Hot sun and summer weather has returned to the northern hemisphere. Sometimes the heat comes so quickly we have not yet prepared our skin or ourselves for this immediate increase in sunshine.
Unexpectedly you spend a bit more time in the sun than you had planned and OUCH! You now have a fair amount of pretty red (or maybe pink) skin that at first just feels really hot!
A couple hours later the skin is now very hot and painful to the touch. What can you do to ease this and help heal quickly using essential oils?
First stay out of the sun for several days or until the ‘sunburn’ is healed. Then remember to set a timer if you have to be outdoors to get covered up before you get burned again.
The sun is great and important for our bodies to make Vitamin D and many other complex hormones etc. But you only need about 15 minutes of sunlight a day on exposed skin – not hours!
Our favorite suggestion to apply first is a blend of Lavender and Body Spray Base to spray on the sunburn. The recipe I suggest to use for children and adults is very simple to make.
Our daughter-in-law is fair skinned and every year she gets busy in her garden ending up with nasty sunburn. The following blend gives her immediate relief. (In fact I just mixed her up a bottle yesterday – which prompted me to write this article).
1 teaspoon of Coconut Emulsifier (or emulsifier of your choice)
Lavender– 5 ml
Body Spray Base – 2 ounces
Blend the Emulsifier and Lavender together first then add to the Body Spray Base.
Shake well and using a Sprayer top on the PET bottle, spritz as needed to the sunburned area.
Do not spray this on the face. If you need to apply to the face use a cotton ball or soft gauze pad soaked with the lavender solution and lightly dab on the sunburned area. Avoid the eyes.
Keep this blend in the refrigerator as this helps to cool the burn even further.
If your sunburn is severe such as you actually are to the point of blisters you may need to seek medical attention. But if you have very red skin and it is hot to the touch, you need to cool it down. The sooner you cool it down the less likely you will have tissue damage done to the skin.
Simply start applying some cool compresses. Add several drops of Lavender and a few drops of Helichrysum essential oils to a basin of cool water and use a compress to soak up the water, wring out and apply ever so gently to the sun burned areas.
Continue to do this for several minutes to even an hour or more.
Do not use ice as this can do even more damage to your already damaged skin.
Roman Chamomile, Geranium, Eucalyptus, Neroli and Rose essential oils are also good oils to use on minor sunburn and other burns.
A Lavender compress can be applied as often as necessary on small and minor sunburns but for wide spread sunburns a cool water bath with Lavender and Helichrysum added is suggested.
All other essential oils should be added to carrier oils such as Jojoba, Rosehip seed, Macadamia or hazelnut oil.
These carrier or fixed oils provide the most healing properties for skin that is damaged due to sun, burns or injury including suturing and surgery.
If you don’t have time to mix your own we do have a couple formulations that work excellently for damaged skin. Penny’s Cream de La Creme, Penny’s Bum Cream (has Helichrysum in it) and Scar Lightening Blend are all favorites. All of these products have the best blends of essential oils and carrier oils to help skin to heal quickly.
They should be applied several times a day to the affected area.
Here are a few more recipes that may help your sunburn feel better quickly.
To a cold water bath (bowl of water) - 5 drops Roman Chamomile or 8 drops Lavender for each cup of water. Submerge the burned area to give relief.
Personally we have found that you will get much relief if you can hold your burned area in the cold water for about an hour. Use caution as you do not want to freeze your burned area. You should use cold water NOT ICE water.
Lavender- 25 drops
Peppermint - 2 drops
Camellia oil - 2 ounce
Shake well and apply a few drops several times a day to the burned area. Be sure to have plenty on hand as you venture out to the beaches this summer!
For your lips during the summer you may want to mix a bit of this and keep it handy.
Lavender– 3 drops
Roman Chamomile – 2 drops
Macadamia nut oil – 10 ml
roll-on perfume bottles
Blend the essential oils with the Macadamia nut oil and pour into a roll-on perfume and lip balm bottle. Apply to your lips as needed.
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