A good friend and I were chatting at church while doing childcare. Her little ones had been playing outside all day since spring had finally arrived; I noticed they were a little pink cheeked. She asked me what I do for sunburn since she knows I prefer to use natural remedies and essential oils. I told her my favorite thing for burns of all types is lavender. I use Young Living brand essential oils.
I love lavender for burns. Once, while cooking, I was heating oil to brown chicken and I sloshed it over one of my hands. Thank goodness it was winter! I grabbed a baggie full of snow and plopped that on my hand. In between changing bags of snow (it works great because it forms to your burnt body part's shape, unlike ice) I applied lavender. It should have blistered and left a scar, but it never blistered and never scarred. Love lavender (did I say that already?)
Some of my other favorites are:
Lavender: burns, bruises, put on feet to help respiratory (colds etc)
Lemon: bug bites (takes the itch out of mosquito bites), put on feet to help respiratory system
Thieves: helps to fight off illness, I dilute it in a carrier oil and rub it on my lympnods
Oregano: digestive, detoxification
Peppermint: eases headaches, tight muscles, increases concentration, careful it can burn skin if put on undiluted
Ginger: upset stomach
Melaluca (aka tea tree oil): antiseptic, use in place of neosporin
Food grade hydrogen peroxide: it is recommended to dilute it for various needs. Diluted I use it as a face cleanser, wound cleasning. Undiluted, it will burn your skin. Add 1 cup to a bath. I will post more on this later.
What are your favorite oils? How do you use them?