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. You can find the ones I use here.
- 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.
Heather’s homesteading journey started in 2006, with baby steps: first, she got a few raised beds, some chickens, and rabbits. Over the years, she amassed a wealth of homesteading knowledge, knowledge that you can find in the articles of this blog.