This botanical trio rescues tender skin from summer irritants.

Photo by Mars Vilaubi

Aloe is well known as a powerful treatment for all types of burns. Here, it works together with the anti-inflammatory powers of lavender and the calming effects of rosemary in a spray that soothes, cools, and soaks right into angry skin — no muss, no fuss.

Aloe After-Sun Relief Spray

This blend, with hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties, soothes and rejuvenates skin damaged by sunburn and windburn. It doubles as an anti-itch and healing spray for those suffering from all manner of skin irritation and bug bites.

Yield: approximately 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup aloe vera juice
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops rosemary (chemotype verbenon) essential oil

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in a storage container and shake well to blend. Please keep refrigerated and use within 4 to 6 months.
  2. Spray on skin as often as necessary.

Recommended for: all skin types, especially environmentally irritated and abused skin

Use: as necessary

Blending tools: shake vigorously before each use

Store in: plastic or dark glass spray or spritzer bottle

Other sunburn relief suggestions:

• Add 2 cups apple cider vinegar to cool bath water and soak for 10 to 20 minutes.
• Apply cold aloe vera gel or juice directly to sunburn as often as needed to ease pain and rehydrate damaged tissue.
• Apply cold, strong, regular black pekoe tea directly to sunburn with soaked cotton pads. Repeat as needed.
• Spray chilled lavender or chamomile hydrosol directly onto sunburned areas to help relieve inflammation.

Recipe excerpted from Organic Body Care Recipes © 2007 by Stephanie Tourles. All rights reserved.

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