Summer is finally here and that means days at the beach or pool, hiking, camping, gardening, and simply enjoying time outdoors in the sun. Even though we all know to use sunscreen as protection when needed (a little sunshine is actually good for you), sunburns sometimes do happen.
If you or one of your kids ends up with a sunburn, I’ve got a wonderful homemade sunburn relief cream with essential oils that will help soothe your burn and speed healing.
This homemade lotion is so luxuriously wonderful, you may want to use it as a daily skin softening lotion instead of just for sunburns!
What you’ll need to make this Homemade Sunburn Relief Cream:
- 1 cup of coconut oil (I use this brand, but this one is also great)
- 1/2 cup of Aloe Vera Gel
- Lavender essential oil
- tea tree oil, optional
- hand mixer (or stand mixer)
- Plastic or Glass storage container
First add 1 cup of the coconut oil to your mixing bowl. Then add 1/2 cup of aloe vera gel. Add 10-15 drops of lavender essential oil and peppermint essential oil each. If you have tea tree oil on hand, you can also add some of that, as it has healing qualities for burns. Use a whisk and mix all of these ingredients together.
Side note: I have used lavender oil before for burns that result in blisters (from my glue gun for example.) The lavender oil does miracles to take away the burning pain and to speed up healing! Whether its a second degree burn, or minor sunburn, lavender is something to always have on hand!
When I added my coconut oil, it was about 80 degrees in my house. Coconut oil has a very low melting point (77 degrees F), so you may find your jar of coconut oil being half melted in your pantry in the warmer months. Because my coconut oil was half melted and lumpy – I decided to put it on my stove burner on low for a few minutes until the lotion mixture (oil, aloe and essential oils) was completely lump free and smooth.
Once your mixture is smooth, let it cool to room temperature.
Now it’s time to make your mixture a luxurious lotion by whipping it. Get out your mixer and mix your lotion for 5-7 minutes, until you get a creamy white lotion texture.
This homemade sunburn relief cream with essential oils looks almost good enough to eat! And it feels wonderful on your skin!
I had some small plastic storage containers that I put my homemade sunburn relief cream with essential oils in. This is a great size to add to your beach bag or pack for a camping trip!
This recipe makes more than enough to fill a small glass container with more to spare. I had enough that I could fit it into a small mason jar too.
If you want your homemade sunburn relief cream with essential oils to keep that beautiful whipped consistency, keep it in a room cooler than 70 degrees. Otherwise, the lotion will melt (from the coconut oil). It will still work just as well, but it won’t be as creamy. If it does melt, you can simply rewhip it. Another option is to store it in the refrigerator to maintain the whipped texture; the cool lotion will feel great on hot skin!
This homemade sunburn relief cream with essential oils really does help to sooth and heal burns. Give it a try, your skin will thank you!
Looking for more ways to use essential oils in some homemade bath and beauty products?
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- Homemade Epsom Salt Foot Soak with Lavender
- How I Cleared My Acne with Essential Oils and Coconut Oil