Using Essential Oils Safely with Sunscreen and for Sunburn

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Many wonder about how to protect ourselves and our family from the sun's harmful rays. Following is some great info on making effective homemade sunscreen and some other tips and facts that will help you make the proper decision if making or buying sunscreen is best for your family.

On this page you will find…

Sunscreen Recipes
Ready Made Sunscreen Recommendations
Sunscreen Reviews
The Essential Oil SPF Myth
Sunburn Relief
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Sunscreen Recipes

Ready Made Sunscreen Recommendations

  • Lemongrass Spa Sunscreen Sport Stick SPF 30 This shows up white on the skin, and it works as a block. There is a “tinted” version that is not white, but tan colored, and blends better. Then they also have a sunscreen lotion which also works well. (Disclosure: Lea is consultant for Lemongrass Spa.)
  • Badger sunscreen on amazon.

Sunscreen Reviews

Natural Sunscreen Review: Over 80 Mineral Sunscreens Tested by Katie from Kitchen Stewardship (watch her on YouTube here)

The Essential Oil SPF Myth

There is a lot of false info circulating that Carrot Seed essential oil and other essential oils have a great amount of SPF. That is not true and if you rely on EOs only to protect you from the sun, you are going to end up burned.

According to Robert Tisserand, “The purported 38-40 SPF for carrot seed oil is based on some Indian research where they tested a natural sunscreen product that contained “Daucus carota” AND OTHER INGREDIENTS, and the product had an SPF of 38 in one test, and 40 in another. This does not mean that carrot seed oil of any type has a meaningful SPF. It's more likely that they used carrot seed fatty oil than any other type of carrot extract, but the article does not give us that information. So, carrot seed FATTY oil may be very slightly sun-protective, but it has no known SPF. And, there are no essential oils that meaningfully filter UV rays.” (source)

Also from Robert, “there is a difference between the radical scavenging action of lavender, myrrh and other essential oils (which can possibly mitigate the damaging effects of sunburn – at least according to in vitro studies) and a sunscreen, which prevents the burn from happening in the first place. Essential oils are not sunscreens!”  (source)

Sunburn Relief

Despite using sunscreen, did you get burned anyway? If so here are some things you can apply to help alleviate the pain of the burn.

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Lea Harris is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist Scholar's Program graduate from Aromahead Institute. This website is home to educational advice and information about using essential oils safely. Lea founded and runs the Using Essential Oils Safely facebook group, with hundreds of new members joining each week. Lea is the author of The TRUTH About Essential Oil Safety, and the creator of Safe Essential Oil Labels and apps for essential oils and carriers. You can find FREE classes here: Free Essential Oil Classes.

Lea is Professional level member of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists and received her herbalist certification through The Herbal Academy of New England.

Businesses, groups, and individuals can hire Lea to consult on safety, product formulation, and more on her website Lea Harris CCA.

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