When it comes to natural sunburn relief, it’s hard to beat aloe vera gel. Natural aloe vera gel has impressive healing properties, and it provides a lovely cooling feeling when you rub it onto your skin. (Especially when it’s frozen first… ahhhh, sweet relief!)
While aloe vera gel works wonders on sunburns, it’s not the only natural ingredient that does so. Today I’ll be sharing how to combine aloe vera gel and a few other natural ingredients to make your own sunburn relief spray!
What’s In It?
So what are these other ingredients, you ask? In addition to aloe vera gel, this spray contains chamomile tea, which helps to reduce inflammation, and witch hazel, which is very soothing and helps to reduce redness. It also contains lavender essential oil, which is always my go-to oil for skin issues, as well as a couple of drops of peppermint oil (for that tingly, cooling sensation!) These ingredients combine to make a spray that’s soothing, cooling, healing, and nourishing all at once.
And best of all – it couldn’t be simpler to make! Here’s how it’s done.
Homemade Sunburn Relief Spray
- 1/2 cup aloe vera gel
- 1/4 cup prepared chamomile tea
- 1/4 cup witch hazel
- 15 drops lavender essential oil
- 2 drops peppermint essential oil
Combine the chamomile tea, witch hazel, aloe vera gel, and essential oils in a small spray bottle. Replace the cap and shake well to combine.
The ingredients will separate over time, and that’s fine. Just give it a good shake before each use!
Storing Your Sunburn Relief Spray
For most homemade remedies containing essential oils, I recommend using a glass bottle. Essential oils can be corrosive to plastic, especially citrus oils. However, since this recipe contains such a small amount of non-citrus oils, I personally think it’s fine to keep it in a plastic spray bottle.
Make sure to store the bottle in a cool, dark place when you’re not using it to help extend the shelf-life of your spray. When stored properly, this spray should stay good for about 6 months or so.
I love this spray because it works on two fronts – it provides instant pain relief, and also nourishes and hydrates your skin to help it heal faster. Spritz it liberally onto a sunburn, and your skin will thank you for it! (At the very least, your skin will forgive you for getting a sunburn in the first place.) ;-)