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Four Carrier Oils for Sunburn
Summer is more-or-less over, and with the back-to-school routine may come some minor problems related to summer fun! One of these issues may be sunburn from long days spent in the sun. Fortunately, minor sunburn can be soothed with a simple carrier oil – if you know which one to choose. Here are my recommendations for carrier oils for sunburn.
Note: Please remember to seek professional health care advice with regard to serious health issues, and if you are unfamiliar with the use and safe application of essential oils. The information in this article is for educational purposes only.
Good quality carrier oils are predominately cold pressed; hot pressed carrier oils hold little therapeutic value.
Jojoba for Sunburn
Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) is native to the southwest United States and north-west Mexico and has traditionally been used for various ailments by native tribes for centuries, including as protection against the sun. The “oil” from the jojoba plant is more correctly defined as a wax and contains high quantities of stearic acid. It is extracted from the seeds of the plant.
Jojoba is suitable for use by all age groups. Apply a small amount to the skin to soothe and calm skin that is red, itchy, and inflamed from the sun.
Kukui Nut Oil for Sunburn
Kukui nut (Aleurites moluccanus) has been widely used by Hawaiian people for years. The oil is extracted from the seeds of the plant and is predominately made up of linoleic acid and linolenic acid.
Although not as well known, or as popular as some carrier oils, such as jojoba and sweet almond oil, kukui nut holds value when used to soothe sunburn and other similar skin conditions. Massage a small amount of the oil into the affected part of the skin. Kukui nut oil has no known contra-indications for use.(click the next button to preview the next page)