Sunburn and Natural Remedies
While no one likes a sunburn, getting natural relief can make the ordeal a whole lot better. Try these natural ways to fight the sting and enjoy relief.
Sun exposure is good, but too much of it can cause irritation. Next time you deal with discomfort from too much sun, try this after-sun soothing spray with essential oils.
Peppermint oil is a natural analgesic, or painkiller. It also helps soothe burnt areas by providing a cooling sensation. Bonus: because peppermint oil is also effective at alleviating headaches, it can help with the after-sun headache some people suffer from.
Lavender oil is my second essential oil go-to for sunburns. It reduces the sting of burns and reduces redness. Thanks to its antimicrobial properties, it’ll speed up healing, allowing your body to recover faster.
We always take 3 essential oils on holiday with us, they are peppermint, lavender and tea tree which is useful for insect bites and can also be used as a repellent – tea tree can actually be added to your homemade after sun lotion as a deterrent against those nasty mosquitos, it also is effective at reducing those pimples that can suddenly appear in the heat just rub one drop direct onto your skin, if you have sensitive skin apply with a little coconut oil!
16-ounce glass spray bottle
1 cup Aloe Vera juice
1/4 cup MCM Coconut Oil
8 drops Lavender essential oil
8 drops Peppermint essential oil
8 drops Tea Tree essential oil – optional
- Combine all ingredients in glass spray bottle.
- Shake to combine.
- Keep in the fridge
Tip: Shake before each use to incorporate all ingredients. Spray onto skin as needed and enjoy its soothing benefits.
Alternative Quick Fix:
Take some solid coconut oil (keep in fridge on hot days as will completely melt), add several drops of peppermint and lavender and massage into your skin.
Your Secret Weapon for Sunburn Relief:
You might not smell great, but you’ll feel a whole lot better when you include vinegar in your sunburn-fighting routine. Apple cider vinegar uses cover many health areas, but ACV will also soothe burnt skin.
Add a cup to a cool bath along with ¼ cup of coconut oil and a few drops of lavender essential oil for a healing soak.
Jennie@healthrise.co.uk Health Rise