Sunburn Relief Spray and Compress

Soothe tender, overexposed and sunburned skin with this antioxidant-rich sunburn relief spray and compress.

| August 2015

  • In Jessica Ress’ book, “100 Organic Skincare Recipes” (F+W Media, 2014), find step-by-step instructions to restore the body with more than 100 toxin-free recipes for facial masks, body scrubs, home-spa treatments and more.
    Cover courtesy F+W Media
  • Combine green tea, yerba mate and other antioxidant-rich ingredients to create this soothing sunburn relief spray and compress.
    Photo courtesy Jessica Ress, Diane Harrison and Adams Media

Whether you have sensitive skin or just want to build a natural skin-care regimen, Jessica Ress’ book, 100 Organic Skincare Recipes (F+W Media, 2014), will teach you how to nourish the body with oils, herbs and other organic ingredients. This excerpt offers an antioxidant-rich, cooling Sunburn Relief Spray that will help heal tender skin quickly.  

You can purchase this book from the Mother Earth Living store: 100 Organic Skincare Recipes.

Sunburn Relief Spray and Compress

There is nothing like a cool mist of this Sunburn Relief Spray and Compress to soothe your tender, overexposed skin. The green tea used in this recipe contains tannic acid, theobromine, and polyphenols—all of which are soothing and healing to sunburned skin. In addition, yerba mate is a South American super-antioxidant that helps speed tissue repair. With the addition of cooling peppermint and the skin healers chamomile and aloe vera, this concoction is sure to soothe the sting of a sunburn!

• 4 cups filtered or spring water
• 1/4 cup fresh peppermint leaves
• 1/4 cup fresh chamomile flowers
• 1 tablespoon loose leaf yerba mate
• 1 tablespoon green tea leaves
• 1/2 cup aloe vera juice
• 10 drops peppermint essential oil

What you will need: Kettle, large saucepan, spoon, strainer, quart jar, spray bottle

To make: Boil 4 cups of water in the saucepan. Remove from heat and add the herbs and tea, stirring with a spoon to moisten thoroughly. Let the infusion steep for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain the herbs from the brew and pour into the jar. Place in the fridge and cool completely, 15 to 20 minutes. Once the brew has cooled, add the aloe vera and essential oil. Seal the lid tightly and shake well to blend.

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