Did you miss my last blog post on how to Protect Yourself From the Sun Over Memorial Day Weekend: DIY Natural Sunscreen? Are you paying for that now with a wicked sunburn? I’ve got a DIY recipe that can help!
In my previous post I told you about my adventure to Atlanta for my little sister’s graduation where I was pleased to learn that my DIY Sunscreen recipe worked really well but managed to burn my back pretty badly. Here is the pic in case you missed it:
Well as you can imagine when I got home I immediately wanted to find a natural sunburn relief recipe. Historically I’ve just used the sunburn relief aloe you can buy in stores that has the lidocaine and menthol added but this sunburn was in a hard to reach place and I often go to bed later than my husband so it just seems cruel to wake him up to say “hey baby, will you rub some aloe on my back?” So, to the interwebz I went and I found a recipe for a Sunburn Spritzer using essential oils and pure aloe (which I already had on hand thanks to my DIY Hand Sanitizer recipe!). I really liked that it was a spray and therefor I could apply it myself. It provided a great deal of relief over the next couple days and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that now, 2 weeks later, I can report that I didn’t even peel after that burn!!!
Some, some background on the ingredients:
- Aloe Vera – The Aloe Vera plant was imported from Africa. The juice, or gel, from inside the leafs of the plant is antibacterial and has soothing properties making it ideal for treating burns, from minor to more severe. Even hospitals use Aloe Vera to treat severe burn victims. Even better than buying Aloe Vera gel in stores is to grow you own Aloe plant. You can trim off a leaf and squeeze the gel out to run directly on a burn. I’ve done this after burning myself on the oven and not only do I get immediate relief but usually it won’t blister as bad or scar!
- Lavender – Lavender essential oil is one of my “Must Have” ingredients because it is so versatile. One of the reasons is its natural antiseptic properties, when used topically. In addition, lavender may prohibit the growth of bacteria. Lavender contains Linalyl Acetate (24-45%) and Linalol (25-38%) as well as Terpinen-4-ol (2-6%), all of which are antibacterial agents. In addition, Linalyl Acetate and Linalol also have local analgesic and anesthetic (pain relieving) affects. As a result, Lavender has been used to help treat burns since the early 1900’s, thanks in part to the research of French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé.
- Helichrysum – Helichrysum is a plant in the sunflower family that grows in Africa and Madagascar. The oil derived from the Helichrysum plant has anti-inflammatory and tissue-regenerating properties which helps soothe irritated skin and promote healing, making it an ideal addition to any burn relief remedy. In addition, Helichrysum essential oil has properties which may help prevent bruising, as well as properties which may help reduce phlegm and stimulate the respiratory system, making it useful to add to cough and cold remedies. This is a great oil to have in your natural first-aid kit!
I’m sad to say that as excited as I am about the amazing properties of Helichrysum essential oil, I do not own this one (yet!). It is a bit expensive to get pure, therapeutic grade Helichrysum eo so its waiting on my wish list for a bit. Therefore, I modified the recipe below by leaving out the Helichrysum, which I’m sure makes it less effective but it did still help relieve the burning, itching, and irritation from my sunburn without it. The following is not my personal recipe and the source has been listed below it.
DIY Sunburn Spritzer
- 1 oz Purified Water
- 2-4 Drops of Lavender (buy it here)
- 1 Drop Helichrysum (buy it here)
- 1/2 teaspoon of Pure Organic Aloe Vera (I bought mine at the Vitamin Shoppe)
Place it in a dark glass spray bottle. Shake and spray on location! Please be careful to use the best quality aloe vera you can find. Aloe vera that has synthetics will dry out your skin and will not help your skin or the burn! Therapeutic grade Helichrysum and Lavender are very safe and can be used on dogs, cats and horses as well. And children of course.
Original Recipe Source: http://www.experience-essential-oils.com/home-remedies-for-sunburn.html
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Products and techniques mentioned here are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Information here is in no way intended to replace proper medical help. Consult with the health authorities of your choice for treatment.