Summer is here and it’s time to get outside, soak up some sun and enjoy the warmth while it lasts. While many people look forward to getting out and enjoying summer, many are not as excited about it. For many, this time of year means more stress, headaches, and allergies, not to mention the return of annoying bugs. The good thing is that there are some essential oils that can help you get through these three months.
There’s not much more annoying than planning a fun outdoor outing than being greeted by insects who make the outdoors their home. There are some oils and blends that can be used to un-invite them to your next get together. Citronella and tea tree oils are two of the best oils to use as deterrents. Others include catnip, eucalyptus, clove, lemon, and rosemary. Make a homemade bug spray by adding any combination of these oils with witch hazel water. Another option is to put a few drops of one or more of the oils on small sponges or washcloths and place them around the outside of the party area.
Add these oils to a carrier oil and apply it to the wrists or behind the ears, or wear diffuser jewelry and the essential oil of your choice. Several of these oils are premixed in Buggy Bye Roll On so it can be applied directly to the skin to help keep bugs away.
Fight Summertime Allergies
Summertime also means lots of flowers are in full bloom which means plenty of pollen is in the air. Using over-the-counter medications can have side effects such as drowsiness. Instead, try essential oils or oil blends using these top three:
- Roman Chamomile
When diluted with a base oil, Roman Chamomile can help relieve and control skin allergies. Simply mix two or three drops of the EO with a teaspoon of coconut oil or other carrier oil and apply to the affected area.
Peppermint and eucalyptus oils are beneficial for opening up the airways. Diffuse them into the room or dilute them with a carrier oil then rub it onto the back of your neck, temples, and chest for relief. One premixed blend, Breathin EZ can be diffused or mixed with a carrier oil and applied to the skin for relief as well.
Summertime Stress Relief
Summer may be considered a break, but sometimes it is the busiest time of year. The weather is warm, kids are out of school, there are events to attend or host, and lots of people to visit with. It can be loads of fun, but very stressful at the same time. A few of the oils that can be used to help ease summertime stress include:
Any of these oils can be diffused into your home. Another way to help find stress relief is to mix a few drops of an oil, or oils, with a carrier oil like coconut, sesame, or avocado oil and apply it to the pressure points such as your wrists and temples. Lavender oil is one type that can be used undiluted. Cedarwood, once diluted, can be rubbed onto the bottoms of your feet. It’s woody, pungent aroma will help you find a sense of calm.
Relieve Summertime Headaches
There are many things that can cause headaches including allergies, hormones, stress or adjusting to the warmer summer temperatures. There are some oils and oil blends that may be able to help soothe the pain including:
Dilute any of these oils with a carrier oil, then using a circular motion, apply it to the temples. You may also rub the mixture between your palms or breathe in their aromas with deep breaths. If you are tense and suffer from tension related headaches, apply the diluted oil to the back of the neck for some relief. Any or all of them can be added to a soothing, hot bath, or diffused. You may also want to wear diffuser jewelry to have relief when you need it. Basil EO is effective for relieving tension. Wintergreen aids with pain relief and rosemary has a calming effect.
Cool Body Mist for Overheating
Overheating is a common problem during the summertime. You can make your own cooling body spray mist using essential oils. Be sure to shake the bottle each time right before using it, and do not spray it in the facial area. One additional benefit is the lavender, lemon and eucalyptus also make it an effective insect repellent. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 4-ounce spray bottle
- 3 ounces of distilled water
- 20 drops of lavender EO
- 4 drops of lemon EO
- 4 drops of eucalyptus EO
- 4 drops of peppermint EO
Massage Blend for Sore Muscles
During the summer months, we tend to do many activities we don’t do the rest of the year. There are more activities to participate in like yardwork, gardening, sports and many others. But these can make your muscles sore, especially the first few weeks until you get used to them. Make your own all-natural muscle massage blend to help soothe sore, strained muscles. Here are the things you will need:
- 15 milliliters of carrier oil (coconut, avocado)
- 4 drops of rosemary EO
- 4 drops of eucalyptus EO
- 2 drops of lavender EO
Gently massage the essential oil blend into sore muscles for relief of the pain and stiffness.