How to Make a Cooling Spray for Sunburns

Ouch! That sunburn hurts!! Make this easy #DIY cooling spray to take along to the beach or swimming pool to cool that skin off! ~The Homesteading Hippy #homesteadinghippy #fromthefarm #essentialoils #sunburn #diy

This was inspired by the fact that my son went backpacking this weekend with his scout troup, and when they were having fun canoeing, tubing, and swimming at the lake, he didn’t wear a shirt.Pasty white boy is what we USED to call him…Larry the Lobster is what we dubbed him when he came home. (By the way, worst Super Hero Names EVER)! Lesson learned…even with judicious use of sunscreen, WEAR A SHIRT!

His burn wasn’t nearly as bad as it could’ve been, though.His scoutmaster noticed his shoulders getting medium rare, and suggested he put a shirt on. While my son can be a typical 14 year old at times, and think adults don’t have a clue, he generally listens and does what they say. (good boy!) But, he still had that burn to deal with when he came home.

After putting lobster boy in the shower with an oatmeal soap to clean up the stink of two days, we sprayed this cooling spray all over him. Followed up with a liberal lathering of aloe vera. Every hour, we repeated the spray and aloe vera.

How to Make a Cooling Spray for Sunburns

You’ll want to use a glass bottle for this, as the oils can “eat” through plastic.

  • 2 cups water
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 1 ounce jojoba oil
  • 5 grams dried chamomile flowers

Begin by adding the dried flowers to the oil and place in an oven proof container.

Allow to sit in a 200 degree oven for 2 hours to infuse. Drain the herb matter and discard. Add the essential oils to the infused jojoba oil and store in a glass spray bottle.

Swirl gently to mix and spray.

You’ll need to swirl each time as “oil doesn’t mix with water” to disperse the essential oils into the water. I also sprayed a cool, damp washcloth with this spray a couple of times for him to place on his forehead. The lavender not only cooled him, but helped him relax enough to sleep.

The best thing is to NOT get a sunburn at all, and wearing a hat, t-shirt and staying out of the sun during the most intense times (10AM-2PM generally) are great prevention tips. BUT, if you find you get a bit pink, this cooling spray will take the heat out quickly.

Of course, you can also carry this to the beach, park, or zoo and spritz gently over the body and face (with eyes closed of course!) to help cool off just from the heat.

28 thoughts on “How to Make a Cooling Spray for Sunburns”

  1. Ooooo – sounds like a nice remedy for sunburns…I bet it smells amazing. Luckily, I don’t burn too often but there have been times where this would have come in handy!

  2. We had to use this for my son this week too! I made mine in a smaller batch for a 2 oz glass bottle and I also put aloe vera gel on too. It works great and really relieved the pain.

  3. Love it! I’m whip up a batch for my hubby to take with him in his truck when he’s at work and gets burnt, lol. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  4. Brittany @ The Pistachio Project

    Nice! One more remedy to add to my if only my husband would listen to me and let me use them on his sunburn!

  5. Awww poor kid. My mom got a really bad sunburn once but I have never had one, from what I hear they are quite painful so this will be helpful to tons of people.

  6. Dawn @OhSweetMercy

    Not only does it smell good but it works! It didn’t just make it feel cooler temporarily, but the heat radiating from my burned skin was significantly reduced after just a few applications. I’m hooked! Thank you thank you thank you!

  7. Jessica Nelles

    Hope I don’t need this, but if I do I like that it sounds simple and I already have all the ingredients.

  8. I will have to file this away in my memory bank. It is inevitable that at least once a year someone get s burned (usually me). I usually put vinegar on it but this would smell way better

  9. Great idea. I wonder if you could even add some aloe int he spray. Might be too thick though. I bet the peppermint oil really helps. I remember seeing a headache stick with peppermint oil that you rub on your forehead. It always felt great. I need to make some of this before our beach trip.

  10. Merissa @ Little House Living

    I need to make some of this! I’m normally pretty good but when I do get a sunburn it’s a bad one!

  11. I am so glad you shared this great recipe. I am like your son and can quickly become a lobster! I hate using sprays and creams with lots of chemicals.

  12. Have u considered adding a tiny amount of glycerine to this solution (regular or vegetable)? It helps the oils disperse thru the water & it also keeps the moisture in the skin for longer. I use a similar recipe but with lavender, eucalyptus & rosemary (not as strong) as a body/hair spray that’s safe for myself or my son’s dog, it’s a nice calming addition to grooming for an anxious pet.

  13. Awesome! We have a crapload of chamomile flowers right now and I’ve been trying to think of what else to use them in besides tea!

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