Go out in the sun & soak up some vitamin D!
Wait!, what? You heard the sun can cause skin cancer, so you must apply a layer of your handy-dandy sunscreen first.
Is the sun really all that bad: well lets think about that a minute, the sun is the reason the plants grow, that sunrises keep us in awe, that summer days are so well summery & we get that all important Vitamin D from the sun, but most importantly without the sun there would be no life.
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Sunburned: Of course sun exposure does not need to equal getting sunburns, you want to avoid bad sunburns if at all possible, but just mild skin pinking usually is no real concern & we will even discuss ways to get rid of that pink on your skin as fast as you got it, & ways to sooth even the worst sunburns.
Were you aware your diet can help prevent sunburns? Did you know commercial sunscreen block our bodies from getting vitamin D from the sun? Or did you know that natural raw oils are great sunscreens?
————-Diet & Sunburns.
Info on diet from “Home with Purpose”: Here is a great post I found on just this subject, Don’t Be Sun-Phobic: How the Sun and a Nutrient Dense Diet Work Together For Our Benefit!
Commercial sunscreen & Vitamin D
Article on “Sunscreen Accelerates Cancer and Blocks Vitamin D Generation”: Article here: Make sure & read the whole article as it also discusses diet & sunscreen & cancer.
And make sure to research the subject of sunscreen & vitamin D yourself, some sites claim sunscreen does not block vitamin E so only you can decide for yourself once researching.
Raw coconut oil: Trusting Your Skin to Coconut Oil Like Islanders Have for 1000′s of Years (Coconut oil is even better than Olive oil for skin)
Foods you can eat to provide your body UV protection & protect you from burning: Egg yolks, peanuts, kale, broccoli, greens, yams, green tea, black tea, cabbage, berries, goji berries, fermented Cod Liver Oil, raw coconut oil, real butter, ghee, black seed oil, bell peppers, grapes. fermented foods, natural dark chocolate, cacao, cacao nibs & many nuts.
————-My DIY Sunscreen
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Just using coconut oil as sunscreen works well for most people who do not burn easily, or for around doing yard work etc, but a day at the beach or the lake may require more for us fair skinned people, & so I give you a recipe that works for me & as a great dual purpose product the sunscreen can be used as “body butter” moisturizing cream.
DIY recipe: I will share with you my sunscreen recipe & tell you why I add each item in the recipe next to it in the ingredients list. I will also share with you options to add or replace ingredients to make a sunscreen that works best for you & your family. You will also not find Zinc Oxide in my DIY recipe like you will see on lots of other sites, for a couple of reasons, I like to be very natural with mine & my children’s skin & I have 2 kids who will break out in hives from Zinc Oxide, if you prefer you can add it to the recipe but to me it works just fine without it. So my recipe works perfect on all my kids including the sensitive skinned ones, & works great on me & my husband, so it is great for the whole family of any age even the fairest of skin. Just remember anybody can be allergic to anything so adjust accordingly.
Essential oil warning: Do not ever use citrus essential oils for sunscreen, they can cause burns. Stick to Lavender, Carrot Seed, Myrrh, Rosemary, Helichrysum, Roman Chamomile, Tea Tree, Cedar wood, Rose, Clove, Thyme, Frankincense & Patchouli essential oils (range from cooling to burns to repelling bugs), some also use peppermint but it is to strong for some people so be aware of this & avoid, lemon, lime, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, citrus blends or blends with citrus in them, also avoid bergamot. Essential oils are optional You can add these alone or in a mixture.
Body Butter: if you use a body butter recipe please be aware of the essential oil warning above.
(In the photo, one of our cats Snowball smelling the coconut oil sunscreen, all our animals love coconut oil so he probably thought this jar was for him lol)
To make my sunscreen I do it the same way I make whipped coconut oil “Body Butter” so you can check out my body butter recipes here for more ideas. This Sunscreen is teen approved & great for kids too 🙂
1 to 2 cups of raw unrefined coconut oil (solid form) SPF 10+ to 20+ (Coconut oil on Amazon)
1/4 to 1/2 cup Wheat germ oil SPF 20
1/8 cup real Olive oil (beware most olive oil is fake) – California Olive Ranch is a great brand- SPF 8 (Amazon)
1/8 cup Hazelnut oil (reverses effects of free radicals from the sun) If you have nut allergy see alternative ideas below.
1/8 cup Jojoba oil SPF 4
1.4 to 1/2 raw shea butter SPF 6+ to 10 (can be optional but gives sunscreen nice consistancy)
5 to 20 drops each essential oil or essential oil combo
Optional: 1/8 cup Honeysuckle infused oil (SPF of oil used, I used Coconut oil SPF 8, Olive oil SPF 8, Almond oil SPF 5 & wheat germ oil SPF 20, Honeysuckle is Sweet & calming floral scent, antibacterial & anti-inflammatory properties)
——Just as a note, it is best to make your sunscreen with just oils, or oils with essential oils.
Misting skin before applying with a DIY floral water like rose water can add more spf
You also need a quart glass jar with a lid like a mason jar & a hand mixer.
