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Getting caught out in the sun without sunscreen is a bummer. It’s painful and can leave you feeling desperate for relief. Today we have a couple of recipes that can help get you through this unfortunate experience. Utilizing Peppermint’s cooling properties and Lavender’s healing abilities we’ve created two recipes that will not disappoint. Safe for use on children, these are mom-created and mom-approved for the whole family. Before we get to the recipes a little bit about these two AMAZING essential oils.Lavender is known as the “Swiss Army Knife” of essential oils. Not only is it calming and helpful for stress relief and promoting a good night’s sleep, but it is also efficient for minor cases of cuts, bruises, skin irritations, and burns due to its antiseptic qualities - this makes it the first thing we grab when it comes to our children.Peppermint contains a significant amount of menthol which gives it a cooling sensation. Menthol is also known to help relax and ease tension headaches and minor muscular aches and pains. The reason sunburns are so damaging to your skin is because exposure to ultraviolet rays produces free radicals in your body. Free radicals are unstable molecules that steal electrons from your healthier molecules to stabilize themselves. Antioxidants taken as supplements are helpful to health, but a topical application is more effective to protect your skin. That is why we have added Vitamin E oil to this spray along with our high-quality essential oils and witch hazel.To make the cooling and healing spray you will need a 6oz Glass Mister Bottle. Simply add ingredients below and shake to combine.- 10 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil- 10 Drops of Peppermint Essential Oil- 10 Drops of Vitamin E Oil
Fill the rest of the bottle with witch hazel (a popular herbal remedy recognized worldwide as a natural cleanser and toner. Witch hazel has many more uses than simply to clarify skin and shrink pores, including cooling properties!)Shake before use and spray onto sunburn as needed for instant relief.____________________________________________________________________For a more intensive treatment, you will need…Mixing bowlHand mixer or Kitchenaid 1 cup of coconut oil (solid coconut oil)1/2 cup Aloe Vera Gel10-20 drops Lavender EO10-20 drops Peppermint EO
This DIY combines Aloe Vera and Coconut oil to create a magical healing cream that we like to keep in the refrigerator to add an extra level of soothing bliss when applied to sunburned skin.
To make: Add Coconut oil and Aloe together into mixing bowl and mix until you create stiff peaks. Lower the speed and gradually add essential oils to combine. Store in the refrigerator and rub onto sunburn as needed.
There are several different methods of extraction used to obtain the essential oil of a plant. Today we want to talk about two of the most common methods - steam distillation (which is mainly used to produce essential oils) and solvent extraction (which produces absolutes, like our Jasmine Absolute).