An all natural sunscreen essential oils may help. Essential oils have traditionally been used for thousands of years to prevent sunburn, accelerate burn healing and sunburn.
I thought it would be fun to look at oils that were historically used in this capacity. Personally if I am out in the sun all day I head for the SPF and would recommend that but let's learn a little here in the meantime.
Did you know that the Egyptians mixed Myrrh with animal fat to prevent Sunburn? Yes, we have seen the Egyptians drawings showing men and women with "cylindrical cones" on their head and thought oddly of this tradition. But, the cones actually contained the all natural sunscreen mixture!
What Essential Oils were Traditionally used for Natural Protection?
These were the oils:
Most of the skin care I use from Young Living has lavender oil in it.
Therapeutic-grade lavender is highly regarded for skin and beauty. It may be used to cleanse and soothe common bruises, cuts, and skin irritations. The French scientist René Gattefossé was among the first to discover these properties when he was severely burned in a laboratory explosion.
What Oils can I use as a Carrier Oil?
There are natural vegetable oils that provide great moisturizing and some limited sun protection as well. Here is a list of suggested oils:
Of course we want to use the best quality oils available because they are absorbed into your skin! Organic virgin oils are the best. V-6 is a mixture of several vegetable oils that I use to dilute my oil remedies. One can also use aloe vera gel; although personally, I tend to use this more in the after sun or sunburn remedies.
Coconut oil is my personal favorite. I gave up buying most body creams and lotions many years ago. Its not too heavy and it is good for your body of course. If I am going to the barn I coat myself in coconut oil and Ortho Sport if I am going to the beach or pool its coconut oil and lavender!
Most people gasp when I tell them this because they only know the strong artificial coconut oil smell that is in the commercially made sun tan oil. But I can ensure you, the smell is very faint and mixed with the lavender I actually smell quite pleasing!
If you are successful making your own, store it in a cool place out of the sun so it does not degrade. Once oils are mixed with vegetable oils they start to breakdown to some extent so my advice is to make the sunscreen in small batches as needed!
What about our Pets?
Young Living makes a great lavender lip balm that I like to put on Dezies nose before we go to the beach.
What Essential Oils Should I Avoid in the Sun?
Remember to avoid essential oils that contain citrus; and this includes your blends! These oils are photosensitive and can create skin spots or discoloration of the skin. Make sure you review the information on the individual oil for important safety information such as this.
What if I get Sunburn?
There are essential oils that provide some minor relief for sunburn as well. Review the section on home remedies for sunburn for oils that fit in this category.