Essential Oils For Sunburns

Living in the sunshine state sure can cause some serious sunburns, and a secret trick to hurry up and make them turn that sunburn into a suntan is to make a spray using essential oils for sunburns.

In seconds your sunburn will have some relief.

During the summer, we go to the beach often, or we play outside and you know what that means… sunburns!

This weekend I watched my 3 son’s play Disc Golf, which is an outdoor sport. But because the weather was so nice, even slightly on the cooler side, I didn’t realize that I was getting a sunburn until it was too late.


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Since I have been working on finding better products for our home that I could easily make myself, I knew there had to be an easy way to make my own made Sunburn Relief Spray with essential oils for sunburns!

Since aloe and glycerin have been in my cabinet for a while, I knew that a combination of these would not only be great for the skin but also as a healing spray.

All I would need to do is add some essential oils to support the skin so it could heal the burn quickly.

Adding Witch Hazel would give the recipe a cooling effect, plus it would thin it out so that I didn’t need to add water (that way I’ll never worry about it going bad).

Let me show you how quick and easy it is to make this essential oils for sunburns cooling spray!

Essential Oils For Sunburns

Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 1 Tablespoon Witch Hazel
  • 1 teaspoon Aloe Vera 100% Gel
  • 1/4 teaspoon Vegetable Glycerin (optional) –  Not shown in pictures because I forgot to add it in… I made this stuff on the fly when I was already burned!
  • 5 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil (I use the Young Living brand because of their purity promise)
  • 10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil (I use the Young Living brand because of their purity promise)
  • 2 ounce glass or plastic bottle

Let me quickly tell you why each of these ingredients is so important to this recipe, and why I am not using only Aloe Vera gel.

Witch Hazel is a gentle and natural option to relieve inflamed skin. What’s more inflamed than skin that been sunburned? Witch Hazel also soothes and cleanses irritated and damaged skin. Plus, it’s safe to use on your face and body.

Vegetable Glycerin is a common ingredient in soaps, lotions, deodorants and makeup. It helps the ingredients mix better, or I should say, stay mixed (so they don’t separate when in the bottle). It has been scientifically proven to improve your skins overall smoothness and suppleness and it increases the skins hydration as well as prevents it from losing moisture.

Peppermint essential oil is great for reducing pain and swelling. It already has a cooling sensation so pairing with aloe and glycerin will prolong that cool feeling for longer. Peppermint essential oil will also help to keep the skin from getting infected too.

Lavender essential oil is known for its soothing properties and helps skin heal quickly.

Aloe Vera is known for moisturizing the skin. Especially sunburned, dry or irritated skin.

Why not just use Aloe Vera gel alone? While you can use the gel all by itself, these other ingredients complement the aloe vera and help instantly relive the skin.

When I’ve used Aloe Vera gel in the past, it always left me sticky and “wet” feeling. Like I didn’t want to move because the gel was cooling, yet once it cooled it tugged on my skin.

This recipe soothes and moisturizes long after it is dry, so your skin never feels taunt or dry.

It also absorbs into the skin almost instantly, so you never have to worry about that sticky feeling.

With all these wonderful ingredients, I know you’ll be surprised at how simple this essential oils for sunburns cooling spray is to make!

Essential Oils For Sunburns


Fill your 2 oz bottle about half way with the Witch Hazel.

Add a good squirt (approximately 1/4 teaspoon) of Aloe Vera gel into the bottle.

Add 3 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil and 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil.

Fill the bottle the rest of the way up with Witch Hazel. Make sure to leave a little room for the sprayer to fit inside.

Shake the bottle so all of the ingredients and essential oils for sunburns mix very well.

Essential Oils For Sunburns

To Apply:

Notice the white “watch line” in my photo. My wrist/arm is really red with sunburn (notice in the next picture that my arm has already tanned).

Spray a generous amount of this essential oils for sunburns cooling spray directly on your sunburn.

It dries almost instantly and if it gets on your clothing, it will dry quickly and you won’t know it was there.

You can shower before or after you apply the spray because it’s quick drying.

You’ll especially want to spray your skin before you go to bed so that you can sleep soundly. If you have a bad sunburn you can keep the spray bottle next to your bed and apply throughout the night.

I kept the spray with me so I could apply more as needed.

Essential Oils For Sunburns

So What Does It Cost?

Here’s the cost breakdown for this Sunburn Relief Spray:

Total Cost = 20¢ per 2 oz bottle (That’s only 80¢ for an 8 oz bottle!)

Can you believe how little this costs?! I was amazed at just how cheap it is to make your own relief spray using essential oils for sunburns!

And really a little goes a long way!

From now on I’m keeping a bottle of this essential oils for sunburns in my first aid kit so that I’ll be ready for the next burn victim.

Since it has no water in the recipe, you don’t have to worry about it getting slimy if it sits for a while.

Can you believe how cheap it is to make this Relief Spray using essential oils for sunburns? And it’s nice that most of these ingredients are items I already had on hand.


YOUR TURN: What other oils would you add to this essential oils for sunburns cooling relief spray? Let me know in the comments below!

Essential Oils For Sunburns

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