Lavender Oil for Sunburn with Cooling Compress & DIY Recipes

You're probably familiar with lavender oil as a fragrant, soothing essential oil. But did you know it can also be used to heal sunburn? Lavender oil has natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that can help ease the pain and inflammation of sunburn. It's also gentle enough for use on sensitive skin. So if you've got a nasty sunburn, try applying some lavender oil and see if it helps make you feel better. Keep reading for more tips!

Lavender Oil for Sunburn with Cooling Compress Recipe by Loving Essential Oils

Got sunburned? While it is best to avoid this from happening by using sunscreen during summer, 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.

What is Lavender Essential Oil Good For?

Lavender oil is a popular essential oil that has a variety of uses. It's derived from the lavender plant, and has a sweet, floral scent. Lavender oil is thought to be beneficial for physical and emotional health.

Lavender essential oil is a great natural remedy for helping moisturize, nourish, and relieve skin, mind and body. Some of the ways that lavender oil can be used include aromatherapy, massage therapy, and topical application.

  • It is known to moisturize dry skin.
  • Improve sleep quality for those struggling with insomnia.
  • Alleviate acne and breakouts.
  • Protect against wrinkles caused by aging.
  • It soothes irritability and muscle aches.
  • Nourish the scalp to stimulate hair growth and help promote relaxation.
  • Reduce symptoms of depression due to its calming properties.

    Whether you are looking for skin care solutions or simply want to relax your senses before sleeping lavender essential oil should definitely be in your medicine cabinet!

    Lavender Essential oil For Sunburned Skin by Loving Essential Oils

    Lavender Essential Oil for Sunburn

    Here are several reasons to use lavender on burned skin:

    • Burned skin is hot and 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. Use lavender and tea tree mixed to gently cleanse sun damaged skin.
    • Lavender will also keep the skin clean and reduce the risk of infection due to its antiseptic action.
    • Try lavender and peppermint oil together for an even more powerful soothing blend.
    • It has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that help to speed up skin healing.
    • Use lavender with the carrier oil you have on hand, mix together, apply to sunburned skin.
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    More Essential Oils for Sunburns

    While lavender essential oil is the top choice for sunburns, here are a few other essential oils for burns:

    • Roman Chamomile essential oil
    • Peppermint essential oil
    • Tea Tree essential oil
    • German Chamomile essential oil
    • Geranium essential oil

    Remember, if using essential oils in the sun, use caution with photosensitive oil. These oils can increase the skin's sensitivity to the sun.

    Carrier Oils for Sunburns

    If you've ever experienced a sunburn, you know that the pain and inflammation is no joke. While over-the-counter creams can help, they can also be expensive and full of chemicals. If you want to try something more natural, carrier oils are a great option.

    Carrier oils are oils that are extracted from plants, and they have many healing properties. There are many carrier oils available, here are the best carrier oils for sunburns:

    • Sweet Almond Oil
    • Coconut Oil
    • Avocado Oil
    • Fractionated Coconut Oil

    Aloe vera gel is also a great carrier for essential oils and sunburns. Try one of these carrier oils in this soothing skin blend below.

    Skin Soothing Oil Blend

    If you're like me, you enjoy using natural products on your skin whenever possible. Commercial skincare products can contain harsh chemicals that can do more harm than good in the long run. That's why I love making my own skin care blends at home using natural ingredients.

    Pick one option below:

     Base Recipe: Your Choice

    Use this recipe if you want to pick what your ingredients are.

    • 12 drops of essential oils
    • 1 oz carrier oil of choice
    • 1 oz glass bottle

    Directions: Add ingredients to glass dropper bottle and mix together. Use as needed on skin. 2% dilution.

     

     DIY Essential Oil Blend: Ready to Use

    Make this easy essential oil recipe with the most popular essential oils for sunburn healing.

