Essential Oil Sunscreen

Living a clean lifestyle in today’s world is pretty difficult with conventional store-bought products. With summer approaching, we are all reaching for the sunscreen to keep our skin safe—but is chemical-filled sunscreen really the best thing for our skin? We want to keep our skin protected from unhealthy UV rays, but we also want to keep it safe from unnecessary harsh chemicals.

We’ve created this sunscreen recipe that will keep your skin healthy and safe. The combination of these ingredients doesn’t just protect your skin; it keeps it hydrated and soft and will make you want to spend even more time in the sun. Now you can finally feel confident about protecting your skin!

Essential Oil Sunscreen

  • Servings: Yield=2 oz. (50 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Melt the shea butter and coconut oil over medium heat in a double boiler. You can create your own double boiler by placing the ingredients in a heat-proof glass measuring cup and placing the measuring cup in a pan with an inch or so of simmering water.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, and stir to combine.
  3. Pour the mixture into the lotion tottle, and let it sit until the mixture thickens.
  4. Rub on before going out in the sun!

Homemade Sunscreen

Protect your skin naturally while out in the summer sun with this all-natural homemade sunscreen. It is easy to make and looks and feels just like store-bought sunscreen! Your family won’t know the difference, but you will feel better knowing what you are putting on your children’s skin! A few things to know about this sunscreen:

  1. This sunscreen has an SPF of 20+ because the zinc oxide has an SPF of 20, the coconut oil has an SPF of 4, and the essential oils used in this recipe are also beneficial for protecting against the sun’s rays.
  2. It may need to be reapplied every hour or so, especially during water play. The beeswax in this recipe does help it be a little waterproof, but stay on the safe side and reapply fairly often.
  3. Even though it looks like it goes on pretty white in the above picture, it doesn’t stay that way. Just rub it on the skin, spreading it all over, and after a minute or so it will melt and disappear.
  4. This sunscreen will last through the summer—possibly even 2 summers depending on how fresh your ingredients are.

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Essential Oil Spotlight: Helichrysum

Helichrysum italicum is a flowering plant from the daisy family. Helichrysum is known for the strong “curry-like” smell of its leaves, although it has no relation to the curry spice mix (Wikipedia).

Helichrysum-Field

Historically, helichrysum was said to help treat asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough, headaches, liver ailments, and skin disorders (Modern Essentials, 71).

The French have used helichrysum for blood cleansing, viral colitis, detoxification, gallbladder infection, hematomas, hypo-cholesterol, liver cell functioning, lymph drainage, pain reduction, sciatica, sinus infections, skin conditions, stomach cramps, and as a natural sunscreen (Modern Essentials, 71).

Aromatically, helichrysum is said to be uplifting to the subconscious and able to help calm feelings of anger (Modern Essentials, 71).

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helichrysum_italicum

Modern Essentials, 5th edition, 2013, p. 71