3 Essential Oil Treatments for Sunburn

Summer is here, and many people, despite their best efforts, will get a sunburn.

Hopefully, it will only look worse than it feels.

The good news is that there are multiple, essential oil based remedies that you can use to treat your sunburn. Using essential oils to treat your sunburn will provide a welcome relief from the pain and speed up your healing time. Your skin will be healthier and softer than before – and who knows? You might even have a nice tan left over!

First, here is a short list of the top 5 most effective essential oils for treating sunburn. Since most of these are pretty popular, the chances are that you will already have them in your collection!

  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Tea Tree
  • Peppermint
  • Chamomile

 

  1. The Soothe Your Burn Bath Blend

What you’ll need:

  • 1 teaspoon of milk
  • 3-5 drops of chamomile essential oil
  • 3-5 drops of lavender essential oil

Directions:

As you fill your bathtub with water, mix your ingredients together in a small, glass bowl. After the tub is filled, pour the mixture into your tub and agitate the water to evenly disperse the oils. Soak in your tub for minimum of 20 minutes or longer – if you so desire. If any droplets of oil gather on the surface of your bath water, rub them gently into your skin.

It is also beneficial to apply the same blend directly to your skin after you have gotten out of the bathtub and dried off.

  1. Soothing Cold Compress

What you’ll need:

  • Cold water
  • 5-7 drops of chamomile essential oil
  • A clean, soft cloth

Directions:

Two cups of cold water should be added to a glass bowl along with the essential oil. Stir the mixture well to evenly disperse the oils. The cloth should then be saturated with the mixture and wrung out just enough to ensure that it won’t drip when removed from the bowl. The cloth should then be applied to the sunburned areas of skin.

  1. Simple and Effective Topical Sunburn Application

What you’ll need:

  • 8 tablespoons of plain, Greek yogurt
  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops of geranium (or tea tree) essential oil

Directions:

The essential oils and yogurt should be mixed together thoroughly in a non-reactive bowl. A cotton ball should then be used to apply the mixture to the affected areas of skin.

**This mixture can be safely applied to the skin once every 3-4 hours; however, it should not be applied more often in order to prevent the essential oils from irritating the skin.



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