It’s summer!! That means sun kissed skin and maybe even sun burned skin, dry skin, and over heated skin. This after sun oil recipe is soothing and hydrating to skin that has had too much exposure to summer weather. The herbs used in the oil are cooling and healing to the tissues of the skin and are often used in recipes for treating burns. The essential oils in the recipe are also known for their tissue repairing effects after the damage of too much heat and sun.
This oil is not for severe sunburns, severe sunburns need to be treated carefully. If you have a severe and painful sunburn you need to cool it down with cool water baths for the first 4-6 hours after the burn. And drink lots of water to avoid dehydration. Applying aloe to the burn may also help in between the cool water baths.
This After Sun Summer Oil recipe is for mild sunburns, dry skin, wind chapped skin, skin that has had too summer weather exposure or when a severe burn no longer hurts and is in the healing stage.
It can help to repair and restore skin to its natural balance.
I slather it on myself during the summer even when I do not have a sunburn because my skin loves to drink up the herbal infused oils that help it to hydrate, cool, and repair.
The Healing Herbs in the Mix
Calendula-These happy little flowers are well known for there skin healing abilities from bruises to burns. They are considered cooling in the Aryuvedic tradition, which is exactly what sunburned skin needs.
Lavender-Another herb well known for it’s benefit in skincare, lavender can help soothe weather beaten skin with its analgesic properties and helps repair the skin after exposure to heat and sun.
Chamomile-An anti-inflammatory known for its healing affinity towards the skin offers its ability to cool and soothe.
The Nurturing Oils
Sunflower Oil-Many of the carrier oils could be used but sunflower and apricot are two oils that always work. Sunflower is high in Vitamin E, making it great for the skin and apricot oil is also known to be high in anti inflammatories (helps cool the skin) and contains anti oxidants to fight against free radical damage. Another great oil is Jojoba Oil.
The Essential Oils
Lavender Essential Oil-Known for its ability to soothe and heal skin that has been burned.
Carrot Seed Essential Oil-Is used for its ability to repair sun damaged skin and possibly in helping to reverse precancerous skin cells.
Geranium Essential Oil-Is used for its soothing and healing affinity for the skin.
There many choices of essential oils that would be good in this mix, like like frankincense, peppermint, or spearmint, so get creative!
After Sun Oil Recipe
4oz Sunflower or Apricot Oil
A couple drops Lavender EO, Geranium EO, and Carrot Seed EO
A Mini Croc Pot or double broiler
1. Combine your carrier oil and dried herbs into your croc pot or double broiler and set on low for at least 40min. I do a couple hours on a low setting. Make sure to keep your oil on the lowest setting. If you see any bubbles, its too hot.
2. After a couple hours, turn off heat, and allow the oil/herb mix to cool. Then strain through your cheesecloth into a glass measuring cup.
3. Add a few drops of your essential oils.
4. Pour into a massage or lotion pump bottle or glass bottle of your choosing.
Wondering what to do with the leftover herbs in the cheesecloth? I’ve got an idea!
You now have a wonderful After Sun Oil infused with healing herbs for mild sunburns or summer exposed skin.
*Please note this is not a remedy for severe sunburns. Please take the necessary steps to treat severely sunburned skin, and take precaution not to let this happen!
I keep a bottle around during the summer, we use it on sunburns, dry skin, rough feet, cheeks that have too much wind, or for generally thirsty skin. I love knowing that as I use it my skin is drinking up nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that help it rejuvenate, repair and maintain health. I also love being able to give my friends and family something when they show up a little too kissed by the sun.
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