Essential oil for Sunburn (with recipes)

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Summer is the most awaited and enjoyable season for the people who live in the countries where winter stays long. We like to spend our time under the sun and loves to lay down on a beach watching a beautiful seashore. As the sun is clear with bright sunlight, our skin gets suntan and sunburn which looks ugly.  

Sunburn or suntan occurs when you are exposed to the sun, and this usually occurs during summer. Suntan and sunburn look horrible, especially on the shoulder, hands, and legs.

Before trying to soothe sunburn, everybody must focus on prevention.

 In this article, we will discuss everything about essential oil for Sunburn. Its causes, prevention, home remedies, and how essential oil helps- keep reading this article for the complete solution through essential oil for sunburn.

Different essential oil recipes for prevention and treat sunburn:

  1. Tea tree essential oil

Take 3 drops of undiluted tea tree essential oil on fingers and gently apply and massage on the affected skin area. Repeat this process 2-3 times every day until the affected skin area gets to its normal condition (i.e- no pain and burning sensation).

  • Spray recipe

Take one ounce of purified water and pour it in a spray glass bottle with ½ teaspoon of aloe vera carrier oil.

Now add 2 to 4 drops of lavender essential oil and 1 drop of helichrysum essential oil in this water. Make sure to dilute the solution well by shaking it well.

Spritz the solution on the affected skin area. You must use this 2-3 times per day for better results. Repeat this process daily till your skin becomes normal and redness and pain disappear.

  • Sunscreen recipe

You will need 5 different types of essential oil to make effective sunscreen for protection and treat sunburn. Below all the essential oil required are mentioned.

You will need 4 ounces of coconut carrier oil, 12 drops of roman chamomile essential oil, 10 drops of lavender essential oil, 10 drops of helichrysum essential oil, and 8 drops of myrrh essential oil.

Now, when you have all the required essential oil in the right amount; let’s start making sunscreen.

Pour the coconut carrier oil into a small glass bottle and mix all the other essential oils in that and string it to mix them well.

The mixture of this essential oil should be kept in a tightly closed dark color glass bottle and in a refrigerator in between of its uses.

Before going out in sun, apply this solution to the skin. For the best result and protection apply sunscreen every 2-3 hours when you are continuously outside under the sun.

  • Sunblock recipe

We are going to see the powerful sunblock recipe that prevents the skin from getting burned. To make powerful sunblock we will need many carrier oils and essential oils. Below all the required oils are mentioned for making it.

½ cup of sweet almond carrier oil, ¼ cup of coconut carrier oil, ¼ cup beeswax, 1 teaspoon red raspberry seed carrier oil, 1 teaspoon of carrot seed carrier oil, 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil, 2 tablespoon shea butter, 10 drops helichrysum essential oil, 10 drops of lavender essential oil, and 2 tablespoons of zinc oxide powder.

Now, you have all the required oils. Let’s start the process of making powerful sunblock.

Firstly, pour the almond and coconut carrier oil into 16 ounces glass bottle or jar. Now add beeswax, red raspberry seed, carrot seed carrier oils, and vitamin E oil to it. String the solution well to mix it. After mixing them, add shea butter to the mixture and string well to combine.

It’s time to mix helichrysum and lavender essential oil with this mixture and string it well.

Now, you need a saucepan with half-filled water and start boiling water in a saucepan on medium heat.

You need to put the lid on the glass jar loosely, keep the jar on the saucepan to heat it up. As the jar is heating up the solution inside it starts to melt and combines well.  When the mixture is well heated and completed melt add zinc oxide powder to it and string well. After this, take off the jar from the heat and let it cool down.

Now you need to pour the solution into the tight dark-colored glass bottle or jar and keep it in the refrigerator between the uses.

Apply this solution on the skin whenever you go outside as a powerful sunblock solution.

Which essential oil is best for sunburn?

Peppermint oil could be considered as the best essential oil for sunburn because it contains at least 44% free menthol.  This cooling agent helps very much for instant relief from pain and heat that occurred due to sunburn.

How do you use essential oils for sunburn?

Essential oils for sunburn are mixed with antioxidant agents and few different types of essential oils to give the best and quick results for sunburn and suntan. Below essential oil recipes for sunburn are mentioned. Keep reading to know the precise way to make it.

List of best essential oils for sunburn.

  1. Peppermint essential oil

The cooling sensation on burned skin is the wonderful feeling when you just came from the sun. Peppermint oil contains menthol, and this menthol is a cooling agent that gives instant relief from the heat and pain caused by sunburn. So, peppermint essential oil is one of the best essential oil to use for sunburn.

  • Lavender essential oil

Lavender oil has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant property that works perfectly to treat sunburn and suntan. Much research founded that lavender essential oil is the inexpensive yet effective way to cure sunburn. So, whenever you have sunburn, just put lavender essential oil and gently massage the affected area to get relief and prevent the skin from more damage.

  • Tea tree essential oil

Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) is an ancient way of herbal remedy used in many health problems including skin problems. Tea tree essential oil consists of different properties like anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and immune-boosting. Tea tree essential oil works well on sunburn. Just gently apply on affected skin areas with fingertips or with cotton.

  • Chamomile essential oil

Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) is used for hundreds of years (or even thousands of years) as an herbal remedy for skin problems because of its anti-inflammatory property, soothing, calming properties. Chamomile essential oil is best known for skincare. It brings wonders to skin wounds, sunburn, suntan, and other skin-related problems.

  • Vitamin E oil

Few studies have found that the use of Vitamin E oil reduces the risk of sunburn. This is because of its antioxidant property, ability to absorb UV rays, and it helps the outermost layer of skin to become thick. Vitamin E oil is a good choice to prevent and treat sunburn.

  • Helichrysum oil

Helichrysum essential oil works best to heal wounds, no other essential oil can replace helichrysum oil in terms of healing ability. Properties like anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, and antibacterial- make Helichrysum essential oil an ideal choice to treat sunburn and suntan.


Whether it is Lavender or Peppermint essential oil, every oil mentioned in this post works perfectly to soothe sunburn. It’s just a matter of which oil suits your skin well because every skin is different from others. Apart from the essential oil, the recipes shown in the article are great for protection from sunburn as well as to treat it. So, whenever you got a plan of spending the day on the beach and outing, make sure you were well prepared with your essential oils for overall protection from the sun. Happy outing!

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