Natural Sunburn Relief: The Magick of Aloe & Lavender

Natural Sunburn Relief

Summer is officially here, bringing with it long days of sunshine and outdoor fun. While we all love soaking up those warm rays, it’s easy to spend a bit too much time in the sun and end up with a sunburn. Sunburns can be painful and damaging to your skin, so it’s always good to have a soothing remedy ready to go. 

Why Choose a Natural Alternative?

Commercial sunburn remedies are a popular go when you’re feeling the burn. But they often contain chemicals that can be harsh on your skin and the environment. By making your own after sun care, you can ensure that what you’re putting on your skin is natural, safe, and effective. Plus, it’s a fun way to have some fun in the kitchen!

When it comes to soothing a sunburn, many people turn to popular commercial remedies like Solarcaine Aloe Extra Burn Relief Spray, Banana Boat Aloe After Sun Lotion, or Neutrogena Sun Rescue After Sun Rehydrating Spray. While these products promise relief, they often contain chemicals that can be harsh on already sensitive, sunburned skin. Ingredients like lidocaine, which numbs pain, can be beneficial, but others like SD alcohol 40 and various fragrances can dry out the skin and cause irritation. Preservatives like phenoxyethanol and parabens, found in many of these products, can lead to allergic reactions or other adverse effects. Opting for a natural sunburn remedy can help you avoid these chemicals and treat your skin more gently and effectively.

Homemade Sunburn Remedy Recipe

As someone who is sensitive to chemicals and many over the counter items, I tend to look for or create my own herbal remedies. If you’re interested in a more natural approach to healing your sunburn, let me introduce you to simple but effective recipe I use. It includes fresh aloe vera, lavender essential oil, and coconut oil. These ingredients are known for their soothing, hydrating, and healing properties, and are relatively easy to get if you don’t already have them in your home. Here’s how you can make your own:

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup fresh aloe vera gel
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (solid at room temperature)
  • 10-15 drops of organic lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia or Lavandula officinalis)
Instructions:
  1. Prepare the Ingredients:
    • If you have an aloe vera plant, cut a leaf, slice off the spines on the side, cut in half lengthwise and scoop out the gel. If not, you can use store-bought pure aloe vera gel.
    • Measure out your coconut oil. If it’s too solid, you can soften it slightly by placing it in a warm area.
  2. Blend Together:
    • Combine the aloe vera gel, coconut oil, and lavender essential oil in a bowl.
    • Use a milkshake blender, hand mixer, or even a fork to blend the ingredients until smooth and well combined.
  3. Store and Use:
    • Pour the mixture into a clean, airtight container.
    • Store in the refrigerator for an extra cooling effect when you apply it.
    • Apply generously to your sunburned skin every 30 minutes or as needed for relief.

Benefits of Each Ingredient:

  • Aloe Vera Gel: Known for its soothing and healing properties, aloe vera helps to hydrate and repair sunburned skin.
  • Coconut Oil: Provides deep moisturization and helps to restore the skin’s natural barrier.
  • Lavender Essential Oil: Not only does it give a calming scent, but lavender also has antibacterial properties and can soothe irritated skin.

Enjoy the sun safely this summer my friends! And if the sunburn gets you, save this homemade remedy handy. It’s definitely a lifesaver!