This Summer, Consider Essential Oils for Sunburn Relief
Summer is almost upon us. That means days under the sun, gatherings with friends, and enjoying time outdoors.
For many, it will also mean dealing with sunburn.
Sunburn can be a minor inconvenience, but it can also be a painful blight on your summer that keeps you in constant pain. This is especially true if you are someone with fair skin, though the reality is that sunburn can affect anyone.
Sunburn is a kind of radiation burn resulting from overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. A mild case can be nothing more than annoying, resulting in minor discomfort and perhaps some light-headedness. Serious cases can be extremely painful, however, and even dangerous, with blistered skin, fever, and other symptoms.
This is why sunscreen is so important. A little prevention goes a long way.
Even the most careful of us can feel the sting of sunburn, however. If it happens to you, you may find some relief with essential oils.
As always when using essential oils, especially when using them topically, be sure to review all health and safety information before use. Please see our disclaimer below for more information.
So what oil to use for your sunburn?
We suggest you start with Shaman Lavender essential oil. Lavender is not only relaxing and calming, its soothing properties and antibacterial nature aid in providing mild pain relief and accelerating skin healing. Lavender oil can assist with reducing redness and swelling, and can provide you with temporary relief from your symptoms.
There are several ways you can use Shaman Lavender essential oil to treat your sunburn. Here are three:
A soothing cold compress can work wonders for an irksome burn. For this, you will need a cloth, cold water, and four to six drops of lavender essential oil. Creating your cold compress is simple:
- Pour two cups of water into a glass, stainless steel, or ceramic bowl.
- Add your essential oil.
- Soak the cloth for several minutes.
- Ring out the cloth until it no longer drips.
- Apply the cloth to the affected area of your skin and relax for a while.
You should experience relief shortly.
It’s fairly easy to create your own topical cream using essential oils, which you can then use to treat your sunburn. You’ll need about 20 drops of lavender essential oil, and about 4 teaspoons of aloe vera gel. (You can substitute 8 teaspoons of plain yogurt if you wish.)
- Pour the aloe vera into a glass, stainless steel, or ceramic bowl.
- Add your essential oil.
- Mix thoroughly.
- Let stand for 10 minutes.
- Use a swab or cotton ball to apply the mixture to affected areas of your skin.
- Relax and wait for relief!
For full body relief, consider making a vinegar bath mixture to soak in. It’s easy, effective, and very relaxing! Here’s how to do it:
- Add 1 cup of white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar to a bottle.
- Add 50 drops of Shaman lavender essential oil.
- Shake thoroughly.
- Fill your bath with warm water.
- Add 6 teaspoons of your mixture to the bath, then stir the water thoroughly to mix it in.
- Soak for 30 minutes and find relief!
The remaining mix can be used until it’s gone, just be sure to shake thoroughly each time before use.
Sunburn can put a damper on your summer days, but with essential oils you can find much-needed relief.
For more information on Shaman Essential Oils, contact us at HELLO@SHAMANOILS.COM.Disclaimer: Essential oils or aromatherapy products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. This content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Use of this page should not be considered medical advice and cannot replace medical consultation with a qualified health professional. Please consult with a qualified medical professional to address specific health concerns you might have. Pregnant or lactating women and persons with known medical conditions should consult a physician prior to the use of any aromatherapy product. The information contained herein is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.