Many of us are aware of the importance of protecting ourselves from excessive sun exposure, especially in the summer months. Sunburns are caused by the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays and the amount of exposure required to cause a burn depends on the individual, the geographical location, the time, and the atmospheric conditions.
Most sunburns are first-degree burns that cause the skin to become red, warm, and tender to the touch. It is important to remember that symptoms do not necessarily appear while you are in the sun; they may begin from one hour to twenty-four hours after sun exposure, and usually reach their peak in two to three days.
Prevention in the best medicine in this case as in many. Wearing sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or higher is the utmost importance while you are outside during peak hours. There may still be times though that you notice at the end of the day that you have a sunburn.
There are a number of natural remedies that can give relief for minor sunburn. There is an aromatherapy blend I use often for its multiple purposes and it is great for soothing mild sunburns. You will need to blend 3 drops of lavender oil, 3 drops of Roman chamomile oil, 1 drop of peppermint oil and 1 tbsp of jojoba oil. Keep in mind that this is the ratio of the blend and I usually prepare at least a half a cup at a time. These oils are great for treating sunburn because of its anti-inflammatory properties as well as it’s skin regenerative/healing abilities.
Keep in mind that these oils are also very effective in treating headaches (especially if you add a drop of rosemary), intestinal upset, insomnia, and well as stress and anxiety.