How to Soothe Sunburns using Essential Oils

It’s nice to soak up a little sun and it’s beneficial, providing Vitamin D and even improving your mood.

Too much sun, though, is not much fun. Long days at the beach, walking in the park, participating in outdoor sports, and barbecuing in the backyard can lead to sunburn. Even when you’re consistently using sunblock, there’s still a chance of ending the day with a painful sunburn, which can lead to skin damage and premature wrinkles.

Using essential oils is a soothing solution for over exposure to the sun. They have anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and antioxidant properties that work together to heal the skin and help prevent damage from free radicals.

Before applying topically, mix a few drops of essential oils with carrier oil.

You can use any carrier oil, but coconut is a good choice for sunburn. It’s hydrating, prevents peeling, and heals skin damage.

Argan oil is a soothing choice for sunburn. It moisturizes and revitalizes your skin, plus it’s a free radical neutralizer and helps decrease the appearance of wrinkles. Vitality Extracts also carries almond and jojoba oils to blend with your essential oils.

Here are some essential oils that work well on sunburn:

Peppermint Oil: relieves pain naturally and draws out the heat you may experience with over exposure to the sun, giving a cooling and numbing effect, and providing immediate relief. It has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic properties.

Another bonus with peppermint is that if you experience headaches from too much sun, it helps with that, too.

Lavender: is antiseptic, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory, which help you heal quicker from the burn and prevent infection. It also reduces redness, soreness, swelling, and itchiness. Like peppermint, it helps cool and soothe the burned skin.

Frankincense: is a dynamite healer, healing at a cellular level. It’s regenerative and reduces inflammation and scarring.

Eucalyptus: cools your sunburn, draws out the heat, relieves pains, helps you heal quickly, and prevents infection. It contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

Ways to treat your sunburn with essential oils:


Of course, it’s best to avoid staying in the sun too long and the lighter your skin tone, the more likely you are to burn. Those days when you’re outdoors and end up with a bit of a burn, using essential oils is a natural, non-toxic way to ease the pain and keep your skin healthy.

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  • Charlotte Ward

    Thank you for this , I will try this.

  • Jenny Ducharme

    So I used eucalyptus, lavender and peppermint with a homemade coconut oil and aloe vera lotion on a sunburn I got on my shoulder and neck. I applied it at least 3x daily and within 2 days the pain from the sunburn was gone and within 4 days the sunburn was fading into tanned skin. I am paler and burn fairly easily so I am pretty vigilant about using sunscreen and if I get any burn it almost always peels. This worked so well I have been using the mixture with my lotion as a daily moisturizer after my shower. Love vitality extracts oils!

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  • Bs

    Enjoy learning about all the good things to help my skin.Thanks!!