DIY Sunburn Spray with essential oils - doTERRA Essential Oils - Dawn Goehring Desert Naturals

DIY Sunburn Spray with Essential Oils

Use this DIY  Sunburn Spray with essential oils to cool, soothe, and heal sunburned skin. 

This is a must have if you overdid it at the pool or beach and your skin is red and hurting.

I spray this DIY Sunburn Spray with essential oils on my kids or myself anytime we get sunburns.  It feels so good when your skin is on fire and hurting.  And it never fails to amaze me how much better our skin feels and looks the next morning.  

Use this Sunburn Spray as soon as possible after being in the sun, and reapply every few hours or as desired for soothing relief.  

How and Why does Sunburn Spray Work?

The ingredients in this all natural homemade sunburn spray are all designed to soothe, cool, and help your skin heal. What is so powerful about it?  

Well, for starters there are no chemicals that can harm the skin and make your burn even worse.  Many ingredients in store bought sprays have synthetic chemicals and preservatives in them that may temporarily make your skin feel better, but in the end can dry your skin out and ultimately cause more harm than good.  

These ingredients also can cause all kinds of other problems, typically with hormones.  I don't know about you, but I don't want to mess with any other body system, especially when I am trying to heal burns.  This spray focuses on just that and has no ingredients in it that will disrupt hormones or do anything else .  Just pure, natural healing benefits.

This DIY blend contains healing coconut oil, vitamin E, and what I consider to be the two most important ingredients:  aloe vera and essential oils.  

Aloe Vera is beneficial for burns

Aloe Vera is hugely beneficial for burned skin, which is why it's included in this spray.  According to, "Aloe vera is often touted as the “burn plant.” Studies show evidence that aloe vera is effective in healing first- to second-degree burns. Aloe is anti-inflammatory, promotes circulation, and inhibits the growth of bacteria."  

When looking for Aloe Vera, you want to make sure you use one that is as close to 100% aloe vera as possible.  You'll never be able to find 100% because there will always be something added to preserve it and keep it from going bad.

Look at the ingredients, and, in general, the shorter the list the better.  If there is a huge long list of names you can't pronounce, move on.   This holds true for any product or food item.  I'm a huge label reader!  If I don't know what's in something, I don't want it on or in my body.

Use Aloe Vera Juice not Gel

This  Sunburn Spray recipe calls for Aloe Vera Juice.  Yep, the kind we drink.  The consistency is thinner than gel so it works well for the spray.  I do not recommend substituting aloe vera gel for this because it's too thick and won't spray well.  Go ahead and substitute water if you don't have the juice.  I've done it more than once in a pinch. 

Essential Oils Cool Skin Temperature and Heal

The essential oils in the spray will help cool the temperature of your skin and start the healing process.  Here's a breakdown by essential oil of each essential oil's benefits and why it's included in this sun spray:

  • Lavender essential oil is soothing and healing for red irritated burned skin.  It has antiseptic and inflammation properties and is excellent for a wide variety of skin care uses.  You'll find it in many of my DIY skin care recipes, including this popular Facial Serum DIY and After-Shave Serum
  • Peppermint essential oil is cooling and helps stop the burning process.  It has been shown to help lower temperature, which is why it makes a perfect heat spray and is good for use any time your body temperature is raised, especially when you are sick.
  • Frankincense essential oil  has chemical properties that make it and amazing powerhouse for cellular regeneration, and inflammation.  Both of these will be needed when your skin is burned.  I include it in most of my DIY skin care recipes because of it's healing benefits.

How to Make Your Sunburn Spray

1. Gather your ingredients and a spray bottle

First, you'll need a spray bottle. 

I'm obsessed with these continuous fine mist sprayers. You may have seen your hairdresser use one of these on your hair.  I've been using them for lots of different sprays lately, and I especially love them for this sunburn spray.  It sprays continuously while holding the trigger which works fabulously when you're trying to spray those hard to reach places like your back.

 I purchased the cute purple continuous fine mist spray from doTERRA. Click Here to grab the 2 pack. Or you can pick up a 3 pack of plain white sprayers from Amazon.  

Ingredients for the DIY Sunburn Spray

 The doTERRA Healthy Start Kit contains all the oils you require for this spray and will give you a deep discount over buying the oils separately.  

This is the kit I got started with.  You can use the oils in this kit for hundreds of purposes.   

You'll get access to my member resources site, which contains everything you need and more to help you use your oils.

Healthy Start Kit from doTERRA comes with top 10 oils and diffuser

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Instructions to make DIY Sunburn Spray

  1. Combine all ingredients in the spray bottle.  
  2. Shake to combine. 

To Use the Sunburn Spray

  • Be sure to shake the sprayer gently before each use to incorporate all ingredients.
  • Spray onto skin as needed and your skin will love the instant cooling feeling.
  • Reapply every couple of hours as needed until skin is feeling better and the redness has subsided.
homemade Sunburn Spray with Lavender Frankincense and Peppermint essential oils from doTERRA

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