Sunburns are no fun but you can make your own natural healing ointment with essential oils. See the list below of essential oils and how they’re best used to create your own concoction. Note that a little goes a long way and essential oils need to be mixed in with a carrier (ex: aloe vera gel, extra virgin olive oil, etc).
- Lavender – If you’re just going to use one essential oil for your sunburn, this should be it. And if you’re going to make a blend, I’d highly recommend including it. Lavender is calming to the skin and nervous system and is also antiseptic. It’s particularly indicated for burns and sunburns.
- Peppermint – Peppermint is cooling to the skin when applied in small doses and antiseptic. Key words: small doses. If using it in a blend, have the bulk of the oil composition be Lavender (or a similar, gentle essential oil) with just a small concentration of peppermint (or other cooling oil).
- Chamomile – You could use Roman or German chamomile, as both are good for burns and wound care. I personally prefer German chamomile, as it’s incredibly gentle.
- Geranium – Geranium is widely used in skincare. It can be particularly beneficial for burns.
- Sandalwood – Sandalwood can support irritated and inflamed skin.
- Neroli – Neroli is great for sensitive skin in general and has antiseptic properties.
- Eucalyptus – Like Peppermint, Eucalyptus has a cooling effect on the skin in small doses and has antibacterial and anti-infectious properties.
- Tea tree – Tea tree oil is like nature’s first aid kit. It has antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties, making it helpful in preventing infections. If the sunburn is severe, it’s a great option. It also has a cooling effect in small doses.
We carry a variety of essential oils and our staff can help you determine what’s best for your needs if you’re not sure. Stop by our store in Torrance or call us to place an order.