Summer Essential Oils – Sunburn – Bug Repellent – More
By Caryn Gehlmann
There are so many ways essential oils can enhance your summer experience; from easing bug bites, sunburn, rashes, and sore muscles, to adding a delicious twist to your favorite summer dishes or simply bringing the scents of summer into your home.
Here are a few of our favorite ways to use summer essential oils…
Cooling Spritzer Recipe
Mix 20-30 drops of one essential oil or a blend of the recommended essential oils in 1 ounce of water in a mister bottle. Shake well before each use and avoid getting it into the eyes. Keep your spritzer in the fridge to create a wonderfully soothing & cooling spritzer.
Bug Bites Spot Application
Use a Q-tip to apply 1 drop of essential oil or blend of Lavender and Peppermint directly to the bite. If your skin is sensitive, mix 1-4 drops of essential oil in 1 teaspoon of aloe vera or carrier oil and apply to the area in need.
Insect Repellent Spritzer
General guidelines for dilution ratio for use with healthy adults is about 2 ml essential oil/blend to 1 oz water. Spritz on your clothing.
Use any combination of these essential oils in your insect repellents: Citronella, Eucalyptus Citriodora, Geranium, Peppermint, Spearmint, Lemongrass, Juniper, Marjoram Sweet, Thyme. That’s right! Any of these essential oils will work to repel insects so you can mix and match! Click here if you need a spritzer bottle.
DIY Deodorant Recipe
- 6 tbsp baking soda
- 3 tbsp coconut oil (not fractionated)
- 12 to 15 drops your favorite essential oil combo
- In a glass jar or bowl, mix the above ingredients until uniform. If desired, refrigerate pit paste to solidify. With your fingers, scoop out a dime-sized amount and spread onto your underarms.
Summer Perfumes, Body Oils & Spritzers
Spritzers: Mix 20-30 drops of one or a blend of the recommended essential oils in 1 ounces of water in a mister bottle. Shake well before each use and avoid getting it into the eyes.
Perfumes: Mix 10-20 drops of one or a blend of the recommended essential oils in 1 tablespoon of jojoba. Apply to pulse points, such as inner wrists, behind knees, or backs of ankles.
Body Oil: Mix 6-30 drops of one or a blend of the recommended essential oils in 1 ounce of carrier, such as fractionated coconut oil or sweet almond oil. Apply to your skin, especially after a shower or bath. (Avoid using citrus essential oils 12 hours prior to sun exposure).
Body Lotion: Add 6-30 drops of one or a blend of the recommended essential oils in 1 ounce of fragrance-free, natural moisturizing lotion. Apply to your skin, especially after a shower or bath. (Reminder: do not use a product with mineral oil as an ingredient. The mineral oil molecules are larger than our skin pores so they sit on top of the skin and prevent essential oil absorption.)
SUMMER ESSENTIAL OIL RECIPES
You may be surprised to see recipes that include essential oils since as a general rule, I recommend that you don’t ingest essential oils. This is a serious issue, as many are doing serious damage to their health by ingesting essential oils, even those that come in capsules. (Read more about the dangers here.) However, the recipes you’ll find below are so diluted that there aren’t the same safety concerns. So enjoy the refreshing taste of summer and let me know if you find a new favorite recipe!
Strawberries with Bergamot
Strawberries – cut in half
Lime juice and exotic honey mixed together
1Tbs. olive oil with 2-6 drops of Bergamot
Ground or chopped cardamom seeds
For Chocolate Lovers — This recipe is my new favorite!
Chocolate ice cream
Mix 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil with 1-3 drops Bergamot…drizzle over ice cream
Top with REAL WHIP CREAM
Sprinkle lightly sea salt over whipped cream
For Strawberry Fans
1 drop Ginger essential oil OR fresh grated ginger
Mint leaf garnish
Scoop of vanilla ice cream
Arrange strawberries next to scoop of ice cream face down on a plate or to the side of ice cream in a bowl. Place Mint leaf twins between the ice cream and the berries.
Citrus Salad Dressing
3 Tbls Olive Oil
1 Tbls Rice, Balsamic or Apple Cider Vinegar
Salt and Pepper to taste
3-5 drops of e3 Orange Sweet essential oil
1 tsp of honey (optional)
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*Cautions: Avoid using citrus essential oils i.e. Lemon, Orange, Grapefruit, Lime etc. in any product that remains on skin and is exposed to sunlight or tanning beds. Citrus essential oils can cause photosensitivity.