Fun In The Sun Can Result In Pain…Seek Relief
Sunburn strikes every summer, usually due to lack of protection from the sun, or simply just too much exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun. We all need to be careful not to get burned by the sun especially babies, small children and the elderly, due to their thinner/sensitive skin. If you have light skin and fair hair you are more likely to burn in the sun. Just 15 minutes of sun exposure can lead to a sunburn. Sunburn symptoms can worsen in the first 24-36 hours after the sunburn takes place.
Signs of Sunburn
- Redness of the skin
- Skin is sore to the touch
- Skin swells and/or blisters
- Peeling of dried skin occurs (usually 3-5 days after burn occurs) Note : Do NOT peel away the skin!
Note : If you experience the following you may have Sun Poisoning (Severe Sunburn) : Chills, Dizziness, Fever, Headache, Nausea, and Vomiting.
Be sure to seek medical attention if needed.
7 Essential Oils For After Sun Care
Methods of Application
Mix 6-12 Drops of Essential Oil(s) into 1 Ounce of one of the following Carriers: Aloe Vera Gel (Organic), Lotion (Unscented), (Carrier) Oil such as Fractionated Coconut or Jojoba. Note : Heat and discomfort may occur when a carrier oil is applied to a fresh burn, use a carrier oil after the burn has begun to heal. (This does not apply to Aloe Vera Gel (Organic) and Lotion (Unscented))
Add 6-12 Drops of Essential Oil(s) to 3-6 Ounces of cool water and stir together before adding compress material. (We recommend using a washcloth, hand-towel or a piece of cloth as the compress material) Soak the compress material, wring it out, and place it over the affected area. Repeat ever 5-15 minutes or as needed.
Only apply Lavender Essential Oil neat or undiluted to the skin. You might apply Lavender neat if there is a small area of sunburn, or streaked sunburn.
In a spray bottle mix 6-12 Drops of Essential Oil(s) into 4 Ounces of one of the following: Water, Hydrosol(s), Aloe Vera Gel (Organic) (2 oz.) & Water (2 oz.), or Aloe Vera Gel (Organic) (2 oz.) & Hydrosol(s) (2 oz.). Shake well before each use. Apply as needed. Store in refrigerator, this will increase the cooling effect and the prolong shelf life.
Note : The guidelines above are intended for adults, not babies, young children and/or the elderly. If you would like to learn how to adapt these guidelines for babies, young children and/or the elderly please email Natalie@LizsGarden.com
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