No matter how careful we are, it’s hard to get through a summer without a least one episode of sunburn; even a mild one.

Most of you are probably familiar with Aloe vera as a natural cooling and healing agent, but did you know that you’ll have even better results by adding Lavender essential oil to your aloe?

Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) is the most effective essential oil for treating and healing a sunburn.  It gives a nice cooling effect for both sunburn and windburn. Used together, Lavender and aloe vera not only cool the skin, but decrease pain, help prevent infection, reduce inflammation and lessen peeling.

Burned skin is tender, so I recommend a spray instead of dabbing or rubbing.

Liz’s Sunburn Soother Recipe

4 ounces Lavender hydrosol (or water)
20 drops essential oil of Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)
2 tsp Organic Aloe Vera (try to get the pure organic kind rather than the thick colored drug story variety)

Combine the essential oil and aloe vera in a spray bottle with the Lavender hydrosol.  If you don’t have hydrosol, water is fine.  Keep your remedy in the fridge and shake well before each use.

And finally, here’s a light yet very informative sunburn blog post written by Christine, a Midwest doctor.

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