Summer is in full swing, and for many this is only cause for rejoicing and soaking up that glorious Vitamin D. I, too, love to be out in the sun… and that blazing orb in the sky “loves” my ultra-fair skin. I know those warm rays will leave their mark if given the chance. After all, the light-speed journey takes less than 8.5 minutes from Mr. Sun’s surface to my frail, earthly covering. And while amazing, and inter-galactic, this experience is actually more commonly and painfully, known to us earth-dwellers as… a sunburn.
Dun, dun, duuuuunnnnnnnnn!
On a recent trip to Florida I slyly thwarted the sun’s attempts to fry my sensitive skin, despite spending a great deal of time outdoors from 10:00am-4:00pm when the UV-rays are at their strongest. I spent one day at Clearwater Beach, where I clad myself in sun-protecting armor consisting of swim suit, long-sleeved swim shirt, ankle-length wrap skirt, hat, sunglasses, and my best friend SPF 50.
The results? Minor sunburn on my FEET. Seriously!?! Hahaha, and ugh! The nerve. Well played, Mr. Sun, well played.
On to another day…I’m a farm girl, born and raised, and my sisters and I decided no trip to Florida would be complete without a swim with the cows of the sea. Manatees are so sweet, and thankfully no longer endangered. So, geared up in wetsuits and snorkels, we got our farm-girl-mermaid selves on and swam with the gentle beasts.
After the swim in cool water, I wisely sat under the protection of the boat’s canopy. When the wetsuit, shade, and cool ocean breezes eventually set my teeth to chattering, I abandoned the heavy wetsuit to the bottom of the boat and found relief in a rare moment of basking unreservedly in the sun. The warmth that bloomed over my skin was a relief to the chill I felt, and I calmly surrendered to the moment.
The results? You guessed it…I got burned. But it wasn’t too bad (thank you SPF 50, and yes, I wear sunscreen even under a full-body wetsuit. What? I believe in being prepared).
So, while it IS best to avoid sun over-exposure by employing the use of physical blockers such as tight weave, dark clothing, hats, sunglasses, and sunblock formulas that contain titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, if you do happen to find yourself wounded by the sun’s dastardly rays, I present you with the following mollification.
Sunburn Relief Spray
1 drop Peppermint
1 Tablespoon Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
4 oz water
4 oz Empty Spray Bottle
- Put 1 drop Peppermint oil in the 4 oz bottle, place the funnel in the top to add vinegar and water.
- Put spray top on and shake before each use.
Spray directly onto skin affected by sunburn, anywhere from the neck down, for a subtle cooling sensation. It will promote your body’s natural healing process when dealing with the hot and uncomfortable sensations caused by a sunburn.
Note: I would not advise spraying this directly on your face as it could cause irritation to the eyes. I would suggest using a mixture of vinegar and water on the face in a concentration of 1 tablespoon of vinegar in 4 oz (or ½ cup) water. Put the mixture onto a cotton washcloth and gently pat the skin on the face for relief.
Sunburn Relief Moisturizer
10 drops Lavender
8 drops Frankincense carterii
5 drops Roman Chamomile
1 cup unrefined Coconut Oil
15ml Empty Glass Bottle
Container for end product (Mason Jars work nicely)
- Remove the cap and dropper insert from 15ml empty glass bottle.
- Add drops of Lavender, Frankincense, and Chamomile to the 15 ml empty glass bottle.
- Place the dropper insert back on the 15ml bottle and press firmly until it’s pressed up against the top rim of the glass.
This is your Sunburn Relief Moisturizer Blend
- Measure coconut oil into a small mixing bowl
- Add desired number of drops (see Note below) of Sunburn Relief Moisturizer Blend.
- Using hand held mixer blend on high speed for about 1 minute to create more of a liquid type mixture.
- Put in container of choice for use the next time your skin needs some extra help healing.
Note: Here I’ve done the math (you’re welcome :). I will list the dilution rates and the corresponding number of drops. In general, for something you are spreading over a large surface area I advise no more than a 1% dilution, especially for children and even more so if it’s something you’ve never used before. Remember, essential oils are very potent, and RMO’s are the best I’ve ever used and I find I need to use less of them than other brands for the same effect. Less is more. 🙂
- .5% Dilution: 36 drops per cup coconut oil
- 1% Dilution: 72 drops per cup coconut oil
- 1.5% Dilution: 108 drops per cup coconut oil
- 2% Dilution: 144 drops per cup coconut oil
Place some of the moisturizer in the palm of your hand. Once it melts to a more liquid consistency, apply it to the affected area. Enjoy the soothing effects of a mixture that not only smells lovely, but will also support your body’s natural healing process (it is in need of all the support it can get as it works overtime to heal your skin).
What questions do you have? I’m super passionate about learning about the benefits of essential oils and other products that have made a difference in my life. I would love to help you with any questions you may have!