After-sun Aromatherapy Blend

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.

After-sun 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.


Sunset over Wallace Island

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.

2 thoughts on “After-sun Aromatherapy Blend”

  1. Great information. I too dislike too much sunscreen as we are restricting the natural Vitamin D that is essential for so many reasons for our health and well being.
    Tara, where do we purchase these oils?

  2. Hi Janice. It’s true – we need Vitamin D. Canadians are often deficient in Vitamin D – especially this summer! I buy essential oils from Rae Dunphy ( in Calgary or from Green Valley Aromatherapy ( in Courtenay. Both companies have online ordering. I have all of the oils used in this recipe and would be happy to make you a blend.

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