Homemade Sun Relief Spray – All Natural and Non-Toxic

I went with one of my besties to the farmer’s market this Saturday, and shame on me, did not go prepared with sunscreen. We were having so much fun, leisurely walking around without the kids, gabbing away, that I thought I’d be okay. The temperature rose to 78 degrees and it was bright and sunny! I had a tank maxi dress on, and this fair-skinned, freckled girl got fried. Yep, my shoulders turned a nice shade of hot pink! I can hear my mom scolding me now… 

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Oh Apple Cider Vinegar, How I Love Thee!

So, in order to ward off any blistering and peeling, as I could tell it was going to be bad, I thought I’d try some good ole apple cider vinegar (ACV), aloe and lavender oil. Those of you who’ve been around here for a while know how much I love ACV – it was one of the very first things I wrote about and continues to be one of the most popular posts on the blog two years later! I’ve also written about how I use it on me and my kids when we get any kind of insect bite – it really helps to stop the itching. And of course, how I use it as a conditioner for my hair as part of the no-poo method!

Naturally, I turned back to it for help and it delivered. I’ve sprayed this on my toasted skin about four times and it really helped!

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The Recipe

Now, I just threw this together in a glass spray bottle and didn’t measure, but it’s about…
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  • 1 tablespoon raw, organic apple cider vinegar (where to buy)
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • Optional – 1 tablespoon organic aloe vera gel (not jelly, but the liquid gel) (where to buy)
  • 5-10 drops of lavender essential oil or frankincense, or a combo of anything with Frankincense as it is a wonder oil for the skin. Other oils that would work well include carrot and rosemary, or peppermint as all are soothing to the skin. (where to buy high quality essential oils).
  • glass spray bottle where to buy

Just spray on as often as you need, until your skin is all better! Once again, nature saves the day!

Some Notes

  • If you find this is too strong for your kids (essential oils and apple cider vinegar can sting on open cuts or wounds), then reduce the amount of either or just add more water until it is diluted to your liking.
  • Keep away from the eyes and any open wounds or cuts as it will burn (I just hold my hand over my kids’ eyes and it does the trick).
  • Make sure you start with a clean glass bottle – best way is to boil it on the stove for a few minutes, but soap and hot water will work, too.
  • It’s very safe and can be used as many times as you need it.
  • Don’t worry, you won’t smell like a walking pickle jar! That’s the great thing about ACV – the smell is gone once it dries!
  • The aloe is optional, just a booster to make it even better. Other ideas include vitamin e oil, jojoba oil, and even olive oil.
  • Lavender oil is great for the skin, others to try would be Gentle Baby (a blend), Ylang Ylang, or Carrot Seed.

It’s now been a week and I never did have any peeling, itching, blistering or anything. I was certain all of that was coming because I’ve been burned like that before, but it looks like the power of God’s nature came in and kapowed it’s butt!

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About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.


  1. I knew ACV would be part of the formula even before I clicked on the link! I, too, use ACV for a burn; my method is slightly different but here’s what I do: I soak a washcloth in a 25/75of ACV and water, wring it out a bit, and cover the burned area for a few minutes; repeat as necessary. Takes away the sting and keeps me from peeling. Of course, since I’ve cleaned up my diet (no grains, more healthy fats, especially fermented cod liver oil/butter blend), I find I can tolerate the sun much longer than I used to (I’m very fair also).

    Good info!

  2. Hello Mrs. McFall,
    Thank you for all these wonderful recipes. They are wonderful. I just had a few questions if you don’t mind. Firstly, do you need organic acv or can I use the normal stuff my mom buys at Walmart? And do you need essential oils or are they just for smell? I’m pretty positive that we don’t have any of that in the house :).
    Also, I wanted to know if you had a recipe for clearing up acne. I’m in seventh grade and I have it all over my face and shoulders. Makes it a bit embarrassing to where a tank top ;). If you do THANK YOU! in advance. If not, I understand.
    Thank you so much!

    P.S. Your crochet patterns are the best. I’m going to ask my mom if I can participate in the crochet-for-cancer cal although it might be easier if I just donated them to my local hospital.

    • Hi Kate! You can use the non-organic one, but I imagine it will not be as effective as the organic raw one is full of nutrients and vitamins. But, in a pinch, try the one you have on-hand for sure! The essential oils in this recipe are for medicinal purposes – apple cider vinegar alone is very powerful, so the EO’s give it an extra boost to speed up healing. I haven’t tried the recipe without the oils, but I know it won’t be as effective. I’m so terribly sorry about the acne – I suffered terribly from acne as a teenager, so I know how you feel. I wish I knew then what I know now – about how much diet affects everything. Acne is a sign of poor gut health, but can be fixed with diet. Read this post about how I switched to eating real food to get started. Also, I would switch to using all natural everything on your body – read here for shampoo and conditioner, and here to use this recipe for a body wash (just omit the oil).

      And I LOVE that you’re a crocheter, too, and one of my younger followers! Welcome to the blog, dear!

  3. Fuego Azul says:

    ACV doesn’t surprise me in being the main ingredient in this brilliant concoction. I read in one of my many “simple solutions” books that rubbing a raw red apple on your sunburn helps prevent it from peeling & what-not.
    Lol, luckily, my Better Half & I are nocturnal, thanks to our careers. :p
    His employees call him “Vampiro” (Vampire) & me “Vieja” (Old Woman). We prefer to knit, crochet, & read ’til night falls, then we run our errands & work. 🙂
    But this recipe is ingenious as we live in a very sunny climate & don’t trust store-bought “sunscreen”. We will definitely try this out & let you know! Thank you!

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