Natural Home Remedies for Sunburn September 10 2014
No matter how careful you are there will undoubtedly be a time in which you suffer from a mild to moderate sunburn. No one welcomes the hot, stinging, uncomfortable itch that can last for many days following too much sun exposure. The following essential oils help to reduce pain and skin inflammation, as well as promote the much needed healing process.
Lavender Oil - antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties; assists in new tissue regeneration
Tea Tree Oil - antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties
Frankincense Oil – anti-inflammatory; helps stimulate new cell growth
Peppermint Oil – helps to cool the skin and release heat
How to use essential oils to treat sunburn:
At first burn exposure, fill a bowl with very cold water. Add a few drops of chosen oil(s) and soak the affected area for at least 10 minutes to cool and calm.
Create a burn compress by adding 10-15 drops of essential oil to a cup of cool water. Soak a soft washcloth in this mixture and apply to the affected area.
For use on smaller areas, such as the face, place a few drops on a cotton ball or Q-tip and apply gently to the affected area.
Mix 10-20 drops of chosen oil(s) with one-teaspoon aloe vera gel. Massage into skin and repeat as necessary to reduce pain and redness.
For larger burns, or those that are too painful to dab/touch directly, place 20-30 (or more) drops in a spray bottle of distilled water. Spray on affected areas many periodically throughout the day to reduce pain and ease inflammation. As an optional addition: add a few tablespoons of aloe juice to this mixture for added benefits.
Aloe Vera Gel – Contains anti-inflammatory compounds that reduce swelling and allows healing to begin.
Coconut Oil – Incredibly soothing, promotes healing, and keeps healing moisture in the skin.
Apple Cider Vinegar – Instantly relieves stinging and itching.
Witch Hazel – Anti-inflammatory provides shorter-term pain relief.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe, treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical community is there to help us when oils can't.