Lavender Essential Oil for Sunburn
Sunburns can be first or second degree burns. You can use Lavender essential oil for sunburns to ease the pain and heal faster. The problem with a sunburn is, it doesn't always show up right away. They can sneak up on you an hour later or even the next day. You may need to seek medical help for real severe sunburns.
Some drugs make your skin more sensitive to the sun and you burn easier. Ask your pharmacist if anything you take is a problem.
I often forget to watch the time when I'm outside and end up regretting it. It's not bad if it's only a small area, but when it's a big area , it's just plain uncomfortable.
I just put pure lavender essential oil on it,
(undiluted or neat) if it's a small area like shoulders or the nose. I also love the smell of it, so that's a bonus!
On a big area you may not want to use it straight from the bottle. It's a good idea to cool the area down. Cool not cold compresses with lavender essential oil in the water is great for cooling and easing the burn. Lavender helps the skin to heal, and can help prevent scarring.
Another way that helps is take a bath in lukewarm or cool water with 10 or more drops of lavender in it. This smells great, is relaxing and feels oh so good! Not to mention it hurts to scrub or get off the dirt after a day playing in the garden. I just try to soak it off first.
Or try a bath with a handful of baking soda and lavender. Soak for 1/2 an hour and let your skin cool and heal.
A Oatmeal Lavender bath is also soothing to the skin. Toss a handful of oatmeal in lukewarm bath water with about 10 drops of lavender essential oil and soak for at least 1/2 hour. Apply straight lavender or one of the lavender mixtures to the sunburn after you get out.
Personally, I don't think there's anything out there that is better than lavender essential oil for sunburns.
Avoid fatty oils, petroleum jelly, or other greasy stuff on real bad burns because the oil can make the skin fry. (it traps in the heat and causes the burn to continue) But later, or with first degree burns you can mix it in a carrier oil and apply to your skin. The general rule is 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp. of carrier oil. There's a few carrier oils that actually are known for helping with scars and sunburns. But almost any of the oils will help replace the oil and nourish the skin. Or just add a few drops to a good lotion. I like the smell of unrefined coconut oil.
Lavender Coconut oil is another way to use lavender essential oil for sunburns. Coconut melts at 76 degrees, melt 4 ounces of coconut oil, add 40 drops of lavender oil, mix and pour in a clean jar and cap. Let it cool and it's ready to use. This is good for first degree sunburns or just as a nice skin oil.
Sometimes I just mix about 10 drops of lavender oil and about 1/2 cup of water in a spray bottle and mist. Distilled water can be used, but I just use filtered water from my tap if I don't have distilled. Well actually I do this even when I don't have a sunburn just because I enjoy the smell so much and I like how it makes me feel.
1/2 cup Aloe gel or juice mixed with about 10 or more drops of lavender applied to a sunburn is very soothing. Both the aloe and the lavender are very healing. The aloe juice is actually thin enough that you can use a spray bottle.
Let some black, green, or chamomile tea cool and add a few drops of lavender essential oil to it. The tea and the lavender both have antiseptic properties. Soak in the tub with this in, or spray it on the sunburn.
Try not to burst the blisters, no matter how fun you find it. I find this hard not to do when the sunburn is healing and itching.