No matter how careful we are, it seems that we just can’t get through summer without a least one episode of sunburn; even a mild one.
You’re most likely already familiar with the naturally cooling and skin healing effects of Aloe Vera gel, but did you know that you’ll have even better results if you add a few drops of Lavender essential oil to your Aloe Vera gel? In this blog post, I share the many benefits of real, organic Aloe Vera gel.
Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) is the most effective essential oil for treating and healing a sunburn or windburn. It offers a delightfully fresh and soothing effect. When Aloe Vera gel and Lavender essential oil are used together, it not only cools hot skin but helps to decrease pain, prevent infection, reduce inflammation and lessen skin peeling.
Burned skin is tender, so I recommend a spray instead of dabbing or rubbing.
Liz’s Sunburn Soother Spray
1 ounce (30 ml) of preservative-free, non-GMO, organic Aloe Vera gel
1 ounce (30 ml) of Lavender Hydrosol
20 drops Lavender essential oil (L. angustifolia)
Instructions: Combine the Aloe vera gel, the Lavender hydrosol, and the Lavender essential oil into a a 2-oz spray bottle. If you don’t have Lavender hydrosol, you can use a full 2 oz of the Aloe Vera gel. Keep this blend in the fridge. Double the recipe and make two bottles, one for home and one for work for a mid-day face refresher/cleanser (keep away from the eyes).
And finally, here’s a light yet very informative sunburn blog post written by Christine, a Midwest doctor.