Got sunburned? While it is best to avoid this from happening by using sunscreen, if it does happen... try lavender oil for sunburns.
It is best to keep sunburned skin cool and moist, one way to do this is with a lavender cooling compress. The compress includes sweet almond oil and lavender oil, perfect for soothing, healing, and restoring skin.
Lavender Oil for Sunburn
Burned skin is tender to touch, lavender essential oil has healing effects that can help to soothe the pain and inflammation that comes with a sunburn. It has regenerative properties that promote new skin growth. Lavender will also keep the skin clean and reduce the risk of infection due to its antiseptic action.
Essential Oils for Sunburns
While lavender essential oil is top choice for sunburns, here are a few others:
- Roman Chamomile
- Tea Tree
- German Chamomile
Remember if using essential oils in the sun, use caution with photosensitive oil. These oils can increase skin's sensitivity to the sun.
Carrier Oils for Sunburns
There are many carrier oils available, here are the best carrier oils for sunburns:
- Sweet Almond Oil
- Coconut Oil
Aloe vera gel is also a great carrier for essential oils and sunburns.
How to Make a Cooling Compress with Lavender Oil
Take the heat and sting out of a sunburn with a lavender cooling compress. Applying an ice-cold compress with healing oils after sun exposure can bring relief. Cooling compresses also work well for bruises, insect stings and bites, headaches, swelling, and other injuries.
Step #1: Fill a bowl with ice cubes and cold water.
Step #2: Blend 1 teaspoon sweet almond oil and 6 drops lavender essential oil together. Add oil blend to cold water.
Step #3: Soak a washcloth in the bowl to make a cooling compress. Remove washcloth and squeeze out the excess water.
Step #4: Place compress on the sunburned area. Leave in place until it reaches body temperature.
Repeat step #3 & #4 a few of times as needed.
When complete, follow up by applying aloe vera gel to the burned skin. Aloe vera gel is soothing and healing to sunburns, plus it keeps the skin moist. I like to keep my aloe vera gel in the refrigerator, it improves the shelf life and it is also really refreshing when applied to sun exposed skin. You may want to try Aloe Vera Gel Ice Cubes too.
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