Natural Remedies For Sunburn

Natural Remedies For Sunburn

Summer is upon us again which means, of course, long hot days spent enjoying the sun (hopefully!). That does mean though that many people are likely to neglect to protect themselves and to overdo things and end up with painful sunburn. Luckily there are many highly effective natural remedies for sunburn, some of which I’ll briefly discuss here…

Natural Remedies For Sunburn

Aloe

Aloe is a very common natural treatment for burns because of the way it stimulates your skin to heal. It helps to reduce the pain and any swelling, and also moisturizes your skin too. To use it, just take the leaves from an aloe plant and cool them in the fridge. Then cut through the sides of the leaves and split them along their length to reveal the gel they contain. Scoop out this gel and gently rub it on the burned areas of your skin. If you like, you can store the gel in the fridge or freezer for a while first to ensure a nice, cooling gel that you can apply.

Epsom Salts

Epsom salts are also very good for dealing with sunburn, especially the pain. Simply dissolve tablespoons of the salts in about 8oz of cold water. Then take a clean cloth and soak it in the resultant solution. Squeeze the cloth to remove any excess solution – so the cloth is damp, but the solution isn’t dripping everywhere. Then just place the cloth on the sunburned skin and leave it their for about 15 – 20 minutes.

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil is lovely and refreshing; it’s naturally cooling and aromatic, and works wonders when it comes to easing the pain of sunburn. Just rub the oil gently on your burned skin.

Tea

Tea contains tannin which helps to promote healing. Just make some tea and then leave it to cool before applying it gently to the burned areas. Any kind of tea works for this, but for extra cooling and relief, try using peppermint tea.

Yogurt

Yogurt contains lactic acid which is great for boosting the production of collagen. This in turn helps with the regeneration of your damaged skin. Simply apply the yogurt to the damaged areas of your skin and massage gently.

Summary

The best way of dealing with sunburn is to protect yourself in the first place and make sure you never get burned. But accidents will happen, and if you do get burned, then try using the above natural remedies for sunburn to promote the healing of your skin, and to reduce the pain.

How To Blend Essential Oils

How To Blend Essential Oils

You can achieve some wonderful therapeutic effects by blending together different essential oils. But it can all be very confusing for the beginner. So let’s take a quick look at how to blend essential oils…

How To Blend Essential Oils

The first thing you need to do before you even start to blend any oils is to decide exactly what it is you’re trying to achieve. That is, what are you going to be using your blend for?

Once you know what your aim is, then you can move on to the next step which is to make a list of essential oils that have the properties you need to meet your goal. You can consult an essential oil encyclopedia to help with this.

Synergistic Blending

Once you’ve made your list, you then need to choose some oils from it that will blend well together. This is called synergistic blending. We choose oils from three groups known as “Notes”.  The note of an oil is basically determined by their volatility. The volatility in turn determines how quickly it evaporates.

So we have the so-called top notes, middle notes and base notes. The top notes evaporate quicker than the middle notes, which in turn evaporate quicker than the base notes. The top notes tend to be light and airy, while the base notes are more earthy.

The idea is that you select a balanced blend consisting of oils from each note. For beginners, it’s a good idea to just select one oil from each note at first, until you get more experience with what works well together.

As you do get more experienced, you can start adding in more oils from each note.

Ready To Blend!

Once you’ve selected your oils, you’re ready to begin blending them.

While you’re experimenting, just use a small amount of your oils at first – no more than about 10 – 15 drops in total. This way you don’t waste too much if you make a blend you don’t like. You can always make it in larger amounts once you’ve decided you like a blend.

A good rule of thumb when blending your oils is to use a ratio of 30:50:20. That is, 30% of your blend is your top note oil, 50% is your middle note oil, and 20% of your blend is your base note oil.

So if you were using 10 drops total, you’d include 3 drops of your top note, 5 drops of your middle note, and 2 drops of your base note.

After you’ve mixed your blend, leave it to rest in a cool, dark place for at least 24 hours. Then it should be ready for testing.

Try it undiluted at first and see what you think. You can also try diluting it using carrier oils such as grapeseed oil or jojoba oil. Add 1 drop of your blend to 4 drops of a carrier oil to make a 20% dilution of your blend.

Don’t be afraid to experiment until you discover a blend you really like.

Happy blending!

How Do Essential Oils Work?

How Do Essential Oils Work?

Essential oils have been used by different civilizations throughout history, including the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. Some of the things for which essential oils have been used include perfumes, medicine, to promote emotional well-being, and even as part of the embalming process. But just how do essential oils work?

How Do Essential Oils Work?

Essential oils can work in three different ways:

Pharmalogically

This basically means the chemical changes triggered when an essential oil enters your bloodstream. So, when an oil gets into your blood various chemical reactions will take place as the oil reacts with enzymes, etc.

Physiologically

This refers to how the use of an essential oil affects your body’s systems. So for example, some oils will have a sedative effect while others will act as stimulants. Indeed, the same oil may act as a sedative on some parts of the body, but also act as a stimulant on other parts.

Psychologically

The psychological effect is what happens to you when you inhale the aroma of the oils and respond to it.

It’s true that there’s still much work to be done to fully understand exactly how and why essential oils work in the way they do. And much of the scientific community remains sceptical of aromatherapy and its benefits. But the empirical evidence that they do work is there for all to see. And only a tiny proportion of plants in the world have been tried and tested. So who knows what other wonderful essential oil natural remedies may be out there somewhere.

Introduction To Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil – An Introduction

As its name kind of gives away, coconut oil is an oil that’s extracted from coconuts. It’s an edible oil and finds an incredible number of uses.

For example, it’s often used in cooking, especially in curries. And many people use it as a frying oil too.

But the really interesting side to coconut oil is its incredibly wide range of healthy benefits. It’s one of the few foods that really do deserve to be labelled a ‘superfood’.

Here’s just a few of the areas where coconut oil can be used beneficially:

  • For skin care
  • To improve the immune system
  • To aid digestion
  • For hair care

Coconut Oil For Skin Care

If you’re looking for a great massage oil, then coconut oil certainly fits the bill. It’s a great moisturizer for dry skin. Indeed, it’s great for all skin types.

And there are no side effects when you apply coconut oil to your skin. This is a big advantage it has over mineral oils.

Coconut oil is also excellent for preventing and treating the common signs of ageing, such as saggy skin and wrinkles.

Coconut Oil For The Immune System

Coconut oil has anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. Because of this, it’s great for boosting the immune system and helping your body to fight harmful bacteria and viruses.

Coconut Oil For Digestion

Coconut oil helps you to absorb nutrients such as amino acids and vitamins. In addition, because of its anti-microbial properties it helps to deal with the bacteria and other things that can cause indigestion.

Coconut Oil For Hair Care

You’ll find coconut oil as an ingredient in many hair care products. It helps to strengthen and improve your hair, and give it a lovely shiny appearance. It also helps to prevent and treat dandruff too.

As well as these few benefits of coconut oil I’ve discussed here, it has many other uses too. Not least its use in helping weight loss.

I’ll cover many of these uses of coconut oil in future articles, so stay tuned!