I love being outside during the summer months, however nature does present some challenges such as bugs and insects, heat rash, and sunburn. Thankfully, nature also provides its own remedies for when we experience these issues. Try using essential oils as a natural, non-toxic addition to your summer first aid kit.
Here are some suggested ways to use essential oils this summer:
Bug Repellent Spray
Commercial bug repellents are effective but can be unkind to the environment. Mosquitoes do not like citronella. It is often used in garden candles and incense. Other essential oils that help repel bugs include peppermint, lemon, eucalyptus, basil, clove, thyme, lemongrass, geranium, and lavender. Make a spray or diffuse a combination of your favorites.
1 cup alcohol or witch hazel
10-20 drops of citronella oil
Pet Flea and Tick Spray
It’s never fun when your pet gets fleas. Common symptoms include scratching, itching, and biting at his or her skin. It is important to first dilute oils before applying them on your pet, and to never place anywhere your pet can lick at them.
1:1 ratio vinegar to water
10-20 drops of cedarwood oil
Sunburn Soothing Cream
Lavender has many healing properties and is a great pain reliever. If you don’t like the smell of lavender, maybe try sandalwood. It can help to reduce skin puffiness and soothe soreness.
2:1 ratio coconut oil to aloe vera gel
10-20 drops lavender oil
Cooling Skin Spray
On days when the heat feels unbearable an instant cool down and relaxing essential oil is
peppermint. Apply a tiny dab of peppermint oil on the back of your neck and not only will it instantly cool you off, it will help to keep bugs away and stop any itching from existing bug bites. Chamomile is also helpful, as it’s a cooling and anti-inflammatory oil that can be used directly on your skin.
1:1 ratio witch hazel to aloe vera gel
10-20 drops of peppermint oil