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
2. Sunburn Soother
3. Bug Banisher
4. Bug Bite Treatment (and Itch soother)
5. Allergy Tamer
6. Energy Booster
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.
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
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.
15 ml carrier oil
10 drops of essential oil 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.
½ cup cocoa butter
½ cup shea butter
½ cup almond oil
30 drops of essential oil blend
Healing essential oil blend:
20 drops lavender
5 drops eucalyptus
5 drops tea tree
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
Related: 5 Best Natural Oils for Skin
Also by Jessica Renae: How to Get Soft, Kissable Lips
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