We all know that a little Vitamin D goes a long way for our overall well-being but too much sun exposure can leave you with a miserable sun burn. I think we've all been there. You've been enjoying a day at the beach, or at the pool, and at the end of the day your realize you are dehydrated, the same shade as a tomato, and your skin hurts at the slightest touch. The beach is my happy place and with boys that surf and a husband from New Zealand, we're no strangers to spending too much time in the sun and ending up with some pretty painful sunburns. I'm here to share with you some of my favorite natural sunburn remedies using carriers like aloe and coconut oil along with some of my favorite essential oils for sunburns.
When it comes to treating a sunburn, my two favorite essential oils are peppermint oil and lavender oil. I always use peppermint for sunburns, as well as, regular burns. Peppermint is an excellent pain reliever plus it draws out the heat. And lavender is nourishing to the skin to encourage healing. I've shared with you my love for lavender, with its variety of uses but because Lavender oil contains antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, it is incredible for healing burns. My favorite is a mixture of lavender oil, coconut oil, and aloe vera applied to the skin as needed.You can even add equal parts of lavender and peppermint oil to the aloe and coconut oil and spritz on the skin to relieve pain and encourage healing.
I'm sure you are no stranger to aloe when it comes to finding relief from your parched and red skin. It is an age-old natural remedy. It is cooling and will greatly reduce the hurting time of a sunburn. Aloe, because of its antimicrobial properties, speeds up healing, meaning your body will recover much faster. It is known to reduce the sting of burns and reduce redness.
With the hydrating properties that coconut oil possesses it can be a life saver at treating a sunburn. You can apply it alone, use it as a carrier oil with lavender, peppermint, or a combination of both, or mix with aloe to soothe and condition skin. Not only is it great after sun exposure, but did you know that it has nautral SPF factors that protect the skin from UV rays? This means it is a go to before and after your day at the beach. Check out these facts about coconut oil making it one of my all time favorites:Coconut oil prevents peeling, recuperates the damages to skin caused by UV rays, has natural antioxidants that prevent inflammation caused by sunburn, has antibacterial properties in the oil, and is easily absorbed in to the skin meaning your skin retains moisture for hours after. With benefits like that, it is a must have for sunburns.
The next time you find yourself with a sunburn I hope you'll try one or all of these natural remedies and let me know what your favorite is and what worked best for you. Now get out there and enjoy your summer! Contact me with any questions you have about essential oils. I'm here to help!