All Natural Sunscreen – Essential Oils are a Chemical Free Alternative!
An all natural sunscreen can be easily made from essential oils. Essential oils have been used for thousands of years to prevent sunburn, treat burns and sunburn successfully!
Did you know that the Egyptians mixed Myrrh with animal fat to prevent Sunburn? Yes, we have seen the Egyptians drawings showing men and women with “cylindrical cones” on their head and thought oddly of this tradition. But, the cones actually contained the all natural sunscreen mixture!
Why Use or Make All Natural Sunscreen?
Like so many of our hair, skin and personal care products, most sunscreen ingredients are toxic for the body and create many of the skin conditions we encounter today.
Using safe sunscreen that we can make is good for the planet, our animals and our children. Therapeutic grade essential oils can form the base of an organic, biodegradable and chemical free sunscreen! And we get all the benefits of using essential oils as well. So why not use them?
What Types of Sun Burns can be Remedied with Essential Oils?
All types of burns will benefit from using therapeutic grade essential oils. Sunburn is considered a first degree burn or a minor burn where only the outer skin in damaged. For second degree burns, please see the section on burn home remedies.
What Essential Oils are best for Natural Protection?
Essential oils that have natural anti-inflammatory and sun blocking properties are the best. Here are a few suggestions:
• Lavender Essential Oil
• Helichrysum Essential Oil
• Myrrh Essential Oil
• Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
While you could apply most of these oils NEAT (undiluted), it is best to mix them with a base or carrier oil.
What Oils can I use as a Carrier Oil?
There are natural vegetable oils that provide great moisturizing and sun protection as well. Here is a list of suggested oils:
• Coconut Oil
• Jojoba Oil
• Sesame Oil
• Avocado Oil
• Wheat Germ Oil
• V-6 Mixing Oil
Of course we want to use the best quality oils available because they are absorbed into your skin! Organic virgin oils are the best. V-6 is a mixture of several vegetable oils that I use to dilute my oil remedies. One can also use aloe vera gel; although personally, I tend to use this more in the after sun or sunburn remedies.
Coconut oil is my personal favorite. I gave up buying body creams and lotions many years ago. Its not too heavy and it is good for your body of course. If I am going to the barn I coat myself in coconut oil and Ortho Sport if I am going to the beach or pool its coconut oil and lavender!
Most people gasp when I tell them this because they only know the strong artificial coconut oil smell that is in the commercially made sun tan oil. But I can ensure you, the smell is very faint and mixed with the lavender I actually smell quite pleasing!
What Oil Amounts Should I Use for All Natural Sunscreen?
A good rule of thumb is 5- 10 drops of essential oil per ounce of vegetable oil. But for safety reasons also read the recommendations for the individual oil as well.
I use a little more when I haven’t seen the sun in awhile and use a little less when I have. If one is fair skinned, then err on the higher end! Or when you know you will be in the sun longer. And of course, re-apply after you get wet.
If one is using all natural sunscreen with essential oils on their pet, then again follow the guidelines outlined in the appropriate animal sections as far as dilutions, since cats are rather sensitive creatures!
The home made sun tan oil should be stored out of the direct sunlight and in a cool place when you are out of the sun so it does not degrade. Once oils are mixed with vegetable oils they start to breakdown to some extent so my advice is to make the sunscreen in small batches as needed!
What Essential Oils Should I Avoid in the Sun?
Remember to avoid essential oils that contain citrus; and this includes your blends! These oils are photosensitive and can create skin spots or discoloration of the skin. Make sure you review the information on the individual oil for important safety information such as this.
What if I get Sunburn?
There are essential oils that provide first aid for sunburn as well. Review the section on home remedies for sunburn for oils that fit in this category.
Rosemary Essential Oil and Coconut Oil
According to Melanie A. Sachs, author of “Ayurvedic Beauty Care,” practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine and beauty care use a mixture of rosemary essential oil and coconut oil to increase hair growth on both the scalp and face. To use rosemary essential oil, make a mixture that is one part rosemary essential oil and ten parts raw, pure coconut oil. Gently dab a clean cotton ball or pad in the mixture and apply it to the skin. Leave the mixture on for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing the skin with cool water. There is no need to wash your face with soap unless the rosemary essential oil irritates your skin. You can apply this mixture to the skin up to two times per day. Note that is it is important to maintain the ten-to-one ratio when using essential oils to avoid irritating your face.
