Sunburns Sunburns are usually first-degree burns only affecting the epidermal layer of the skin.  They are caused by over exposure to the sun or other source of UVR (ultraviolet radiation).  The result is a red painful skin that feels hot to the touch. Severe sunburn can lead to blistering and be classified as a mild second-degree burn.

The best cure for sunburn of course is prevention, especially for sensitive skin. Also be aware that, although direct sunlight is a risk, partly cloudy days or direct sunlight with reflecting water can be even more risky.   For general information the classification of burns is included.

Classification of Burns

The severity of burns is indicated by the degree of the burn. The higher the degree number the worse the burn.  A simplified description of the degree of burns is included below:

First-Degree Burns – Only affects the outer layer (epidermis) of the skin with redness and discomfort.

Second-Degree Burns – Extends into the second layer (dermis) of the skin.  As the epidermis is damaged it separated from the dermis and fluid accumulates.  This blistering is the most common characteristic of second-degree burns.  As the epidermis is compromised the possibility of infection is present.  This is also the most painful of burns since the nerve endings in the dermis may be exposed.

Third-Degree Burns – Extends through the epidermis and dermis and into the subcutaneous tissue of the skin.  Blisters may form and infection must be considered.  The nerve endings may be destroyed with the burn such that there is no feeling.

Forth-Degree Burns – In very extreme cases damage extends below the skin layers into muscle and bone tissue.


Oils & Blends:  Frankincense, Lavender, Melaleuca, Peppermint, Sandalwood

Also consider: Helichrysum, Roman Chamomile

Suggested protocols:


Add 20 drops each of Lavender (soothing, healing) and Peppermint (cooling) to a 2 ounce spray bottle. Fill the remainder with either water or fractionated coconut oil.  Shake and apply as soon as possible to the sunburned area. Repeat every 2 hours for the 4 to 6 times.

Continue with a blend of 1 ounce fractionated coconut oil and 20 drops each of Lavender and Frankincense sprayed or applied directly 2 to 4 times daily.  If there is any blistering add 20 drops of Melaleuca to the mixture to prevent any infection from open sores.


To prepare a moderate sunscreen add 60 drops each of Helichrysum and Lavender to a 2 ounce spray bottle.  Others have noted that replacing Lavender with Sandalwood proved even more successful. Fill the remainder with fractionated coconut oil. Spray on and use as any store purchased sunscreen.

Before and after:

8 – 10 drops each Helichrysum, Lavender and Sandalwood with 5 oz Hand &Body Lotion, 1.5 oz filtered water in an 8 oz squeeze bottle. Shake and use before and after sun exposure.

Note * – The information on this website is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have used essential oils and has not been reviewed by those that have used essential oils and has not been reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious Medical Concerns consult your doctor. Please treat this website for reference purpose only.