Bye bye sunburn....the natural way


I learned in Mexico how to treat a sunburn...

It was my own of course. I was in my late teens and I had never had a sunburn before...but the Mexican sun got me. Aye Aye Aye!!!!

My Mexican friends were telling me to get some vinegar on that and fast! Vinegar!  Aouch! I thought, this is going to hurt, and my poor little shoulders were already on fire!

I put some vinegar on a facecloth and put the compress directly on my lobster red and almost crunchy shoulders with lots of apprehension.

But lo and behold! It worked wonderfully. I quickly felt more comfortable.

Later I understood that vinegar re-establishes the pH balance of the skin and really draws out the burning sensation. Now I would use some raw organic apple cider vinegar of course, not the white window cleaning stuff.

But, if you don't want to smell like a vinaigrette for a few hours, there is another trick that I suggest.


Mix together one tablespoon organic coconut oil with 1 drop of lavender essential oil and 1 drop of peppermint essential oil if you have both, or 2 drops of either one. Use only good quality essential oils so that they have the healing molecules to really help. The good quality oils usually have the Latin name underneath the English name on the bottle.

Lavender essential oil is known for it's soothing and healing properties with sunburns. You can use the lavandula angustifolia, or lavandula vera or lavandula officinalis. Do not overuse these precious products.

Peppermint oil Mentha x piperita or mentha piperita is often used to treat pain and to calm inflammations. The fire-like pain of a sunburn is quickly soothed by the fresh peppermint oil.

Organic coconut oil is also a skin treatment on its own. The synergy between the essential oils and the coconut ils is very soothing and healing.

These are 4 ingredients to keep in your kitchen or in your pharmacy, since they can be useful in more than one situations. 


Enjoy the sun!   Pretty soon you'll be shoveling some snow...





The Wellness Shop

Opening its doors in September, 2013, the Wellness Shop was born out of customer demand for an increased selection of all-natural health and beauty products.

The shop is divided into different sections:

  • All-natural personal care products and cosmetics
  • Supplements, minerals, vitamins, and herbal tonics
  • Essential oils and other holistic therapies
  • Bulk medicinal herbs
  • Canadian-made designer clothing.

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The Herb & Spice Shop is an independent, locally owned health & natural food store which has been serving Ottawa's Centretown neighbourhood and beyond for over 30 years.

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375 Bank Street

A wide and always growing selection of natural, organic, alternative and specialty food items. Juice bar in store.

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380 Bank Street

A full selection of nutritional supplements, herbal and homeopathic remedies, natural body care, cosmetics and bulk herbs.



The Wellness Shop has the best selection of essential oils and flower remedies that I've found yet :)


Most convenient place for finding things you can't buy at loblaws (like food that won't kill you, e.g.).


Decades ago a Polish neighbor of mine introduced me to your bulk natural foods. I have been a client of yours since then. Thank you for keeping it up!


Love your selection of organic produce!

Thanks for working with local suppliers and producers!

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