    • 4 drops Lavender Oil
    • 4 drops Peppermint Oil
    • 4 drops Tea Tree Oil
    • 1 oz Fractionated Coconut Oil
    • 1 oz glass bottle

    Directions: Add ingredients to glass dropper bottle and mix together. Use as needed on skin. 2% dilution.

     

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    How to Make a Cooling Compress with Lavender Oil

    Take the heat and sting out of a sunburn with an anti-inflammatory 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. Plus, research suggests that lavender oil may help improve sleep quality, reduce anxiety, and provide relief from pain.

    Ingredients for Lavender Oil Compress

    • 6 drops Lavender Oil
    • 1 teaspoon sweet almond oil
    • Washcloth or towel
    • Bowl with cold water
    • Ice Cubes

    How to Make Essential Oil Compress

    Step 1: Fill the bowl with cold water and ice cubes.

    Step 2: Blend 1 teaspoon sweet almond oil and 6 drops lavender essential oil together. Add oil blend to the bowl of water and ice.

    Step 3: Soak the washcloth in the bowl to make a cooling compress. Remove the 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 times as needed.

    You may want to use peppermint oil in the sunburn compress for the cool menthol affect. It is best to only use 3 drops of oil as it is a stronger essential oil. You can also use fractionated coconut oil as an alternative carrier oil.

    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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    Essential Oil Combinations for Sunburn Relief

    Sunburns can be painful and uncomfortable, but essential oils can help provide some relief. So, why not incorporate essential oils in your sunburn blend? You'll be glad you did.

    1. Lavender and Chamomile for Soothing and Healing

    Lavender and chamomile are a match made in heaven - and not just for sunburn relief. Their calming aroma and invigorating properties make them the perfect combination for soothing sunburned skin. The sweet, herbaceous scent of Roman or German Chamomile oil is also a great way to relax after a day in the sun. 

    To get started, create a diluted blend of lavender and chamomile essential oils. Start with a few drops of each in an ounce of carrier oil, such as jojoba or almond oil, and then apply it topically to the affected area.

    The blend of these two oils will provide both an immediate and long-term effect on sunburns, helping to reduce redness, itching, and pain. This oil blend can help soothe the skin and provide calming properties. 

    2. Lavender and Peppermint for Cooling Relief

    Peppermint oil is a great addition to a lavender essential oil blend for sunburn. It's known for its cooling properties and can help give you some soothing relief from the hot, uncomfortable sunburn.

    Plus, the pleasant scent of lavender and peppermint can help relax and calm you. Just add a few drops of peppermint to a sunburn essential oil recipe and enjoy the cooling and calming effects.

    3. Frankincense Oil with Coconut Oil

    For sunburn relief, try mixing frankincense oil with a carrier oil like coconut oil, jojoba oil, or avocado oil. Then applying it to the affected area. Frankincense has been used for centuries for its healing properties, and can help to soothe and reduce inflammation.

    Plus, it smells great! Just be sure to use a carrier oil to dilute the strength of the frankincense, so that it won't irritate your skin.

    4. Tea Tree and Lavender for Anti-inflammatory Effects

    If you're looking for some added anti-inflammatory effects to your go-to sunburn relief routine, try combining tea tree and lavender essential oils. The two oils together provide a potent combination of antiseptic, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory effects, making them great for soothing and calming sunburns.

    Just mix a few drops of the two oils in a carrier oil, then apply lightly apply the mixture to the sunburned areas. The cooling effect and anti-inflammatory benefits will help reduce pain, redness, and swelling.

    Final Thoughts on Essential Oils for Sunburn

    In conclusion, essential oils are an effective and natural remedy for sunburn relief. They can be combined in different ways to create a soothing blend that can be applied directly to the skin.

    Lavender oil, chamomile oil, and peppermint oil are some of the most popular essential oils used for treating sunburn, but there are many more that can help to reduce inflammation and provide relief from pain and itching.

    With the right essential oil combination, you can find relief from your sunburn quickly and naturally.

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