Friday, June 27, 2014

All Natural Sunburn Relief

Happy Friday Everyone

This week we did our fav natural supplements. While there have been so many that I have come to find and love, it has been hard to choose just a few to feature this week. I knew right away I would talk about my epsom salt baths, but I could not decide what to share with you lovely readers today. Since next week is the 4th of July, and I know we will all be out in the sun (maybe for the first time this summer?) I wanted to share my all natural sunburn relief. You probably even have the ingredients in your pantry now, which is always nice and a money-saver. Of course aloe vera works wonders if you have an aloe plant in your backyard like my sweet grandmother does. However, if you don't, do not waste your money on commercial brand aloe vera gel from there store. Here's why:

A few weeks ago we took an amazing trip to Seaside, FL with my family. It was my cousin's graduation from high school and we ate up every minute of that amazing trip. My husband and I stayed in this adorable "carriage house" (pictured above) that was in the back of a house my Uncle and Aunt had rented. We ate amazing food the entire week, rode on bikes (we even rode to the Saturday Farmer's Market on our bikes and stopped at the Organic Raw Juice truck on the way-- heaven!!), played cards with my cousin and her friend at night, talked, and had so much fun.  It could not have been more perfect of a weekend. One of the days however my family had to do some graduation prep, and I was left to have a morning by myself. And as my Gram always says, "Sometimes it's alright to be alone." And it was more than alright. I just laid on the beach, no reading, no writing, just laid there soaking up the beautiful sun and enjoying it's perfect heat and rays as I heard the ocean crashing at my feet. I also even thought about all of that natural Vitamin D I was getting. What's not to love?! Except, I was in such paradise that I did not realize I had failed to apply sunscreen and I ended up just laying there for 4 hours! How I did that, I have absolutely  no idea! But I ended up having a pretty bad sunburn-- the worst I've ever had in my life. My husband drove in from work that night and we went to the store to find some sunburn relief. I found the aloe veras and do you know that they did not even contain aloe vera in the ingredients!! How crazy!! It was worthless. Since I use coconut oil for just about everything these days (best shaving cream + best eye makeup remover, ever!) I decided to buy a jar of that at the store instead, knowing that it surely wouldn't go to waste if anything. So that night I added some lavender oil to the coconut oil and applied it all over. It hurt a lot just rubbing it, but by the next morning my sunburn was so much better! By the time I got home, my sunburn was mostly gone (as you can see in the picture at the top of this post) and I just had started developing a tiny tan which was pretty much a miracle for me. I'm naturally a ghost. I've used this little relief remedy since and shared it with others and it's pretty much an all around favorite now. If you don't have lavender oil, that's okay. You can just apply the coconut oil, but it does work best with some lavender oil. I can't stress enough make sure you are buying good brands of essential oils. You can ask me if you have any questions as I have done my research.

All Natural Sunburn Relief Recipe: 
 Coconut Oil 
Lavender Essential Oil (optional)

Take some oil out of the jar. Don't just put your fingers in your coconut oil jar, I mean you can, but that can get gross. So take some coconut oil out and put it in a little mason jar, such as the one above. Add a few drops of lavender oil to the jar. I would start out adding 15 drops and go from there. Mix. Apply and then cover the jar and use as needed. I suggest applying this mixture at least twice a day for a week when you have a bad sunburn.

Tip: Knowing I was doing this post today, I texted Dr. Shumway asking him if he had any other suggestions to add to my coconut oil and lavender oil recipe. He said Myrrh for skin regeneration. Perfect! Many times Myrrh is not a common essential oil that one would have on hand, but if you have it it's wonderful for anything skin related and I would definitely add that as well! We happen to have some Myrrh, so I am glad we can use that next time as well. I would add 10 drops of Myrrh.

Happy Summer Travels and Adventures!! 


P.S. You can see the rest of this week's posts here: Monday's Laura's Sleep Solve, Tuesday's Danielle's Epsom Salt Bath Recipes, Wednesday's Real People Interview Monica Bravo, and Thursday's Danielle's Natural Supplement Routine
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