Amla Oil and Mustard Leaves
According to Sachs, a mixture of Amla oil and mustard leaves is commonly used to help facial hair grow faster. To use Amla oil and mustard leaves, mix one-quarter cup natural Amla oil and three tablespoons mustard leaves in a blender and blend until the mixture forms a smooth paste. Apply the mixture to your face in the bathtub or shower and leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse your face with cool water before washing with a gentle cleanser. You can use this treatment daily as long as the Amla oil or mustard leaves do not irritate your skin. You can store unused portions of this mixture in the refrigerator for two to three days.
Lime Juice and Cinnamon Powder
According to Vasant Lad, author of “The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies,” you can use a mixture of lime juice and cinnamon powder on your face to help facial hair grow faster. To use lime juice and cinnamon powder on the skin, mix two tablespoons freshly-squeezed or all-natural lime juice and one teaspoon cinnamon powder in a small mixing bowl or measuring cup. Thoroughly blend the mixture with a spoon before applying a thin layer to the face. Leave the mixture on for 25 to 30 minutes before rinsing the skin with cool water and washing with a gentle cleanser to remove the sugar from the lime juice. Pat the skin dry with a clean towel and apply your regular moisturizer to keep the skin from drying out. You can repeat this treatment two times daily as long as no irritation occurs.
Curry Leaves and Coconut Oil
According to Melanie A. Sachs, author of “Ayurvedic Beauty Care,” a boiled mixture of curry leaves and coconut oil can be used as a topical treatment to help return some color to white hair. To make this mixture, combine ¼ cup curry leaves with 1/8 cup coconut oil in a small saucepan and bring to the boil over medium heat. Remove the saucepan from heat and cover. Set aside until the mixture has cooled to just above room temperature. Gently massage a small amount of the mixture onto the scalp with a towel around your neck and leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse your hair with lukewarm water and shampoo with a gentle shampoo and conditioner. This treatment can be used daily as long as it doesn’t bother your scalp or skin, and unused portions of the mixture can be kept in the refrigerator for 48 hours.
Carrot Seed Essential Oil and Sesame Oil
According to Vasant Lad, author of “The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies,” a mixture of carrot seed essential oil and sesame oil can be applied to the scalp and roots of the hair to help cure white hair. To make this treatment, combine ½ tsp. carrot seed essential oil and 4 tbsp. sesame oil in a dark, clean glass bottle with a tight-fitting lid and shake to combine. Gently massage the mixture onto the scalp and roots of your hair and leave it on for 30 minutes. Rinse your hair with warm water and wash with a gentle shampoo and conditioner. This treatment can be used once per day, as long as it doesn’t cause any irritation. Unused portions of this mixture can be stored in a cool, dark place for up to one month.
Amla Juice, Lime Juice and Almond Oil
According to Reenita Malholtra, author of “Ayurveda: A Holistic Approach To Health,” a mixture of amla juice, lime juice and almond oil is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine and beauty care to restore color to white and gray hair. To make this mixture, combine 1 tbsp. amla juice, 1 tsp. lime juice and 4 tbsp. almond oil in a small container and shake or stir to combine. Massage a small amount of this mixture onto the scalp and leave it on for 45 minutes before rinsing with cool water and washing with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. This natural remedy can be used daily as long as it doesn’t irritate your skin or scalp, and any part of the mixture not used in the first treatment can be kept in the refrigerator for 72 hours.
Almond Oil and Sesame Seeds
According to Vasant Lad, author of “The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies,” a mixture of almond oil and ground sesame seeds can be applied to the scalp to help stop hair from turning white and, in some cases, reverse the process. To make this mixture, combine 4 tbsp. almond oil with 1 tsp. sesame seeds in a blender or food processor and puree for 10 to 15 seconds. Massage the liquid onto the hair follicles and scalp and leave it on for 20 minutes with a towel around your neck to prevent dripping. Rinse your hair with warm water and wash with your regular shampoo and conditioner. This treatment can be used daily unless it irritates your scalp; unused portions can be kept in the refrigerator for up to two weeks for later use.
