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9 Best Essential Oil Blends for the Summer

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9 Essential Oil Blends for Summer

Summertime means heat. And while I may live in Seattle renowned for its cold, rainy weather, summers here are surprisingly warm, sunny (sometimes), and humid. And that humid heat definitely gets to me, especially since I grew up in dry Southern California. The lingering sweat stuck to my skin calls for something refreshing to help cool my body down. And not only is the humidity a damper on my summer, but the increased sun exposure from lying out near the lake all day catching a few of those precious, rare sun rays is never fun when you’re left burned the next day.

So to help make this summer stress-free, I’ve decided to incorporate essential oils into my daily summer routine. The variety of uses from essential oils can help to stay cool, soothe skin, repel bugs, and more! Below are the best essential oils to use during the summer along with three essential oil blends to try. Please note that using essential oils by themselves (without a carrier oil) can cause skin irritation because they are highly concentrated. Carrier oils can be sweet almond oil, olive oil, coconut oil, sesame oil, etc. Pick your favorite–just make sure it’s organic!

1. Cool Down Remedy

-Peppermint
-Spearmint
-Eucalyptus

 

2. Sunburn Soother

-Lavender
-Roman chamomile
-Tea tree

 

3. Bug Banisher

-Lavender
-Lemongrass
-Lemon eucalyptus

 

4. Bug Bite Treatment (and Itch soother)

-Lavender
-Eucalyptus
-Cajeput
-German chamomile
-Tea tree

 

5. Allergy Tamer

-Cypress
-Lemon
-Rosemary

 

6. Energy Booster

-Basil
-Peppermint
-Rosemary

 

7. Cooling Body Mist

To refresh yourself and avoid overheating, try this cooling body mist. Make sure to shake the bottle each time before spraying and do not spray on face. Additionally, the lavender and lemon eucalyptus in this blend makes this mist an effective insect repellent as well.

Items needed:

4 oz. clean spray bottle
30-40 drops of essential oil blend
3 oz. distilled water
Cooling essential oil blend:
20 drops lavender
8 drops lemon eucalyptus
4 drops peppermint

 

 

8. Sore Muscle Massage Blend

For achy muscles from gardening, sports, or exercise, try a relaxing massage using essential oils. Below is a nice blend to help soothe those sore muscles.

Items needed:

Small bottle
15 ml carrier oil
10 drops of essential oil blend

Massage blend:

15 ml jojoba oil or sweet almond oil
4 drops rosemary
4 drops eucalyptus
2 drops lavender

 

9. Healing Body Butter

Bug bites and sunburns are all too common during summer. So to help heal your skin, below is a calming body butter with essential oils to treat bites and burns.

Items needed:

Double boiler
½ cup cocoa butter
½ cup shea butter
½ cup almond oil
Glass jar
30 drops of essential oil blend

Healing essential oil blend:

20 drops lavender
5 drops eucalyptus
5 drops tea tree

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients except essential oil blend in a double boiler and bring to a medium heat, stirring constantly until all ingredients are melted.

Place in fridge and let cool for 1 hour

Take out of fridge and add essential oil blend

Use a hand mixer to whip for 10 minutes

Place in fridge for 10 minutes

Store in a glass jar

essential oils body butter

Related: 5 Best Natural Oils for Skin

12 Amazing Uses of Essential Oils

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Photo: Peaceful Dumpling; Khadija Dawn Carryl

 

Jessica Renae

Jessica Renae

Jessica Renae is a freelance journalist based out of Northern California. As an eight-year-long vegetarian, Jessica is obsessed with everything veg. Some of her favorite things include endless hikes through her backyard forest, challenging yoga poses and lazy days spent with her cats. Follow her on Instagram @jessbuxbaum.
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