Lavender For Sunburn

It’s inevitable, a few days of pleasant weather and half of the British population are bright red and peeling. Whilst many of us would never dream of going out into the sunshine with a liberal application of sunscreen on when we are on holiday, we will happily sit in full sun all day in the UK without taking any precautions at all. Yes, it’s true that for most of the UK (although less so for the lovely sun-drenched Channel Island of Jersey – our higher than average level so sunshine are, happily, one of the reason’s that we are able to grow such incredibly lovely lavender) we don’t get that much sunshine and it does seem a shame to miss out on taking advantage of the few days of glorious weather that we get a year. However you might find that you enjoy a sunny day sitting in a beer garden even more – if it isn’t followed up by days of painful sunburn.

But what if the worst happens and you so get sunburnt? Happily this is just another thing that your trusty little bottle of Jersey Lavender Essential Oil can help you out with. Lavender essential oil encourages the more rapid healing of your skin and is especially useful when treating burns (whether they be from the sun or other heat source). So for most cases of sunburn, simply add a few drops of lavender oil to either a carrier oil (such as olive, almond or coconut) or into your favourite emollient cream or lotion and massage into the affected area twice a day.

Lavender essential oil has a number of properties that are especially useful when treating sunburn:

  • Soothing – lavender has extremely soothing properties and so will help to sooth and calm skin that is red and inflamed.
  • Encourages skin healing – lavender stimulates circulation and so means that skin will heal  more rapidly than if left untreated.
  • Anti-inflammatory – lavender reduces inflammation and so will help to ease any swelling associated with sunburn.
  • Relieves pain – lavender also affects the central nervous system and so is able to relieve pain and also produce a feeling of calm.
  • Antibacterial – more severely sunburnt skin can sometimes crack and peel quite deeply and so can be at risk of infection. Lavender’s naturally antibacterial properties will ensure that the skin is kept clean and healthy whilst it is healing.

So if you have overindulged in the sun and ended up with a nasty case of sunburn, either try a drop or two of our lavender essential oil, or why not try a few applications of our moisturising Lavender Hand and Body Lotion?

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