Summer weather was delayed for western Canada this year, but now that it has arrived, I thought a blend to help replenish dry, sun-drenched skin would be appreciated.
I am not a big fan of sunscreen because I don’t trust the chemicals that it contains. Living on a boat and boating in general, exposes you to a lot of sun. I limit my exposure to the sun by covering up with clothing (this has not been a hardship this summer) and by avoiding being in the sun during the hottest part of the day. When I have to be in the sun for a long time, I wear sun protective clothing and only use sun screen when I have no other options available to me. I always wash the sunscreen off when I no longer need it – I hate the stuff.
Lavender is the essential oil of choice for burns to the skin and is therefore, an important ingredient in an after-sun aromatherapy blend.
- Lavender (Lavandula Augustifolia) – 4 drops
- Neroli (Citrus Aurantium Var. Amara) – 3 drops
- Geranium (Pelargonium Graveolens) – 2 drops
- Roman Chamomile (Chamameleum Nobilis) – 2 drops
- Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium) – 2 drops
- Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) – 1 drop
in 30 mls carrier oil, lotion or gel. If possible add aloe vera gel and/or calendula infused oil to the carrier oil.
Reference: The Complete Illustrated Guide to Aromatherapy by Julia Lawless; The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy by Chrissie Wildwood; Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit by Gabriel Mojay.