Make a Soothing Spray for Natural Sunburn Relief

by Andrea Butje on August 3, 2015

natural sunburn relief 02Natural sunburn relief you can make at home (and keep in the fridge!)

Nobody ever wants to get sunburned. We try to have a moderate amount of sun exposure, keep covered up, or to use skin-friendly sunscreens with natural ingredients.

But sometimes we get carried away working in the garden, live in or vacation at a tropical place, take a longer walk than we intended, or we just forget! We don’t even realize we’re getting burned while it’s happening. And then that evening, we get a look at ourselves in the mirror, see that red skin, and think, “Oh no!”

You can make a natural sunburn relief spray and keep it on hand for just such occasions.

I keep it in my refrigerator, so it’s extra soothing when I spray it on! In a 1 oz (30 ml) glass spray bottle, combine:

  • 1 oz (30 ml) Lavender hydrosol (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 15 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) aloe vera gel (Aloe barbadensis)
  • 2 gel tabs of vitamin E (Just pierce the tabs with a safety pin and squeeze out the gel.)

I know that some kids get sunburned more often than adults, since they can lose track of time having fun outside. So this natural sunburn relief spray is safe for kids over five, even if they have super-sensitive skin. For kid blends I usually use less essential oil than adults, but since this blend has just lavender essential oil, and is being used short term, I kept the recipe the same.

Have you ever used Lavender essential oil for burns? It is so soothing and healing! If I happen to burn myself in the kitchen, I can just reach for my Lavender oil and dab the area with a few drops. It is anti-inflammatory and provides great pain relief. It also supports skin cells to repair themselves, just speeding that natural process along.

To make natural sunburn relief spray, I combine Lavender essential oil with Lavender hydrosol, and then add some aloe vera and vitamin E for good measure. All of these ingredients are so healing, but combining them creates a nice healing synergy.

You can use your spray as often as you like. It is great for helping you get to sleep too, so be sure to spray it all over your sunburn before you go to bed!

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How To Make Baby Powder with All Natural Ingredients

by Andrea Butje on July 27, 2015

make baby powderMake baby powder at home and make baby smile!

Babies have some of the most sensitive skin. It can respond to the slightest irritation! That’s why it surprised me to learn that most baby powders in stores—even in health food stores—contain ingredients that can be irritating. Nothing but the purest ingredients should go on that sensitive skin!

So I like to make baby powder myself for friends who have kids. I use ingredients that are absorbent and nourishing at the same time

You’ll need a 2 oz (56 gm) glass jar (use PET plastic if it’s going in the diaper bag, so it won’t break if it gets tossed around) and a coffee grinder to make this baby powder.

The ingredients are:

  • 1 oz (28 gm) white clay
  • 1 tbsp (15 gm) dried German Chamomile flowers
  • 1 tsp (5 gm) kuzu root
  • 1 tsp (5 gm) vanilla bean powder

You can grind up all your ingredients at the same time. The main thing to pay attention to is the chamomile flowers. Be sure there are no stems on them (just the flowers), and you want them ground up into a very fine powder. (The clay, kuzu root, and vanilla bean should already be in powder form when you get them.) When the chamomile flowers are ground nice and fine, you’re done. Then just spoon your homemade baby powder into your jar.

To use it, just pinch a little powder in your fingers and sprinkle it on baby’s skin or in the diaper. This powder is safe for cloth diapers, as well as disposable ones.

If you’d rather use a powder shaker, you can get those online. (SKS Bottles is one source I like to use.)

I made a YouTube video of this recipe, so you can watch me make it. It really takes very little time! You can see the consistency of the powder and the kind of container I use on the video.

I prefer to reserve one coffee grinder for body products and another for coffee. It’s not a problem if you use yours for coffee—just clean it out first, and know that the aroma of your baby powder might include a hint of java. Otherwise, it will smell like vanilla and chamomile—warm and comforting!

If you enjoyed watching me make this blend on the video, you can subscribe to my YouTube channel. You’ll be notified every time I post a new aromatherapy video!

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