Are you enjoying the Summer sun before we transition to a new season? There's nothing quite like packing yourself up for the day, heading down to your favourite beach location, inhaling the salty air and feeling the sand between your toes. As children we were encouraged to 'slip, slop slap' when going out into the sun as Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world.


You might be guilty of applying sunscreen but then forgetting to reapply, depending on the SPF of your sunscreen and how frequently you are cooling off in the ocean or preferred body of water. Isn't it funny how we resonate sunburn with being at the beach? When in reality, sunburn can happen just about all day everyday. We are exposed to different UV rays throughout our days and alot of the time, people aren't even aware of it! Regardless of if you are out enjoying the sun or indoors, you should always apply sunscreen as prevention is key!


If you are unfortunate enough to experience sunburn, there are classic remedies like aloe vera gel which can naturally restore the water content on the skin and help prevent the skin from drying out and peeling. Essential oils may be added to aloe vera gel to help with the repairing, restoring and healing process. You can also make a cooling spray or compress to place on areas of concern.

DIY Essential Oil Recipes for Sunburn

Useful essential oils for sun include Lavender, Chamomile 3%, Peppermint & Spearmint. Lavender essential oil & Chamomile 3% essential oil are well-known for their calming, healing and restoring properties, particuarly on the skin. Peppermint and Spearmint have a cooling action on the skin with Spearmint being a gentler alternative with less menthol and is an excellent alternative for the treatment of children and pregnant women.


These are some of our favourite DIY recipes to help with the effects of sunburn. Be creative and alternate the products out as you desire, be sure to write down what you do so you can make it again if you love it

1. Cooling Sunburn Spray


20 drops Lavender essential oil

100ml Spray Bottle

Aloe vera juice

Distilled water


Method + Use:

1. Add the essential oils to the 100ml spray bottle.

2. Fill with equal parts aloe vera juice & distilled water.

3. Store your spray bottle in the fridge for up to a week and spray liberally as needed to the skin.


2. Cooling Compress Blend


1 drop Lavender essential oil

1 drop Chamomile 3% essential oil

1 drop Peppermint essential oil


Method + Use:

Add the essential oils to a bowl of very cold water. Use a face washer to agitate the water, wring out the excess mositure and apply compress to the sunburnt area, repeat as required.


*For a sunburnt face omit Peppermint from the recipe.

1. Cooling Gel


10 drops Lavender essential oil

10 drops German Chamomile 3% essential oil

100ml Bottle or Jar

Aloe vera gel


Method + Use:

1. Add the essential oils to the 100ml bottle.

2. Fill with aloe vera gel

3. Store your bottle in the fridge for up to a week and apply liberally as needed to the skin.


Prevention is key and above all, apply your sunscreen so you are not causing longterm damage to your skin.

Author: Georgia Doherty
Content & Community Coordinator

Georgia is the Content & Community Coordinator at ECO. Modern Essentials. Georgia oversees the company's social media platforms, helps coordinate brand collaborations, is a leader for ECO.'s content creation + DIY recipes and manages ECO.'s affiliate program. She is a qualified Beauty Therapist with extensive Dermal Therapy qualifications, a Diploma in Training Design & Development with a Aromatherapy Practitioner Certificate. Georgia is passionate about leading a happy & healthy life and helping educate those around her.


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