Summer is about sunny skies, warm weather, swimsuits, and camping! The trees produce flowers, and fruits are bountiful.
It's the perfect season to blend and diffuse certain essential oils for specific summer needs! Perfect for soothing the skin, cooling sunburns, and repelling those blood sucking mosquitos. Not to mention their pleasant aroma that can help shift moods.
Essential oils have been used for ages in different cultures worldwide for various reasons around the home and treating certain conditions, from healing burns to reducing cellulite. Others are used for their cooling effects as well as repelling insects.
Here are some HELPFUL ESSENTIAL OIL RECIPES to use during summer:
Outdoor parties, camping, picnics, and dinner on the porch are some of the activities everyone looks forward to enjoying during summer. Family and friends meet to enjoy each other's company as they enjoy conversations and great weather. Unfortunately, it is time for the bugs to come out and play. It is not a summer without the bugs. However, a simple homemade bug spray can get anyone through the summer pain-free. A homemade spray can make the difference between enjoying your summer or having a horrible time.
The best essential oils for insect repellents include eucalyptus, lavender, tea tree, peppermint and citronella. You can use one of the oils or a combination, depending on your preference. However, a quick word of caution - its wise to test a small patch on your skin for sensitivity to make sure the oils don't react badly with your skin.
Here is a simple recipe that you can use to make your insect repellent bug spray at home:
- Small spray bottle
- Distilled water
- Witch hazel
- Essential oils- any listed above
Add 15 drops of each essential oil you're using to a small (2-4oz) glass spray bottle, add about a tablespoon of witch hazel, then fill the rest of the bottle with filtered water. Shake the bottle well. It is ready to use!
Essential oils can even be used to help reduce the appearance of cellulite on the body! (Can I get a hell yeah?) Cellulite is where fatty tissue forms on the thighs, stomach, hips and buttocks, making the skin look lumpy, giving it a dimpled appearance.
Cellulite is not a condition to worry you, but it can affect a person's confidence.
These essential oils help improve the appearance of cellulite, and they include lemon, grapefruit, citrus, and rosemary.
It's advisable to mix the essential oils with a carrier oil such as coconut, almond, grape seed, or jojoba. Coconut is the best as it helps to boost collagen production, which is excellent for the skin. Using the oil without the carrier can cause skin irritation or a severe skin reaction when the oil is exposed to the sun, and it can lead to skin discoloration.
Here is a DIY recipe to prepare and use as you get ready for your summer activities:
Mix 5 drops of your preferred essential oil with a teaspoon of the carrier oil.
Apply on your area of interest and gently massage the oil.
Repeat the massage process twice a day for best results.
Essential oils also smell great! They can also be used to treat certain mental and physical conditions. These oils bring smiles and good vibes that can help you feel great and improve your mood. The following unique blend of these essential oils can help boost your energy, create a relaxing and calming mood, and release stress: citrus (lemon, lime and grapefruit), peppermint, sweet orange, lavender, eucalyptus, and jasmine. A combination of eucalyptus and peppermint can also effectively decongest a stuffy nose and relieve a headache.
You can use the essential oils independently, but you can mix them with a carrier oil to avoid skin reactions. A simple way to use the oils to boost your mood is to add a few drops to a room diffuser. Lavender oil is used in aromatherapy due to its versatility. It is excellent for relaxing and improving sleep and treating menstrual cramps, nausea, depression, and insomnia. Many spas and gyms use peppermint, rosemary and lavender essential oils as a welcoming scent to create good vibes.
Add 15-20 drops of essential oil to 6 teaspoons of carrier oil if applying to your skin. In case you are adding to a diffuser, add a few drops and enjoy the fragrance.
During the height of summer, temperatures can be relatively high, resulting in a scorching kind of day. Peppermint and spearmint essential oils contain menthol, which is excellent as it offers a cooling effect from the heat. The oils are perfect for helping the body relax while reducing fatigue. Eucalyptus oil also can change your brain's perception in terms of your body heat, cooling it down.
Peppermint oil has also been used to treat a fever when applied to the skin due to its cooling effects. For people who are sensitive to mint, a good substitute is eucalyptus oil which, in addition to body temperature regulation, is also a great anti-inflammatory.
Here is a simple homemade cooling spray:
- Distilled water
- Witch hazel
- Spray bottle
- Essential oil(s)
- Mix equal parts of water and witch hazel in the spray bottle.
- Add four drops each of peppermint and lavender essential oils
- Combine in the spray bottle and shake well.
Sitting in the sun for long without sunscreen can cause sunburn, which needless to say is extremely painful! Over exposing your skin to the sun's ultraviolet rays can destroy your skin cells. Continuous overexposure can result in your skin wrinkling as well as raises the risk of getting skin cancer.
If you get a sunburn, essential oils such as peppermint, lavender, chamomile, geranium, eucalyptus, and tea tree oils can help soothe and calm the inflamed skin hydrated well as relieve the pain.
It is advisable for sunburn treatment you mix the essential oils with a carrier oil to avoid further damage to your skin. The combination should be three drops of essential oil to 5 drops of carrier oil. Some carrier oils that you can use include sweet almond oil, coconut or olive oil. Test a small area of your skin for any skin reaction before applying to the affected area.
Here are two simple ways you can make your DIY home remedy for a sunburn:
The first one is to combine 1-2 drops of essential oil with two tablespoons of carrier oil and use it as an ointment.
Secondly, you can mix 1-3 drops of essential oils with aloe gel and 1 cup of water. Mix in a spray bottle and shake well, and it's ready to use!
Some essential oils are great because of their antiseptic properties and can be mixed in creams and shower gels. They are also used as scents around the home and create good vibes. As you consider whatever purpose you want to use your essential oil, here are some precautions to take while using essential oils to ensure the desired outcome:
● Keep essential oils away from your eyes.
● Do not ingest any of the essential oils.
● In case of a skin reaction, consult a doctor immediately.
● Should a child consume any essential oil, do not induce vomiting, give some milk and go to the hospital.
● Essential oils are flammable and should be kept away from any fire.
● Diffuse and blend the oils in a well-ventilated area or room.
● Avoid using photosensitizing before going out in the sun.
● If you are not sure about any of the essential oils, dilute it to be on the safe side.