Add 1 cup of the solid raw coconut oil to a quart jar, & use one beater on the hand mixer & whip the coconut oil right in the jar, add 1 item at a time continuing to whip the oil, when you add the essential oils start out at 5 drops each & wait until you are done to see if you want more. Add more coconut oil & whip it all together making sure to not over fill the jar. Use the amount of any of the oils that gets the consistency you desire. Seal lid on jar. & store in room temp spot. This can melt if it gets warm. If you want to make it easier to carry add some to a reusable squeeze tube or in an old shampoo bottle etc.
Simply rub on all exposed skin making sure to rub in well & applying liberally, works best to apply 10 to 15 minutes before sun exposure but can also safely be applied in the sun as well, reapply as needed & after swimming.
—————-Oil options to use as replacements:
SPF: Replace any of the liquid oils above with these oils or add them as well if you prefer, you want the purest natural unrefined oil you can get for the SPF benefits:
- Castor oil or Black Castor oil SPF 6
- Sesame seed oil SPF 2
- Avocado oil SPF 15
- Raspberry seed oil SPF 25+ to 50
- Carrot seed oil SPF 30+ to 40+
- Palm oil or Palm shortening SPF 5+ & 20+
- Hazelnut oil SPF 15
- Jojoba oil SPF 4+
- Shea Butter SPF 6+ to 10
- Macadamia oil SPF 6
- Emu oil SPF 15+
- Tamanu oil SPF 20
- Argan oil SPF 30+
- Rosehip seed oil SPF 15
- Natural Unrefined Cocoa butter SPF 15
- Vitamin E oil SPF 15
- Neem oil SPF 15
- Essential oils are usually SPF 4+
- Grape seed oil SPF 5+
- Wheat Germ oil SPF 20+
- Raw coconut oil SPF 10+ to 20+
- Refined coconut oil SPF 5
- Fractionated coconut oil SPF 3+ to 5
- Olive oil SPF 8+
You can also add pure Aloe Gel (spf 20) or floral waters (spf 4 to 15) to skin before applying oils.
SPF stands for “Sun Protection Factor”.
————-Enjoy the sun!
We currently live in Tennessee & love to spend time outside & at the lake, we reapply the DIY sunscreen about every hour or so. But I am a Floridian with very pale skin, we will be visiting FL this summer & the beach so my DIY sunscreen will be getting a FL Sun testing & I hope it works very well. I have 3 kids who burn like me & 3 that tan like daddy, but all of us will be using the DIY sunscreen.
Most of all I want to encourage everyone to get outside & enjoy the sun, soak up some vitamin D, wear a hat if needed & slather on some DIY sunscreen when needed, Play in the sun for health!
For fast sunburn relief.
Treating a sunburn fast can prevent un needed pain, can prevent peeling & itching & may even turn you from burn to tan.
#1 Sunburn relief: Add a box or 2 of baking soda to a luke warm/cool bath stir in well & climb in & soak 20, 30 minutes or longer, repeat as needed, Adding about 10 to 20 drops of Lavender essential oil would also be great, after the bath pat dry & add the above DIY sunscreen.
#2 Sunburn relief: If a bath is not possible dissolve 1 box of baking soda in a gallon or 2 of water, stir in some lavender essential oil, either use wash clothes or strong paper towels add them to the water & wring out a little so as to not drip & lay on burned skin. You can also use a sponge & apply to skin, after apply the above DIY sunscreen.
#3 Sunburn relief: Add 3 to 4 cups of apple cider vinegar (if no ACV white vinegar) to a luke warm/cool bath & climb in & soak 20, 30 minutes or longer, repeat as needed, Adding about 10 to 20 drops of Lavender essential oil would also be great, after the bath pat dry & add the above DIY sunscreen.
#4 Sunburn relief: A spray bottle with 1 part cold Plantain water, 1 part Colloidal silver to 5 drops lavender essential oil. Spray on skin well & repeat as needed. If no colloidal silver try just Plantain water. After apply the above DIY sunscreen.
#5 Sunburn relief: Add 1 to 2 cups Epsom salt to a luke warm/cool bath & climb in & soak 20, 30 minutes or longer, repeat as needed, Adding 1 cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup of peroxide & about 10 to 20 drops of Lavender essential oil would also be great, after the bath pat dry & add the above DIY sunscreen.
————Info on some oils as sunscreen.
Raw Coconut oil: I found this awesome Blog by “Holistic Chic blog” (article here)
Wheat Germ oil: It is a source of vitamin E, which is an antioxidant.
Hazelnut oil: Used as sunscreen it is able to filter all the harmful rays of the sun. That is why most sunscreens contain hazelnut oil. For more sun ray blocking effect you can mix this oil, coconut oil, sesame oil, avocado oil, &/or walnut oil. Another way to utilize the benefits of hazelnut is great for skin care & can be applied under make-up or with creams & lotions. Regular application of hazelnut oil is able to reverse this process by eliminating the free radicals.
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