Essential Oils For Sunburn

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Sunburn Essential Oils

Using essential oils for natural sunburn treatment, be it mild or severe, is an excellent way to aid your own innate healing ability & get back to good healthy skin in a relatively quick time period. There are of course a variety of oils which can be beneficial, & each of them brings additional properties & manners which alter how the sunburn treatment works. Tea tree essential oil (Melaleuca ) & Lavender essential oil are two that spring to mind when considering home remedies for this condition, though there are others & some of them bring incredibly good effects.

Essential Oils to Avoid

First up a word of warning on which essential oils to AVOID if you have sunburn or are considering going out in the sun for any period of time :

  • Bergamot.
  • Lemon.
  • Lime.
  • Orange.
  • Grapefruit.

Basically anything citrus should be avoided when you are planning to be out in the sun, especially if you are planning on being out for prolonged period of time. Why ?

Citrus Essential Oils Induce a higher degree of photosensitivity.

Whilst this may be ok in winter or times when the sun is weak, the increased degree of photosensitivity can cause your skin to burn faster than usual & thus quicker than you would realise, normally you have a very uncomfortable & unpleasant condition, potentially severe sunburn, to deal with. Prevention is always better, & easier, than treatment.

There are of course times when whatever you do, even if you have applied what you believe to be plenty of sun protection, that whatever you have done has fallen short of being enough & you end up burning your skin. When that happens the following essential oils & their home remedies for sunburn treatment have been noted as being effective.


  • Tea Tree ( Melaleuca )
  • Lavender
  • Frankincense
  • Myrrh
  • Helichrysum
  • Peppermint

100ml Tea Tree Pure Essential Oil The Go To Essential Oil For Many People

Tea Tree Oil has been proven time after time as being very effective for a great many people around the world for a variety of conditions & sunburn is one of those. Tea Tree is blessed with a number of constituents that are valuable when treating skin that has had prolonged or excessive exposure to the sun, these include the following properties :

  • Anti-inflammatory.
  • Analgesic.
  • Tissue Regenerator.

As an anti-inflammatory & analgesic it helps to soothe the areas which have become burnt & to which it is applied, whilst the tissue regenerator property helps by promoting faster more effective healing to your skin.

On it’s own it provides an effective & quality aid to healing, though as a note when applied directly in pure form you will likely feel a stinging sensation proportional to the degree of burn that you have on first application, this will then ease as the analgesic property takes effect & the healing begins, the first sensations can be less than comfortable though. For reason some people choose to apply it mixed with natural moisturising cream which will reduce the initial sting whilst also providing additional moisture to aid with healing.


All of these essential oils will help with mild sunburn. But it is always best to put plenty of sun protection on, & never get burnt enough to suffer. You don’t want to waste a holiday staying out of the sun because you are too burnt !

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