I was recently in Arizona for my son's baseball tournament. It was fun but it was HOT! In between games we enjoyed the pool and despite having sunscreen on my shoulders got burned. Typically, my arms look a bit like a paint strip pale on the top and increasingly darker as you move along towards the fingers because I run in a t-shirt. Those pale shoulders don't see much sun. I didn't have all my oils with me in AZ but I did soothe that burn with some lavender and frankincense. At home I make a soothing after sun spray that helps soothe and heal skin. Next time I head to AZ I'll make sure to bring along a batch just in case.
This spray contains aloe, calming lavender, soothing chamomile hydrosol, and several other skin healing oils. It's easy to spray on and is especially nice if you keep it in the refrigerator. The cooling effects of peppermint essential oil can be refreshing -- but you can leave it out if you don't like that sensation or have sensitive skin.
To a 30ml dark spray bottle add:
15 ml of German chamomile hydosol or distilled water
15 ml of aloe gel or juice (preferably organic)
10 drops of lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil
3 drops of Melaleuca (Tea Tree) ( Melaleuca alternafolia) essential oil
2 drops of peppermint (Mentha x piperita) essential oil
1 drop of helichrysm (Helichrysum italicum) essential oil (optional)
Combine all ingredients, Cap bottle. Mix gently to combine.
Shake gently before using. Spray as needed on sunburned or irritated skin. Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator (very refreshing on a hot day!).
Chamomile hydrosol is very healing and gentle on the skin. It is the water part that is left over after distilling essential oils -- but if you don't have it don't worry, distilled water is fine. Aloe is well know for it's skin soothing properties. Lavender is calming and soothing and used often for burns and skin irritations. Helichrysm is great for the skin and is often used in skin products and research has shown is helpful in treating skin trauma. Peppermint has analgesic and cooling properties but may irritate the skin -- if you like a mild cooling and numbing sensation of peppermint try it, if not leave it out.
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What natural remedies do you use when you've had too much sun?