All About The Sun

 Light to moderate exposure to the sun makes us feel good, it helps the body manufacture vitamin D, gives us energy after a long, cold winter, it warms the soul, and leaves a rosy-golden glow upon the skin. On the flipside, overexposure dries out our skin, causes wrinkles, blotchiness, and premature aging, and leads to skin cancer. 10 – 20 minutes of sun exposure each day, (without sun screen), before 10:30 AM and after 4:30 PM, is good for our physical health as well as our emotional well-being. However, if you’re going to be in the sun for a longer period of time apply a good sunscreen. This is especially important if your on a beach. Water and sand can reflect the sun’s rays further enhancing its effect. Always wear at least a SPF-15 sunscreen but you may need more depending on your skin type. The best non-chemical, highly effective sunscreens are the new titanium dioxide-based sunscreens. They can be used by all skin skin types, even sensitive, and are relatively sweat and swim proof.

Sun Body Lotion

This lotion leaves skin very soft and smooth. It can be used daily as a regular moisturizing lotion but is also a wonderful choice to apply while in the sun or after being in the sun. It does not provide sun protection.

4 tablespoons aloe vera gel

2 tablespoons chamomile tea

2 tablespoons anhydrous lanolin

¾ cup grapeseed oil

1 teaspoon borax

1 tablespoon beeswax

1 tablespoon cocoa butter

15 drops sandalwood essential oil

In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine the lanolin, grapeseed oil, beeswax, and cocoa butter. Heat just until wax is melted; slowly stir in the borax while stirring constantly with a whisk. In another small saucepan, warm the aloe vera gel and chamomile tea. Stir both pots occasionally as they cool. When almost cool, combine both pots and add essential oil and stir again to mix. Use approximately 3 tablespoons per use. Discard after 30 days. Makes approximately 8 applications.

Natural Sunscreen

This provides minimal sunscreen protection for normal to dry skin. It makes a great after-bath skin softener.

¼ cup anhydrous lanolin

¼ cup light sesame oil

4 teaspoons vitamin E oil

¼ cup sweet almond oil

1/3 cup aloe vera gel

15 drops sandalwood essential oil

Combine all the ingredients in a squeeze bottle. Store the bottle in the refrigerator when not in use. Use approximately 2 tablespoons per use. If not refrigerated, discard within 3 weeks.

Sunburn Relief

To reduce the pain and help speed the healing:

Add 2 cups apple cider vinegar to cool bath water and soak for 10 – 20 minutes.

Apply cold aloe vera gel directly to sunburn. Apply several times per day.

Apply cold, strong black tea directly to sunburn with soaked cotton pads. Apply several times per day.

Apply an oil or ointment of St. John wort leaf and flower, chamomile flowers, and calendula flowers.

Apply fresh aloe leaves.

A few drops of lavender oil added to St John’s wort oil applied to the affected area relieves the pain.

After sitting in a cold bath for 10 minutes, apply lavender essential oil to the affected area. One drop will cover a large area. Make sure the lavender has covered the whole area and don’t overdo it. If lavender essential oil is not available use eucalyptus essential oil instead.

Natural Sun Filter

Sesame oil is a natural sun filter, you can add it to your bath to help filter the sun.

Prolong Your Tan and Nourish Your Skin

2 tablespoons sesame oil

2 tablespoons almond oil

10 drops lavender essential oil

5 drops chamomile essential oil

1 drop bergamot essential oil

2 drops geranium essential oil

Mix all ingredients well. Shake before each use. Apply all over the body after showering or bathing.

 

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