At last… Summer! That much-awaited season with the most fun! The warmer weather and longer daylight hours are perfect for spending time outdoors.
But all that summer sunshine comes with a few drawbacks. Too much exposure to the sun and the elements can take its toll on your skin. Some days it takes a toll on your mood too.
Why waste the best few months of the year battling sunburns, dry skin and bug bites?
One way to make the most of the summer months is by using essential oils. Learn more about the top essential oils for summer and how to use them.
Peppermint is one of the most versatile essential oils and it’s particularly great to have on hand during the hot summer months. The high menthol content in the oil has a wonderfully cooling effect on the body.
Here’s an easy cooling mist spray to get the cooling effects of peppermint essential oil.
Recipe for Cooling Mist Spray with Peppermint Essential Oil
Combine a few drops of the oil with witch hazel or distilled water in a dark colored glass spray bottle. Toss it into your carryon bag or beach bag.
Spritz lightly on your neck, arms and torso when you need to cool off. You’ll feel instantly refreshed after a day at the beach or a day out shopping.
Peppermint also has a stimulating effect. Feeling hot and tired after an activity-filled day? Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to your diffuser for that extra push you need to make it through the rest of the day.
Basking in the sun is the highlight of summer. Unfortunately, we all know too well the after effects of too much sun exposure. Sunscreen helps but it has its limitations, especially if you stay out too long and forget to reapply.
Lavender has a long reputation for the treatment of all types of burns. It can be used several ways to provide quick relief from the searing pain.
One way is to make your own After Sun Spray with lavender essential oil.
This cooling spray will help soothe your sunburned skin. Keep it in the fridge when not in use so it feels extra cool when you apply it on your skin.
Lavender is also wonderful for soothing itchy skin, whether it’s from the sand or pesky bugs. Remember to blend it with a carrier oil before applying on your skin.
Sometimes, too much activity can leave everyone too wound up to sleep. Lavender essential oil can work wonders to resolve this problem.
Lavender has a calming aroma that is wonderful for unwinding after a long, fun-filled day. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil in your diffuser close to bedtime to help everyone settle down and get ready for bed.
There are several ways to use lavender essential oil to relax and unwind. Add a few drops to a warm bath. Light a lavender scented aromatherapy candle. Make your own relaxing pillow spray with lavender essential oil. Spray on your pillowcases before getting into bed.