Lavender Oil for Sunburn with DIY Cooling Compress Recipe

Lavender Oil for Sunburn with DIY Cooling Compress Recipe

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.

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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.
  • Try lavender and peppermint oil together for an even more powerful soothing blend.
  • 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.
  • 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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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

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

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.

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

Jennifer Lane - Certified Aromatherapist

BIO: Owner and founder of Loving Essential Oils. I am a Registered Nurse and Certified Aromatherapist that loves to look toward essential oils and aromatherapy for all natural physical, emotional and spiritual support. I love creating and sharing DIY Essential Oil Recipes & Blends. Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of your essential oil journey!

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