Essential oils for Sunburns and for Sunscreen
Ouch – so you got burnt. Hopefully it looks worse that it feels. Luckily there are plenty of remedies available for you to slather on that burn. And some really nice essential oils for you to put into the mix to heal you up and ensure your skin gets better soon. Hopefully softer and healthier than before – and with a nice tan left over!
Simple Topical Sunburn Application
8 Tsp Yogurt or 4 Tsp Aloe Vera Gel
20 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
Directions: Combine yogurt or aloe vera with your lavender essential oil in a non-reactive bowl and mix thoroughly. Using a cotton ball apply the mixture to any sunburnt areas.
Now that we’ve covered how to treat pre-existing sunburns, let’s talk about how to prevent future ones!
DIY Chemical Free Sunscreen
Most of the ingredients in this DIY sunscreen all have natural SPF qualities to them.
2 Tbs Organic Coconut Oil (SPF 2-8)
1 Tbs Organic Shea Butter (SPF 3-6)
1 Tbs Organic Avocado Oil (SPF 4-15)
1/2 Tbs Organic Sesame Oil
1/2 Tbs Organic Aloe Vera Gel
30 Drops Carrot Seed Oil (SPF 38-40)
Instructions: Melt the coconut oil and shea butter using a double boiler. This involves putting the oils in a bowl that is placed in a pan of hot water. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
what are essential oils?
Even though essential oils have been around for thousands of years, we can enjoy the direct benefits of using essential oils today; through healing properties occurring naturally through the extracted plant substance.
Essential oils have been recorded throughout history to be used to enhance spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental health. The Egyptians were referenced as using cinnamon, myrrh, sandalwood, and frankincense as early as 4500 BC. Scholars in India developed the science of Ayurveda around 3000 BC. These people relied on essential oils in potions using some of today’s favorites, such as ginger and cinnamon.
The use of essential oils for remedies of ailments was recorded by Chinese scholars between 2067 and 2597 BC. However, probably the most common place we read about essential oils is in the Bible. Essential oils are mentioned over two hundred times in the New Testament and Old Testament of the Bible.
how do essential oils work?
If you are a beginner to essential oils, there are three primary ways essential oils enter the body: applied to the skin, inhaled, or ingested. When choosing the right method to use essential oils, always keep in mind the desired result you are wanting and then determine the best application for use. Essential oils can enter the body by being applied to the skin. This method can vary from using a compress, gargling, bath or even massage. It requires several drops of essential oils to be used topically in some manner. It is important to note that most essential oils should not be applied directly to the skin without being diluted.
While people inhale and diffuse essential oils for a variety of reasons, it has been shown that inhalation is most effective and best suited to treat a variety of respiratory complaints. Ingestion of essential oils has had much controversy, I suggest you do the proper research yourself and use safe practices. Cases of death, organ failure and hospitalization in the history of aromatherapy have been caused by ingesting essential oils.
benefits of essential oils
Essential oil benefits come from their antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. These healing oils are rapidly growing in popularity because they act as natural medicine without side effects. In fact, Clove essential oil is so useful as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic that it has been approved for use as a dental anesthetic by the American Dental Association. It is excellent when included in mouthwash recipes, particularly if you suffer from sore, inflamed gums.
While people traditionally see a doctor for an illness and get a prescription drug, many others have awoken to the fact that essential oils can be used in a powerful way, when it comes to healing and supporting the body’s emotional and physical well-being. The biggest question is what oil will work for my body the best. Because we are not all the same, essential oils do not function the same for each of us. If you are looking for a way to reduce the number of chemicals you use in your home, making your own products with essential oils is an excellent choice.
Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.