With the temperature hitting 30C and higher, here's a cool idea. Using essential oils in the summer can be a great way to enjoy their refreshing and uplifting aromas, as well as benefit from their potential therapeutic properties. Here are some ways to use essential oils during the summer months:
- Diffusion: Use an essential oil diffuser to disperse the scent of essential oils throughout your space. Choose oils with uplifting and cooling properties such as peppermint, spearmint, eucalyptus, lemon, lime, grapefruit, or citrus blends. This can help create a refreshing and invigorating atmosphere.
- Cooling mist: Create a cooling mist by adding a few drops of essential oils to a spray bottle filled with water. Spritz the mist on your face or body for a refreshing and rejuvenating sensation. Peppermint, spearmint, and lavender oils are particularly cooling and soothing.
- Citronella for outdoor use: Citronella essential oil is known for its insect-repellent properties. Dilute a few drops of citronella oil in a carrier oil (such as coconut oil or jojoba oil) and apply it to your skin before heading outdoors. You can also add a few drops of citronella oil to a diffuser or a candle to help keep mosquitoes away.
- Aromatic bath: Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to your bathwater for a relaxing and refreshing experience. Choose oils such as lavender, ylang-ylang, chamomile, or citrus oils. Make sure to mix the oil with a carrier oil or an emulsifier (like bath salts or a dispersing agent) before adding it to the bathwater to ensure proper dispersion.
- DIY summer skincare: Incorporate essential oils into your skincare routine. Dilute a few drops of essential oils with a carrier oil (such as jojoba, coconut, or almond oil) and use it as a moisturizer or for massage. Chamomile, lavender, and geranium oils are soothing and gentle on the skin.
- Refreshing body spray: Create a homemade body spray by combining water, aloe vera gel, and a few drops of essential oils in a spray bottle. Shake well before use and spritz it on your body for a cooling and refreshing effect. Peppermint, spearmint, and citrus oils work well for this purpose.
Remember to always dilute essential oils with a suitable carrier oil before applying them directly to the skin, and perform a patch test to check for any adverse reactions. It's also important to follow the specific usage guidelines and precautions for each essential oil, as some may have specific restrictions or considerations.