Essential Oils for Sunburn care

It never fails, no matter how much I reapply the sunblock (on myself or my kids), there’s always a spot that gets sunburnt.


Sure, I could go grab some of that gooey green stuff that they’re trying to pass off as ‘aloe’ – its rare I can find 100% real aloe at a local store, make sure you check the label since the green goopy stuff is full of chemicals and other unsavory ingredients!


But since I have nature’s first aid kit at my disposal, so why not make some essential oil remedies to help get the sunburn sting out and start healing our skin.

First, here’s a short list of some of the most coveted essential oils for sunburns. These are pretty popular oils that you’re likely to have in stock already.

  • Lavender

  • Geranium

  • Chamomile

  • Peppermint

  • Tea Tree


DIY Aloe Gel Treatment

4 tsp pure aloe vera gel

1 tsp arnica oil

15 drops lavender oil

5 drops peppermint oil

Combine ingredients and mix thoroughly. Use cotton ball to apply to burnt area.


Homemade Sunburn Spray

1/2 cup witchhazel

2 TBS pure aloe vera gel

10 drops lavender oil

5 drops peppermint oil or tea tree oil

4 oz spray bottle

Add ingredients into spray bottle and shake to mix. Spray!


Relieving Lavender Compress

2 cups cold water

4-6 drops of lavender oil

Mix well in bowl and soak a washcloth (and wring it out so it won’t drip), apply to the sunburnt area. Relief!


Healing Bath Treatment

1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar

12 drops of lavender oil

Vinegar is your friend, it prevents the pain sensation and the peeling that come with sunburn. You can even apply it directly to the affected area.

Fill your tub with warm water and add the mixture, agitating the water to disperse it. Soak for 30 minutes.


After-Sun Oil

  • 10 drops lavender
  • 5 drops chamomile
  • 2 drops geranium
  • 3 TBS of coconut oil

Coconut oil does great things for your skin and body. Combine ingredients and slather on to the sunburnt area.