Summer’s here! The weather is beautiful and we want to be out in the sun and enjoy all that nature has to offer. Whip up this easy to make and effective sunscreen to stay protected.

Natural Sunscreen

12 ounces shea butter

3 ounces olive or jojoba oil

1/3 cup zinc oxide powder

1/2 teaspoon each lavender and peppermint essential oils


Melt shea butter, take off heat, and add olive or jojoba oil. Allow to cool for 15 minutes and stir in the zinc oxide and essential oils. The zinc may want to settle to the bottom of the pot. Place the sunscreen in the fridge and stir every 5 minutes until the zinc stays emulsified but the sunscreen is still pourable. Pour into jars and use liberally before, during, and after sun exposure.


Sunburn Relief

If you do stay out in the sun too long, here a recipe to cool the burn.

3/4 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon lavender essential oil


Mix oils thoroughly and apply gently to burned area. Use liberally several times a day as needed. Avoid contact with eyes. Lavender essential oil helps to alleviate sunburn and speeds healing. The olive oil is super moisturizing. Together, this amazing combo relieves sunburn and helps to prevent peeling. // (Suzanne Tabert)


[Feature photo: Soothing essential oils.]