So, Summer seems to have arrived! Even if it is only for a week… Good ole’ British weather!
I was out in the garden for about 2 hours yesterday morning and I am already burnt. It didn’t help that I was driving around with my arm out of the window so one arm and shoulder is much worse than the other.
I am terrible when it comes to sunburn. I hate being in pain. I am an absolute wimp, so I love finding new ways to soothe pain in as many natural ways as possible. I have quite sensitive skin in some areas and I also suffer from eczema on my face (lucky me) so if I can avoid anything that is too harsh on my skin then that is a bonus.
I keep a large Aloe Vera plant that is a god send at summertime. Although it doesn’t provide long term relief, it is really nice to take the edge off. Given this, I do understand that not many people have green fingers and don’t keep plants or don’t have access to Aloe Vera, so I thought, if I am going to give my opinion on something, I need to try these things out myself.
So I started using essential oils too! I know I write a lot of things about essential oils, but they are great and they are everywhere. A lot of people don’t believe in their healing properties, but next time you are shopping for medicines, or skin care products, take a look at the ingredients. No doubt you will find some essential oils in there.
I have made a list of the best (in my opinion) essential oils that are great for relieving the effects of sunburn.
You don’t have to have bottles upon bottles of these pure essential oils on your shelves. But If you do, you can add drops to your bath, to your regular lotions, you could even make your own massage oils.
Alternatively, when you go shopping, look for products with these essential oils included.
Chamomile is known for its calming effects, for the mind and the skin. It is an anti-inflammatory and also has antioxidant properties which helps the body to continue regulating the enzymes that protect against all sorts of long term and short-term skin inflammation, including sunburn. It will help to reduce the swelling and the redness.
Try brewing some chamomile tea and let it cool down. Then you can either pour the tea directly over the sunburn or alternatively make a cold compress.
Peppermint is a wonderful oil. The menthol found in peppermint has a cooling agent which may help to relieve minor sunburn for an hour or so. So, use this when the pain is at its peak.
When I take a cold bath or shower, I will use peppermint soap on my sunburn. Not only does it help cool down my skin, but the butters in the soap help to soften the skin and prevent it from drying out.
Peppermint can also help to relieve headaches caused by too much sun. Place a couple of drops of diluted peppermint oil onto your forehead or temples to help relieve the pain.
Lavender oil is full of antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It promotes new skin growth and improves the healing process. It also has a cooling effect when applied to the skin, which is great when your skin feels like it is on fire.
Lavender is one oil that can be used topically without the need to dilute it first. This means it is great for those with sensitive skin. (I do still recommend diluting, always the safest option).
Making a spray mist is lovely and refreshing when you have sunburn, add 5-10 drops of Lavender essential oil to half a cup of water and place in a spray bottle. You can then keep this in the fridge too for that extra cooling feeling.
Tea tree is a great healing product thanks to its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps to speed up the healing process and protects and soothes the skin during the healing process.
Tea tree can prevent infections from occurring from nasty sun burn blisters and will also keep your skin nice and hydrated which in turn will also prevent peeling.
In addition to the above, Tea Tree also works as an analgesic, this helps with natural pain relief from the burning and stinging sensation that comes with sunburn.
I suggest putting some drops of Tea Tree oil in your bath or add some to a massage oil.
Geranium has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits, it can help in speeding up wound healing, and help to treat skin conditions such as dermatitis and eczema, so it is great for those with sensitive skin.
It has been proven to be as useful as a sedative and nerve tonic and can be used to provide powerful pain relief from sunburn.
It is also great at attracting moisture and holding it to the skin which will help to keep your skin hydrated and prevent it drying out and becoming damaged.
Add a couple of drops of geranium oil to your lotions and moisturisers.
So, give some of these oils a try, their cooling effects and pain-relieving properties are most definitely welcome during this hot weather.
Just be sure to dilute pure essential oils before applying to the skin.
I hope these oils help to make your summer more bearable.
Take a look at our range of essential oils here.