Summer is my favorite time of the year! I just love the warm weather and being outdoors. Along with being more active, I make sure to have natural remedies on hand for ticks, mosquitos, sunburns and more.
There are so many ways you can use essential oils and what I love most about them, is that they are safe, effective and multipurpose.
The most important thing to remember, is to practice essential oil safety. You should know that citrus oils, in particular, are photosensitive, which means you should not wear them on areas of your skin that will be exposed to the sun for 12 hours after applying the oil. It is best to use your citrus oils in the diffuser or in your recipes if you plan to be in the sun.
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Here are some of my favorite ways to use essential oils in the summer:
Toxic free cleaning: Add essential oils to your green cleaning products to for a natural disinfectant. My favorite essential oils for cleaning are lemon, OnGuard, tea tree, wild orange and spearmint. For a simple all-purpose cleaner, combine 1 part vinegar to 1 part water in a spray bottle and add 10-15 drops of lemon and 10-15 drops of tea tree oil.
Clear breathing: Clear your airways before exercise, especially if you have seasonal allergies. Diffuse Breathe essential oil before going outdoors and before bed. Apply 2-3 drops to your hands and inhale deeply before exercise.
Feeling overheated: Cool down with Peppermint spray. Add 20 drops of peppermint to a spray bottle with water and spritz your chest, arms and legs for a quick cooling effect. Great for hot flashes and fevers too.
Gardening: Keep pests out of your garden with peppermint. Fill a 16oz spray bottle with water and add 15-20 drops peppermint. Shake well and spray plants.
Trying to lose weight? Essential oils can help you control your cravings and provide natural appetite control. Choose Slim & Sassy, Lemon or Grapefruit for a metabolic boost.
Fitness: For sore or tight muscles, arthritis, or injuries, apply DeepBlue Rub to the area of concern before and after exercise. Deep Blue will help with mobility and pain reduction.
Summer Cooking: Essential oils are amazing for adding into recipes such as dressings, marinades, desserts and summer drinks.
My Favorite Slushie Recipe
2 cups fresh lemonade
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 lemon, juiced
4 drops doTERRA Lemon essential oil
4 drops doTERRA Lime essential oil
3 cups ice
3 tbs sugar
Combine all ingredients in a blender and serve immediately.
Sunburn: Make your own after sun spray. Peppermint and lavender are excellent for cooling and healing the skin.
After Sun Spray Recipe:
1 cup Aloe vera juice
1/4 cup carrier oil
1 tsp vitamin E
8 drops peppermint
8 drops lavender
Combine in a spray bottle and keep in the fridge for an extra cooling effect.
Tick and Bug Spray: Essential oils repel bugs naturally. Oils such as lavender, peppermint, tea tree, eucalyptus, cedarwood, spearmint and lemongrass are especially powerful for bug repellent. You can combine a few drops of essential oil with carrier oil and apply to skin. Or you can purchase our special outdoor blend, Terrashield, which is safe for kids and pets.
Motion sickness and Travel Anxiety: If you get nauseous driving or flying, just inhaling essential oils can help with feelings of nausea. Try our proprietary blend, Digestzen. Inhale a few drops from your hands and put a drop behind each ear.
For travel anxiety, I recommend our new calming blend, AdaptivTouch. Apply to pulse points and behind ears when feeling nervous or anxious.
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