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.

You’re most likely already familiar with wonderful Aloe Vera Gel as a natural cooling and healing agent, but did you know that you’ll have even better results if you add a few drops of Lavender essential oil to your Aloe?

Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) is the most effective essential oil for treating and healing sunburn. It offer a delightful refreshing effect effect or both sunburn and windburn. Used together, Lavender and Aloe Vera Gel not only cool the skin but decrease pain, help prevent infection, reduce inflammation and lessen the peeling of skin.

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

Liz’s Sunburn Soother Recipe

4 ounces Lavender hydrosol
20 drops essential oil of Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
2 tsp Organic Aloe Vera (be sure to buy pure organic Aloe rather than the synthetic drug store variety – I tell you why in this blog post)

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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