Carrot Root Essential Oil, Fenugreek Essential Oil and Jojoba Oil
According to Jennie Harding, author of “The Essential Oils Handbook: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality and Well-Being,” a mixture of carrot root essential oil, fenugreek essential oil and jojoba oil can be applied to the scalp to help turn white hair darker over time. To create this mixture, combine 1 tsp. carrot root essential oil, 1 tsp. fenugreek essential oil and 6 tbsp. jojoba oil in a clean bottle with a tight-fitting lid and shake it to combine the ingredients. Gently massage the mixture onto the scalp and leave it on for 1 hour before rinsing with clean water and washing with a gentle shampoo and conditioner. This treatment can be repeated daily as long as it doesn’t cause any irritation or redness; unused portions can be stored in a cool, dark place for 90 days.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Blackstrap Molasses
According to Paul C. Bragg, author of “Apple Cider Vinegar: Miracle Health System,” a mixture of apple cider vinegar and blackstrap molasses can be consumed on a daily basis to help white hair regain some of its natural color in some cases. To make and use this mixture, combine 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar with 1 tbsp. blackstrap molasses and 4 oz. hot water and stir to combine. Drink the mixture once per day, preferably after eating your first meal. This remedy can be used daily, but it should be noted that it may not be ideal for those with diabetes. If you have diabetes and want to use this remedy, consult your doctor first.
Flaxseed Oil and Vitamin C Powder
According to Sharon D. Chappelle, author of “Nappy Journey: The Twisted Road to Natural Hair,” a mixture of flaxseed oil and vitamin C tablets or powder can be used to help aid in hair growth. To make this mixture, crush 1 vitamin C tablet in a mortar and pestle and mix it with 3 tbsp. of flaxseed oil. Gently massage the mixture onto your scalp after washing with a gentle shampoo and conditioner and leave it on for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. Let your hair dry naturally without using heat to dry your hair. This treatment can be used daily as long as it doesn’t bother your skin. Unused portions should be stored in the refrigerator for no more than 5 days.
Basil Essential Oil, Arnica Essential Oil, Bay Essential Oil and Jojoba Oil
According to Ann Worwood, author of “The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy,” a mixture of basil essential oil, arnica essential oil, bay essential oil and jojoba oil can be applied to the scalp to help speed up hair growth. To make this mixture, combine 1/2 tsp. of basil essential oil, 1/2 tsp. of arnica essential oil, 1/2 tsp. of bay essential oil and 12 tsp. of jojoba oil in a small container and stir the mixture to combine the oils. Massage the mixture onto the scalp for 4 to 5 minutes before rinsing it out with lukewarm water and washing your hair with a gentle shampoo and conditioner. This treatment should be used once daily and the unused portions should be stored in a cool, dark and dry place for no more than 30 days.
Atlas Cedarwood Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil and Grapeseed Oil
According to Colleen Kaye Dodt, author of “The Essential Oils Book: Creating Personal Blends for Mind & Body,” a mixture of Atlas Cedarwood essential oil, lavender essential oil and grapeseed oil can be used to make hair grow faster and stronger than usual. To make this mixture, combine 1/2 tsp. of Atlas Cedarwood essential oil, 1/2 tsp. of lavender essential oil and 8 tsp. of grapeseed oil in a small container and shake or stir to combine. Massage the mixed oils onto the roots of your hair and scalp and leave the mixture on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse your hair with lukewarm water and wash it with a gentle shampoo and conditioner. This treatment can be used once per day, and the unused portions can be kept in a cool, dark place for up to 1 month.
Capsicum Essential Oil and Jojoba Oil
According to Jennie Harding, author of “The Essential Oils Handbook: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality and Well-Being,” a mixture of capsicum essential oil and jojoba oil can be applied to the scalp to help get rid of premature gray hair.
To make and use this mixture, combine 1 tsp. capsicum essential oil with 10 tsp. jojoba oil in a small, dark-colored glass bottle and shake to mix. Gently massage a small portion of the oil onto the scalp for 2 to 3 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water and washing with your regular shampoo.
This treatment can be used daily as long as it doesn’t irritate your skin or scalp, and unused portions of the mixture can be stored for up to 90 days in a dark, dry and cool area.
Alfalfa Essential Oil, Carrot Essential Oil & Avocado Oil
According to Ann Worwood, author of “The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy,” alfalfa essential oil, carrot essential oil and avocado oil can be used to help fight premature gray hair.
To make this home remedy, combine 1/2 tsp. alfalfa essential oil, 1/2 tsp. carrot essential oil and 8 tsp. avocado oil in a small container and shake or stir. Gently massage a small amount of the mixed oils onto the scalp and roots of the hair. Leave the mixture on for 20 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water and washing with a gentle shampoo and conditioner.
This treatment can be used every day as long as no irritation occurs, and unused portions can be stored in the medicine cabinet or cupboard for up to 60 days.
Henna Powder, Fenugreek Seeds, Fresh Basil, Fresh Mint & Coconut Oil
According to Melanie A. Sachs, author of “Ayurvedic Beauty Care,” a mixture of henna powder, fenugreek seeds, fresh basil, fresh mint and coconut oil can help combat prematurely gray hair.
