  7. Beth L. says:

    Thank you Joette! I wrote notes on an index card and added it to my growing stack of info. Made a card just for sunburn and also wrote it on the ‘Cantharis’ card. That’s the only way I can remember remedies until I actually use them. Once I use them I can usually remember them.

  8. Lorna says:

    My sister’s homeschooled children never seemed to get burned when they were younger despite the fact that they didn’t use sunscreen. I think that is because as soon as the snow was gone in the spring they’d be outside running around, shedding extraneous clothing as the weather got warmer. I remember them running outside in bathing suits on days when the adults would be in long sleeves. I think they would gradually build up a tan this way, so that when the hot weather came they were already resistant to burns. The rest of us are usually indoors most of the time, so that weekend day at the beach comes as a shock to our skin.

    1. no kidding! home-schoolers often seem to have an earthy sense of common sense that eludes those who follow protocols blindly.

  9. Julie says:

    What about using one of the spf mineral powders with zinc oxide? Getting a painful burn is never good.

    1. Can you eat it? If not, then I believe its better to be a prudent sun worshipper than a synthetic sun screen wearer.

      Just like anything in life, we must be aware of our surroundings.

  10. Eryn says:

    I have vitiligo on my hands. I have always been encouraged to allow sun exposure to my depigmented areas, but now I live at 6000 feet elevation and the sun is more intense and it is easier to get burned. Do you still recommend your remedy in this situation?

    1. If you get a burn, whether from intense sun, a scald, or hot oil, the remedies for burns are pretty much the same. i’d just be more cautious.

  11. Phoebe says:

    Great relief to have this information. Now I know that I do have a reliable treatment available to me for the inevitable “too much fun in the sun” day. Thank you Joette.

  12. John says:

    My wife (a Melanoma Surviver) recently gave me what-for, for plastering my bald (and shaved!) head with Coconut Oil, as I headed out the door to work. My reasoning is that not only does sun tan lotion create the bubble they all brainwash us we need, it also prevents us from producing our own naturally synthesized Vitamin B3. Not only that, I highly question what other kinds of crap their synthetically made “lotion” contains?

    My view is not proven, but I believe that there have been Islanders survived on a diet LARGELY consisting of Coconut water, oil … nearly the whole nut! And Islanders have survived millions of years doing the same thing the whole time. If they’d eaten the crap lots of folk eat today without all the med treatments, the islands would be totally occupied by wildlife 😉

    My belief is the reason we have come around to ALL kinds of cancer, is mainly due to synthetic foods, as in largely corn, soy and their respective synthetic bi-products. To move back to a diet very high in antioxidants (and stay away from junk foods and junk restaurants) would lower the likelihood of cancer, and other major illnesses, not to mention lower medical bills and insurance costs.

    Happy & Healthy Lives!

    1. Hi John, i believe there is good science out there to substantiate your idea that cancer is not as a result of the sun, but from the foods we eat. how can a body process a burn if the nutrients needed to do so are not present. the sun has always been there, cancer is disease largely of the last few decades,but what has changed is the denaturing of our foods. i’m certian Dr. Joseph Mercola has written on this subject time and again.
      slather away….just be prudent with your exposure.

  13. Glenda says:

    I realize this is not on topic, but I know homeopathic remedies are very powerful. That said, I put some cell salts in distilled water, and gave to my grandson at his ballgame. He would have sipped on it, repeatedly ‘dosing’ himself. Later he developed stomach cramping and this seemed to be the only ‘change’, thus being implicated as the culprit.

    I really wonder IF cell salts can cause this sort of reaction. . . .

  14. Yes! Repeated doses of a non-indicated remedy can cause a proving. simply stop and the issue will resolve itself. to give as a boost of sorts, such as for better absorption of his foods, etc, then 3 sips would have been the most he should have had in one day. a better dosage would have been only 2 if there wasn’t a pre-existing problem.

  15. Glenda says:

    I neglected to specify that this was Bioplasma, all the salts in union. Does that have a bearing on the answer given?

  16. it doesn’t matter which remedy, bioplasma, individual remedies, etc.if given frequently and when not indicated will likely cause a proving.

  17. mona says:

    I just now came to this site from Weston Price foundation.
    I look forward to reading the material with a great deal of interest and appreciation.
    When my son was 1, my Dad and I and my son went to buy him a pair of shoes for his trip to the US. I am from India.
    I remember dressing my baby in a jumper suit since it exposed most of his little body thinking it would keep him cool in the hot weather.
    My dad said to dress him up in a full sleeve muslin top which would protect him from the sun and keep him cool.
    that’s what I did and continued to do. This sun block thing is entirely new to me and no one in my family is ever used it. But, when my daughter goes swimming she does, since all the kids do.
    – mona

  18. megan says:

    here in upstate NY I start in April to tan as soon as its about 60 debs. slow 10 to 15 min for my fair skin. by june Im so dark that I can be in sun for over an hour. July 2 hrs. have a hard time getting darker after that. by next april I still have the faintest tan line. been doing this for over 30 years and Im 42 now! mom always said get a tan early so you don’t get sick later. from sunburn AND BECAUSE VIT D 3 HELP EMUMNE SYSTEM.

  19. Starling says:

    I’m very much a believer in not putting anything on my body that I can’t eat and I’m so glad so see someone who has caught on to this! I’ve actually been trying to take it a step further and think about what clothing I wear. For example, I now wear underwear made from corn husk fibers. While this definitely has done wonders for my recurring yeast infections, I realize that the husk doesn’t have the specific energies of something that’s truly a food. Do you have any ideas on how to gain energetic purity by wearing clothes that are truly made from the edible parts of food plants?

  20. Dea says:

    My mother mixes St.John’s Wort with olive oil for 30 days under the sun and then uses it all over the body for sunburns; as preventive and for sunburns. Any thoughts? Thanks

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      St John’s Wort is Hypericum Perfolatum which is a natural pain reliever and is used for trauma to the skin, etc. Good thinking Mom!

  21. Donna says:

    My 80 year old mother lives in Florida during the winter and tends to get a sunburned bottom lip even though she protects her lip with a natural zinc sunscreen. A few weeks ago her lip got a pretty bad sunburn and blistered. I gave her Cantharis 30 and she has been taking that about 3 times a day, along with dabbing it with a Calendula ointment I made. She has been taking the remedy now for about 2 weeks but it is still not better. Would Urtica urens be a good next choice or do you have another suggestion? Thank you so much, Joette.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      This is how you find out what remedy to choose for a specific condition:
      In your browser, key in the word JoetteCalabrese and the name of the condition and you’ll v.likely find what you’re looking for.
      So “JoetteCalabrese Burns”.

      1. Donna says:

        I found a blog post that was very helpful using your instructions. Thank you, Joette – you are a blessing!

  22. Kristin says:

    Hi! Question…is there a general protocol that you or Banjeri would suggest for basal cell skin cancer?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M says:

      Should you be interested, I teach skin conditions in my online course titled “Skin: The Ugly Truth”.

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