The summer heat waves will be here any day now, but despite the sweltering temps, I LOVE summer because there is so much less STRESS.
Forget the rush-rush busy school mornings, it’s time for relaxing and chillin’ with the children!
Enjoying long lazy days, soaking in the sunshine (and vitamin D) and the beauty of the outdoors—glorious!
There are some things about summer that I could do without though…
• too much sun (there’s an oil for that)
• insects & pests (there’s an oil for that)
• sweltering heat (there’s an oil for that)
• outdoor adventurer over-do (there’s an oil for that)
• sand everywhere! (there’s NO oil for that…sorry!)
Despite the sand overload (how does it get in there?!), I’m still looking forward to chillaxing in the sunshine, because I’m armed with essential oils to take care of those summer bummers.
Here are my summer essentials oils to keep summer fun all season long:
Overdone in the Sun
Some things just don’t mix well together…oil & water, sand & sunscreen, pale white Irish skin & the California sun. The latter comes from plenty of firsthand (painful) experience!
Luckily, this after sun spray not only COOLS fried skin, but SPEEDS RESTORATION, so the amount of time you have to hear people rib you about being as red as a lobster will be brief.
- pour 1/2 cup aloe vera juice in a 4 oz. glass spray bottle
- add 10 drops Lavender essential oil + 10 drops Peppermint essential oil + 10 drops Frankincense essential oil
- shake before each use and use liberally
Here’s why this combo works so well:
Lavender soothes and relieves.
Frankincense is practically miraculous at helping to rejuvenate skin.
Peppermint cools on contact–like opening the freezer on a sweltering day!
Aloe Vera is well-known as a natural treatment for burns and helps minimize peeling
Bugs & Bug Bites
If we can avoid the bugs in the first place, we won’t have to worry about them leaving any bothersome “souvenirs” on our skin.
But, the call of summer fun is so enticing, sometimes we forget to prepare ourselves.
So, here is how essential oils can both prevent bugs from making you into their personal buffet, AND how to take care skin irritations, if you’ve already been snacked on.
Store bought bug repellants contain chemicals that insects don’t like—and you won’t like them either.
DEET has side effects including dizziness, disorientation and seizures.
Foggers, candles and aerosol sprays can cause respiratory problems when we inhale the fine particles that are released.
Here’s the alternative: TerraShield, the Repellant Blend
This special blend contains only pure essential oils (like Catnip Plant, Eucalyptus, Citronella & more) in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil.
Not only does is prevent you from becoming a bug buffet, it actually smells AMAZING! For more info on TerraShield and to order, contact me here.
Apply directly to the skin, or combine 30 drops with water in a 4 oz glass spray bottle and spray before and during outdoor adventures.
*avoid spraying the face/eyes.
Skin Irritation Relief
Now, if you’ve already been victimized by an flying or crawling beastie, you can still get relief.
Lavender is the go-to oil soothing skin irritations. Apply directly to the affected area and repeat as needed.
Roman Chamomile is another oil that provides a calming effect on the skin. Both of these oils can be applied “neat”, that is without dilution.
By the time August rolls around, the novelty of warm weather starts to lose it’s charm. (Actually the charm fades pretty much INSTANTLY after the July electricity bill comes it.)
Beat the heat with an instant blast of cool. Peppermint oil (also Spearmint and Eucalyptus) has a high percentage of menthol, which help the body chill instantly. (this is why Peppermint is amazing for fevers, to cool when overheated.)
When it’s too d@$n HOT, make this cooling mist spray and say goodbye to sweaty pits and shorts clinging to your bum.
Peppermint Cooling Mist Spray
- Add 3-5 drops of Peppermint (or other cooling oil) in a 2 oz. glass spray bottle.
- Fill bottle with water (tap or distilled)
- Shake before each use. Spray on arms, feet, neck and chill out!
*do not spray in your face. Avoid or use with caution on kids.
We all know the best way to stay cool and replenish the moisture lost (from sweating like a pig!) is to drink plenty of water.
Adding citrus oils to your water is excellent for internal cleansing and gives it a flavorful boost. Both good incentives to drink up!
Citrus oils include:
Drip 3-4 drops of citrus oil into a 16 oz. water bottle. Shake before drinking.
You can also add a drop of citrus oil to ice cube trays, for lightly flavored ice to add to water or your favorite drink. (*only use oil brands that specify they can be taken internally.)
If summer is your season to enjoy the outdoors more, your BODY may not be as ready for the adventure as your MIND is!
Boardwalk biking for miles sounds good, but the aftermath of waking up in the same pose as when you were on the bike is REAL. (This, from personal experience!)
For those hiking heroes, seasonal sporties, and trekking tourists, overdoing the fun can lead to sore muscles, but it doesn’t have to sideline you for long.
These essential oil blends will help you feel better faster and be ready for the next exploit on the itinerary.
Wintergreen + Lemongrass: this oil blend soothes sore muscles & joints. Just rub on after (smart) or before (smarter) exercise. You can layer the layers–no need to let them dry in between. The Wintergreen provides a cooling sensation, while Lemongrass is warm.
*don’t get it in your eyes!
Cypress + White Fir + Peppermint: this combo is my husband’s favorite. Great for calming overworked areas, tight muscles and relieving pain. Dudes, don’t worry, the smell is totally manly—what’s more macho than wood?!
You don’t have to be vacationing in a foreign country to get your digestive system out of whack.
Last summer, between parties, irregular schedules and eating on the road during short local trips, our stomachs felt like they went on a gastrointestinal tour of a frat house.
My must-haves for tummy trouble are Peppermint, Ginger and Digestzen.
Peppermint: Peppermint is perfect for occasional stomach upset and to help ease nausea.
Digestzen: The best tummy taming oil to rally your digestive system and make it stop PUNISHING you for stuffing it silly. This is doTerra’s exclusive blend, bringing together blissful belly oils like Peppermint, Fennel and Ginger. To pinch a tagline, when you’re traveling, I say “Don’t leave home without it”!
To use, rub directly on your tummy, or add a couple of drops to a glass of water and drink up.
Easing Motion Sickness
Essential oils are also awesome for those who get sick from planes, trains and automobiles.
In addition to the other tummy calming oils, Ginger is excellent for creating a sense of equilibrium while at the same time, reducing nausea.
For motion sickness, apply Ginger (or Peppermint) directly to your tummy, and/or wrists. Also, try diffusing it in the air, or drip a couple of drops on a tissue and inhale.
The No-Bummer Summer
If you’re like me, you want to squeeze every minute of fun out of summer—especially if you’re on a vacation.
So, when you’re packing your bags, don’t forget to pack these summer essentials to keep up the fun all season long.
Make like a Boy Scout and be prepared! Grab your own essential oils here.
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