You’d think that living in Hawaii, I would be smart about sun exposure. And I am…usually. But last week I got caught out in my kayak several miles from shore without extra sun protection. By the time I made landfall, my face was red and very burned. In fact, I felt like I had a fever. Luckily, I carry a bottle of Lavender essential oil in my car. I applied 8-10 drops directly to my face –neat–no carrier oil. I went home and applied ice to my face and rested. My skin was still angry and inflamed and i felt sick. But I know from experience the effect of Lavender on a sun burn. I woke up the next morning without a trace of a burn.