Last post we talked about how to naturally protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun. But let’s face it, try as we may, sometimes sunburns happen. I have become well acquainted with this over the years, unfortunately, due to my super fair skin.

Aloe Vera gel is always great to apply to sunburned skin, and adding some Essential Oils (EOs) can really boost the healing and comfort effects.

Lavender essential oil has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, among many others, making it an excellent choice is treating burned skin. It will soothe and help relieve the pain while actually healing the burn. I didn’t put on sunscreen at the park the other day and got a pretty good burn on my back. I had my husband rub several drops of lavender on my back, neat, before going to bed. In the morning, the redness and pain were gone!!

Peppermint essential oil also has anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties. In addition, it’s menthol content provides a nice cooling effect to the heat of sunburned skin.

What you will need for this soothing gel for sunburns:

  • A small glass jar (I used a 4oz Ball jar)
  • 4 oz pure Aloe Vera gel
  • 30-40 drops YL lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops YL peppermint essential oil
  • Vitamin E

Squeeze the aloe into the jar. The 4oz jars are nice because you can just fill up the jar if using a large bottle of Aloe Vera gel. Next, drop in your essential oils and a bit of Vitamin E. I don’t really measure Vitamin E, but I would guess that I drop in about 1/8 of a teaspoon. Stir well with a metal spoon to combine.

You can certainly cut the recipe in half as well, if you don’t think you’ll need much.

**To preserve the therapeutic properties of the oils, store in a cool, dry place. For even more cooling effect, you can store your after sun soother in the refrigerator.

{Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. This is for informational purposes only and not intended to diagnose. All information is obtained from the Essential Oils Desk Reference from Life Science Publishing.}