Summer means a lot of sunshine and even when careful, sometimes we get a bit too much sun. I am super careful about the sun - I spend a lot of time outside with the kids, in the garden, at the community garden, and at the CSA picking during the summer. I am also taking medication for my RA which makes me photosensitive, so I can burn easily. Aaaand there is the whole hot flashes business. So needless to say I find myself sometimes feeling like my skin is just on fire, even when we are careful about when and where and how much sun we get. This offers a cool refreshing immediate feeling of relief. I carry it in the cooler sometimes when I know we will be out for awhile, and I always have a bottle in the door of my fridge.
This spray combines several gentle ingredients that have properties which can help reduce inflammation, soothe the skin, and promote healing.
One 4 oz. glass spray bottle or two 2 oz. bottles
3 oz. distilled water
2 tsp. organic apple cider vinegar
3 Tbsp. fresh aloe vera gel (use a plant or a good quality gel, not the neon green fragrance added goo from the pharmacy)
20-25 drops of lavender essential oil
First, remove the gel from your aloe. Aloe is such a great plant everyone should have one at home! Simply remove one or two stems (depending on how large they are). On a cutting board make a slice down the entire length of one side and peel the stem open into one flat piece. Using a butter knife, gently scrape down along the stem from end to end, removing the liquid material, leaving the green outer shell. Once you have 3 Tbsp. of fresh gel, break up any thicker bits using the back of a fork, and then put all of your aloe in the spray bottle.
Next, add the distilled water and apple cider vinegar, close the lid, and shake well for a minute. Finally, add your essential oils, screw on the top again, and shake well one last time.
Clearly label your bottle and store in a refrigerator. This should keep in the refrigerator for at least a month. Shake well before using. Don’t spray directly on your face, spray onto your hands first and then apply to your cheeks/forehead/nose. When I feel like I'm burning up I often spray the mist into the air and walk into it, or spray my chest/neck.
A chilly refreshing healing spray feels SO good on hot skin. While it is best to not get burned, sometimes in the summer we get a little too much sun or just feel overheated (not to mention hormonal overheated) and this refreshing herbal spray can help provide quick relief.
Optional :: Try reducing the distilled water to 2.5 ounces, and adding .5 ounces of a good quality organic witch hazel in the recipe. I prefer alcohol-free spray, but the really good quality witch hazel can give additional relief for those times you have too much sun.
I am a certified aromatherapist, clinical herbalist, organic gardener, plant conservationist, photographer, writer, designer, artist, nature lover, permaculture designer, health justice activist, whole foods maker, and mother of two unschooled teens in south central Wisconsin.