Essential Oils for Summer
This is a great time of year for me to introduce you to the many ways you can use essential oils for summer to support your holistic well-being for home and family.
I'm bringing together a collection of great tips, nifty DIY home recipes for skin and health as well as product recommendations and easy links where you can order your supplies so you are armed and ready for summer, naturally!
Essential oils are not only useful for aromatherapy but many can be applied to the skin and some can be taken internally. Be sure to check out these safety precautions when using essential oils AND read about how to be sure your essential oils are pure! What you put in your skin absorbs into your body....
Don't let the bugs bug ya!
Insect repellent – many essential oils can be considered all purpose insect repellents such as citronella, lemongrass, cedar, eucalyptus, lavender and patchouli. You can order any of these single oils very affordably from one of my favorite companies Mountain Rose Herbs.
I highly recommend investing in a couple of powerful certified pure therapeutic grade blends to have on hand for application to skin. I want to point you toward one of my other favorite resources
doTerra has many blends that can be applied directly to the skin OR mixed in a carrier oil or mixed with witch hazel. Terrashield and Purify are wonderful blends of oils that repel mosquitoes, ticks, fleas and other insects.
Keep the ants away with peppermint oil. Just put a drop of peppermint at the location where the ants are coming in or apply to a small piece of cotton.
Get rid of pantry moths with rosemary oil. Rub rosemary oil into the walls and shelves of your pantry to keep those pesky moths away.
Ban cockroaches from your home with basil oil. You can mix 10 drops of basil into 4 ounces of water and 1 ounce of castile soap into a spray bottle or you can put a few drops on a cotton ball and place strategically where roaches are commonly hiding.
Stay Refreshed with Natural Deodorant
For a soothing, cooling, deodorizing experience, mix the ingredients in these recipes in a glass bottle and dab on under arms with a cotton ball or your finger tips.
White Fir & Juniper Berry
1 oz Witch Hazel
10 drops organic cedarwood essential oil
2 drops of organic juniper berry essential oil
Lavender & Peppermint
- 1 oz Witch Hazel
- 10 drops organic lavender essential oil
- 5 drops of organic peppermint essential oil
Protect Skin from Sunburn with a Home-made Recipe
- 2 tbs organic coconut oil
- 1 tbs organic shea butter
- 1 tbs organic avocado oil
- 1/2 tsp organic sesame oil
- 1/2 tsp organic aloe vera gel
- 30 drops organic carrot seed oil
- Melt the coconut oil and shea butter a bowl set in a pan of hot water (don't let any of the water get into the bowl).
- Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
- Pour the oil into a clean glass jar and let cool.
Soothe Sunburn Naturally
The combination of aloe vera and lavender expedite healing while the peppermint cools and provide immediate relief.
Mix all ingredients, pour into a glass bottle. Apply to the skin as often as desired. Keep this your fridge to maximize cooling effect on skin.
Summer Party Over-indulgence (Hangovers)
Try inhaling rosemary and lemon oils. You can also apply peppermint oil to the temples and the back of the neck.
Cooling Off in Hot Temps
Create a cold compress or a foot bath using the following recipe in a mix of 6 cups of cool water.
- 5 drops of peppermint oil
- 10 drops of grapefruit oil
Spritzes and Sprays
Spritze bottles are a great way to enjoy the cooling properties of various essential oils. On a hot day or to get immediate relief from insect bites and stings. Essential oils can be added to distilled or pure water or witch hazel in small amounts in a glass spray bottle. Since essential oils and water don’t mix well, make sure to shake the mixture gently before using. You can also buy hydrosols which are liquids infused with essential oils.
Soothing Summer Dry Skin
Carrier oils and butters can be excellent means to enjoy the benefits of essential oils in the summer. For cooling moisturizer try mixing a few drops of peppermint, spearmint or grapefruit oil with your choice of carrier oil or butters.
Don't have time to make your own recipes?
You can order ready-made products that will support your holistic, cool, healthy summer. Here are some of my favorites:
Mountain Rose Herbs carries some great organic, all natural products:
For Body Care - natural lotions, gels, wonderful products!
doTerra also offers high grade, pure products for summer skin.
Hydrating creme for aging skin with essential oils of jasmine, lavender, geranium and frankincense
May YOUR summer be cooler and more pleasant
.....with the WONDERS of essential oils....
** None of this information is intended to provide medical advice or treat/cure any disorder or disease. Some essential oils are counter-indicated for people with certain medical conditions. Consult your own health care practitioner and a professional aromatherapist to determine the appropriate essential oil blend for you and your specific condition or intention.