Using Essential Oils to Treat a Sunburn

Its summer and despite all precautions I ended up with a sunburn last week. I hate trying to sleep at night when your hot and cold all at the same time! I finally had enough and got up and rubbed lavender all over me and within minutes I was back to sleep! Lavender oil really take the heat out of the burn. I think it works WAY better then Aloe Vera.  It will actually works on any burn – not just sunburns.

If you are burned really bad you can also soak in a tub with a mixture about 10 drops lavender oil, 5 drops peppermint oil, and 1 tsp jojoba oil. Just make sure the water is not too warm.

If I could only have 1 oil for the rest of my life -it would be lavender! This is what we use lavender for in our house:

  • Burns – all non major types
  • Aches and pains – rub directly onto where you hurt
  • Restlessness and Insomnia – rub on legs and feet at night. Funny story – my kids call this “sleepy oil” because it helps them sleep so much better. At one time Caleb hid my bottle so I couldn’t use it to make him go to sleep faster 🙂
  • Cuts – my boys love this on their minor cuts. It helps cut the pain and also helps fight infection, as well as help scarring.
  • Earaches. For babies with ear infections you can add a few drops of lavender oil to coconut oil or olive and rub that into the skin around their ears
  • Menstrual cramps – rub lavender oil into your lower abdomen and then place a heating pad over where it hurts

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Comments (4)

  • I’m curious if you use straight lavender oil or dilute/combine with other ingredients. I’m especially curious for the sunburn remedy but also for the other remedies you mentioned.

  • I’m sure you’re already aware, but melaluca or tea tree oil is also great for healing burns and cuts. It’s antiseptic too which is great for an open wound, and it also helps with pain and scarring. But I’m with you, if I could have just one oil in my house it would be lavender, and my second oil would be tea tree.

  • Oh! I will have to go get some of this and have it on hand at home. I LOVE lavender and am so happy to see there are so many uses for it!

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