See, my daughter Katie loves the outdoors. She’s been pining for the heat of Texas for months, and this weekend she got her fill… resulting in a sunburn.
Our friend Dave took us out on his boat on Saturday to enjoy Lake Travis. After several long years of draught the lake is back up to normal levels. It was a perfect day full of sun, music, fishing and swimming in a quiet cove. The perfect anecdote to months of too much indoors… except for the sunburn.
We didn’t know it was all that bad until later that day when Katie bared her red skin inside later that afternoon. It didn’t look that bad while we were on the Lake! (Isn’t that always the case?)
Now that we have plenty of oils in the house for whatever may come, we consulted some trusty resources and Googled some recipes for soothing sunburn by natural means. Thanks to the Everyday Oils Kit and the accumulation of other necessary singles and blends, we had everything oily we needed. The usual recommendation is to use lavender and peppermint to cool the redness and heat, which we did.
1. Black Tea, Lavender, and Peppermint Essential Oils Spritzer
A little more digging unearthed the remedy of applying black tea to the sunburn, so Katie made some strong black tea and added both peppermint and lavender. She set to spritzing every few minutes, and continued to look for more solutions.
2. Aloe Vera
I know real aloe straight from the plant is best, however the aloe plant on my back porch was nearly destroyed in last spring’s storm. I doubted we had enough of the natural gooey substance to treat her whole body. Yesterday morning after church we stopped at Whole foods and picked up a gel containing Aloe Vera. I checked the labels and determined the one that contains the most pure and natural aloe. We bought the best quality bottled Aloe Vera and Katie alternated it with the black tea mixture.
3. Finally, Coconut Oil
Last night, exactly 24 hours after realizing the extent of her sunburn, she added some coconut oil (spiked with Lavender) to the rotation, and finally felt like she was winning the sunburn battle.
Of course the best way to deal with the sun is to limit your exposure (Dave’s puppy Maxine knew better, and took a siesta under the captain’s chair!) and to wear a natural sunscreen… Next time.
It’s a good idea to have some of these most elemental essential oils on hand for every day emergencies like sunburn and a whole host of other things. The Everyday Oils kit is a wonderful way to stock up and make sure you have what you need handy. Please contact me for a quick chat about all they can do, and how to get a kit of your own.