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Sunny Day Sunburn Relief

It’s a warm, sunny day and everyone wants out of the house. Time to go play! Maybe you’re at a beach, at the park, on a hike, or just hanging out in the backyard with the sprinkler. A couple hours go by and you realize that pretty pink glow is setting in and it’s too late for sun protection…

If you’ve been around in the “crunchy” circles for any real amount of time, you have probably heard of everyone’s favorite miracle “cure” coconut oil, and for good reason! This tasty, smooth, versatile oil is not only good for your brain, but is also proving effective in managing skin conditions. (Here is an example.)

Research has identified multiple amazing benefits both from internal usage for things like the brain and liver, and now for things like improving moisturization for the skin and hair. We could easily spend all day talking about it and still not fully grasp it’s awesomeness, so I’m not even going to try. (If you want to check out a decent overview, here is what Dr. Axe has to say.) Instead, let’s focus in on one of my family-favorite combinations for skin care.

Obviously coconut oil is involved, but that’s not all. We, like many, utilize essential oils in a lot of our personal wellness care. (I’m not going to get into this company vs. that, but I will say that no matter who you choose to source your oils through, definitely do your research into their quality and practices. Generally speaking you get what you pay for and super cheap is probably not super authentic.)

The Top 3

There are a lot of great oils for various skin concerns, but we narrowed it down to just three; Lavender, Melaleuca (AKA: Tea Tree Oil), and Frankincense.

  • Lavender: Known as one of the most soothing oils, this is one I refuse to be without. Some of its many properties include: Analgesic, Anti-fungal, Anti-histamine, Anti-infectious, Anti-inflammatory, Antimicrobial, Antimutagenic, Antiseptic, Antitoxic, Antitumor, and Regenerative.
  • Melaleuca: This is a very popular oil for good reason, I like to call it the anti-everything bad oil! It has many properties including: Analgesic, Antibacterial, Anti-fungal, Anti-infectious, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, and Tissue Regenerative Qualities. This is a fancy way of saying it fights off the bad while helping the good.
  • Frankincense: Aptly named “Liquid Gold” This oil may be a spendy one, but it is worth every penny! Its amazing properties include: Anticancer, Anti-infectious, Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Antitumor, and Immune Stimulant. It is commonly used for just about anything in need of healing.

One of the best things about all of these oils is that they are all labeled as safe to use “neat” or undiluted. While I do still follow safe dilution guidelines, it is nice to know that none of these is a “hot” oil that could cause pain for my kiddo if I made a mistake while mixing.

Since I am somewhat of a lazy person, and because we use this basic blend for SO much, I tend to make it in very large batches, but this recipe is only going to be for 4oz or ½ cup which should be plenty for this purpose unless you have the unfortunate situation of a full side done extra crispy in which case you may want to double the amounts listed.


½ cup Virgin Coconut Oil, warmed to liquid (preferably organic)

5 drops Lavender Essential Oil*

5 drops Melaleuca Essential Oil*

5 drops Frankincense Essential Oil*

4oz Storage Container with a Lid

To Start…

I set my jar of coconut oil outside, or in a sunny window to warm gently into a liquid. If you don’t have time to do this, you can use the double boiler method. For this, fill a small saucepan about ¾ of the way full of tap water and place over medium/low heat. Carefully place a glass measuring cup into the water with the coconut oil inside. The bottom of the cup should not touch the bottom of the pan, so I use one with a handle that I can hook on the side of the pan. Stir the oil as it warms and remove it from heat as soon as it becomes a liquid. Please do not microwave, it isn’t good for you, or the oil.

Your oil should be lukewarm, somewhere around 75 degrees. If it is much warmer than this, let it cool a bit before adding the EOs. Once it is cool add in the drops and stir gently. Pour into a storage container and close. If you need it right away, place in the fridge to speed up the solidification process as it is much easier to handle when it is solid.

*These amounts are based on use for small children, if your kiddos are older and you are dealing with a severe burn, you can add a few more drops of each, especially the frankincense.

To use: Liberally apply to sunburnt area as soon as possible after sun exposure. Repeat as needed whenever the area has absorbed the last application and feels dry to the touch again.


**Disclaimer, the information in this post is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or otherwise substitute for appropriate medical advice. Utilizing these recommendations is done at your own risk.**


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