Every time summer rolls around I go back to the days of playing in water parks and Will Smith singing that song that I carried with me through my childhood like a treasured accessory. It will forever bring up memories of popsicles, boons farm, and sneaking out to meet boys as I listened to it from the time I was 8 years old until I was 25.
A couple decades later, when summer hits all I do is try to hide from the heat and limit my sun exposure (it’s already triple digits in Dallas and it’s only June).
There are a couple of oils that I keep around both for their cooling affect, but also for their medicinal benefits.
Here are my favorite Essential Oils for Summer and Staying Cool (both literally and metaphorically).
Peppermint Essential Oil: It is extremely cooling to the body and can decrease your body temperature. Not only that but it Freshens your breath, smells delightful and is energizing. I will definitely use this one early evening when I need a little boost because I started with happy hour and have to get dinner started. It is also a bug deterrent, so there’s that to be said for it.
Lavender: Helps for cell regeneration. This little nugget is great for cuts scrapes, itchy insect bites and burns. It will also help you fall into a deep relaxing slumber at the end of the day.
Citrus Oils: Who Doesn’t think about lemons, grapefruit and limes during the summer. Seems like the perfect compliment to the summer heat, right? Well it is and if you want to add it to your water so you will drink more of it, or to your coctails, you couldn’t be more right. Most citrus oils however have a naturally occurring chemical that magnifies the harmful uv rays of the sun and will compound a burn. So while I encourage adding a drop to beverages and dips, don’t apply them topically unless you want a trip to the emergency room.
Last but not least, Terrasheild essential oil blend, which is an essential oil blend that is all the bug deterring oils mixed together and will keep pesky critters away. This is one that I wear as perfume, which may sound weird, but it smells so delightful (with vanilla undertones) that I apply it regularly. I like to smell good, but definitely don’t need west nile!
So one of my favorite concoctions is this: 20 drops Peppermint and 20 drops Lavender in a 1oz spray bottle that is topped off with water. Shake it up and spray it on any area that you are a little “sun kissed” and fear you might have a burn the next day. It will turn that pinkness into a tan and you can start again.
I hope this helps you even if just a tiny bit to get a little reprieve from the heat.