August 08, 2018

If you are outside for any length of time in the summer months, you can get a sunburn without realizing you are being over-exposed to harmful rays. A sunburn can be extremely painful and takes time to heal. The good news is that there are several remedies to use for relief and many essential oils are good for sunburns. The benefit of using essential oils to treat sunburned skin is that it is an all-natural treatment that can help your skin heal naturally and flawlessly. Not only do they aid in the healing process, but many essential oils help improve skin quality since they have antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Many times, when trying to find relief from a painful sunburn, people turn to cosmetic solutions such as salves, lotions, and creams. These can have negative side effects which is why using essential oils can be a safer way to treat a sunburn. Many of the oils provide cooling properties and some offer immediate relief from the burning pain. Another beneficial reason essential oils are good for sunburn is that they can be hydrating and keep your skin healthy looking.

Essential Oils Good for Sunburns

Many of the essential oils can be secret weapons for relieving sunburns.  There are five oils that are most commonly used to relieve the pain and burning. The five most effective EOs to use on sunburns include lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, frankincense and sandalwood oils.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender EO has several properties that make it useful for providing much-needed relief. These include being antifungal, antibacterial and carminative. One of the best ways to use this oil is to mix one drop of it with a little aloe vera gel and then apply it directly to the affected skin. If the sunburn covers a larger area of skin, mix in a handful of oatmeal and seven to eight drops of lavender oil in a tub of slightly warm water. Immersing your body can alleviate discomfort.

Sandalwood Essential Oil

The cooling properties of sandalwood EO are what helps ease, soothe and cool down a burn. It can also be beneficial for removing germs that could lead to an infection. Mix a drop or two of sandalwood oil, one drop of turmeric EO and 30 grams of coconut oil together. Apply to the affected areas of the skin to provide immediate relief.

Frankincense Essential Oil

Touching sunburnt skin can be very painful. Frankincense EO can help nourish skin damaged by the sun and restore its original luster. It is one oil that can work wonders on dry damaged skin as it can rejuvenate and hydrate by providing the right amount of moisture. Mix one to two drops of the oil with some aloe vera gel and apply to the burned areas.

Peppermint Essential Oil

 Peppermint can be cooling on irritated or sunburnt skin. The menthol it contains helps numb some of the pain. Just remember to dilute this very potent EO before applying it to your skin. Put one to two drops of peppermint oil in one to two teaspoons of aloe vera gel. Apply this paste on your sunburned skin to provide soothing, cooling relief.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

If you want quick relief, eucalyptus EOis the right choice. It has both pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties that can help alleviate the discomfort of a sunburn quickly. While the menthol provides a numbing effect. The antibacterial properties also provide protection from infection. Mix two to three drops of eucalyptus oil with a teaspoon of pure aloe vera and put it in a cup of water. Place it all in a clean spray bottle to apply it to the skin. You can also add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to a wet towel and use it to gently dab the sunburnt areas.

Four Essential Oil Recipes to Treat Sunburns

1. Peppermint Cooling Spray –Peppermint essential oil contains menthol which can help numb pain the sunburn causes. It also is a natural cooling agent. Mixing 1 or 2 drops of peppermint EO with 1 to 2 drops of aloe vera gel and applying the paste to the sunburned area can bring soothing relief. You may also try this recipe for a cooling spray:

  • 4 ounces of water
  • 10 drops of peppermint essential oil

Spray the mist over the sunburned areas and allow it to dry. Use as often as needed until the sunburn heals.

2. Soothing Spritz– Lavender EO and tea tree EO are helpful for relieving sunburn and aiding the healing process. To make a lavender-tea tree spritz combine these ingredients:

  • 4 ounces of water
  • 30 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 20 drops of tea tree essential oil

Mix the ingredients in a dark colored glass spray bottle and shake well to blend. Spray on the affected area and allow to air dry. For the best possible results, use this treatment as soon as possible after a sunburn.

3. Lavender Cold Compress –To make a cooling compress, place two cups of cold water in a non-reactive bowl, then add 4 to 6 drops of lavender EO or chamomile EO. Stir the mixture well. Soak a soft cloth in the oil-infused water and wring it out so it’s not dripping. Apply the cooling compress to the affected area.

4. Vinegar & Lavender Oil Bath – Mix together one cup of white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar with 50 drops of lavender essential oil. Put the mixture in a glass bottle and shake well before using. Fill your bathtub with warm water and add 6 teaspoons of lavender essential oil and vinegar mixture to the water. Stir it around to disperse the mixture in the water. Soak for about 30 minutes. While you are soaking, massage any floating drops of oil gently into your skin.


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