To make this mixture, combine 1/2 tsp. henna powder, 1 tsp. fenugreek seeds, 1 tsp. chopped fresh basil, 1 tsp. chopped fresh mint and 4 tsp. coconut oil in a blender and puree on high speed for 10 seconds. Massage half of the mixture onto your scalp for 4 to 5 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water and washing with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.
This treatment can be used daily as long as it doesn’t bother your skin or scalp, and unused portions can be stored in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
Amaranth Greens(Pinks)Leafy Veg Recipes
Amaranth is another effective home remedy for hair disorders. Application of the fresh juice of the leaves of this vegetable helps the hair to retain its black colour and prevents it from premature greying. It also helps the growth of the hair and keeps it soft.
Amaranth Greens/Pinks leafy Vegetable
Amaranth (Thotakoora) greens are the best and easily available green leafy vegetable.But for me only this pink variety is available here in this part of the World..
Amaranth is an 8,000 year old crop called “Super-Food”,Ideal for Vegan/Vegetarian,Heart Healthy ,Suitable for Gluten-Free and Diabetic Diet.
Amaranth has High Nutritional Profile and Rich and Colourful History. Its flowers are mentioned in Poetry. Where the name amaranth comes from Greek which Means Never-Fading -Flower.
Amaranth is a Gluten-Free Nutritional Power House.This grows anywhere,even under difficult weather conditions no other food plant could sustain.Its seeds are also used in different ways.
Amaranth has mild flowery smell and nutty flavour.High in Calcium,Iron,protein,Magnesium,Fibre and Phytosterols which Scientists say plays part in prevention of all kinds of diseases
Read 10 reasons to use Amaranth in gluten-free diet on About.com
The Basic Amaranth Greens (Thotakoora) Fry.
Amaranth Leaves – 2 bunches or packs,pick leaves and tender stalks,wash and drain then chop finely.
Onion – 1 large finely chopped
Green chili – 2 sliced
Curry leaves – 1 sprig
Garlic – 2 big pods grated
Mustard and Chanadal – 1/2 tsp
Oil – 2 tbsps
Turmeric powder – 1/6 tsp
Coriander powder – 1/4 tsp
Salt – as per taste.
Prepare the amaranth(Thotakoora) leaves as said and keep.
Place a skillet or pan and add oil and heat,Drop the mustard and chanadal and fry a bit till it splutters.
Add the chopped onion,green chilli and curry leaves and saute till onion edges turn slightly brown.
Sprinkle the turmeric and coriander powders and stir ,throw in the chopped leaves and continue stirring till it wilts and cover cook 3-4 mins on low.
Now add garlic and salt mix well and fry 3 more mins and turn off heat.
Move into a serving dish.
For Variations We can add Egg or Yoghurt or Moong dal or Fresh Coconut to turn the basic fry into different Dishes.
Three dishes with Amaranth
Amaranth Fry with Eggs
Amaranth Fry with Egg
Just add Eggs according to your requirement and stir fry till done.
For Amaranth Fry with Yoghurt
Amaranth Fry with Yoghurt
For this Dish Take the prepared fry into a bowl and add whisked yoghurt and salt and mix well.Ready to serve with rotis or chappatis.
For the Amaranth Moong Dal Fry
For this tasty dish soak a cup of Moong Dal for 30 mins and drain ,then add to the dish while in the process after adding the chopped leaves and continue as the recipe says.
Serve hot with rice or rotis.
For amaranth (With Fresh Coconut) Fry
Add a cup of fresh Coconut in the last process of this fry,i.e after adding garlic and salt add fresh coconut and do as the recipe says.
Tastes good when served with rice and dal or Pappu charu.Makes a good Andhra Meal
- Wheat flour-1 1/2 cups
- Gram flour-1/2 cups
- Chilli powder-1 1/2 tsp
- Oil-1 tbsp
- Salt to taste
- turmeric powder-1/2
- asafaetida-2-3 pinches
- Cumin seed-1/2 tsp
- Oregano seeds-1/2 tsp
- Coriander finelly chopped
- Adding all the above ingredients knead a slightly stiff dough and cover with wet cloth. Break off bits and make small potato sized balls.
- Roll to 3-4mm thickness.
- Place on tawa as for phulka once brown spots appear place directly on gas flame and puff,with the help of tongs.
- Apply ghee or butter .
- Serve hot with any pickles ,sweetened mango preserve,curds or jam.