It’s that time of the year - the buzzin’ of the bees, summer camps, sandcastles, family road trips, pool parties and picnics. Who doesn’t love Summer? But let’s pause for just a second...there are some things about summer we don’t love: mosquito bites, insect stings and sunburn. That’s why we’re lovin’ essential oils - your standby natural alternative to keep in the beach bag or travel bag.
If you are new to the world of essential oils, you may want to add our blog about nature’s holistic story to your summer reading list. If you are already part of the essential oils fan club, you are probably itching to read about which bottles of summer magic you should add to your shopping list to make up your seasonal essentials oils kit.
As you all spend hours outdoors soaking up the summer sun, harsh UV rays cannot be avoided, and no matter how vigilant you may be in preventing sun damage, you could end up with your skin red and sunburnt.
Prevention is always better than cure, and Carrot Seed oil, distilled from the wild carrot plant, is a secret summer weapon. By adding 2-3 drops to your sunscreen, this herbaceous oil is your BFF essential oil for that little extra sun protection factor.
But if you do head out without a hat, or forget to apply sunscreen, immediate treatment is imperative to reduce the inflammation of sunburnt skin and prevent further damage. The anti-inflammatory properties of Roman Chamomile essential oil are the best ‘medicine’ for soothing painful sunburnt skin. Dilute 1-2 drops in a carrier oil and gently massage onto the skin or add 4-5 drops to 1 cup of Epsom salts for a calming bath. Roman chamomile is a go-to oil for a little TLC.
If you are wanting your skin to boast a healthy summer glow, then Grapefruit Pink oil needs to be part of your skincare range. As a DIY home spa product, combine a few drops in a salt body scrub to promote smooth glowing skin. Cold-pressed from the peels of the grapefruit, this essential oil’s invigorating scent is perfect for inviting summer fun on holiday with you.
Insect bites and stings are an annoying side-effect of the season. The sounds of bees buzzin’ may be synonymous with summer, but being stung by a bee produces an uncomfortable and painful local reaction that might include swelling and redness. In most cases, bee stings can be treated at home, and essential oils are a natural alternative remedy for welcome relief from the stinging pain.
Rosemary oil (with its natural astringent properties) and Tea Tree oil (known to have remarkable effects on irritated skin by helping to ease redness and reduce inflammation) are two of the most popular essential oils to have on standby for treating bee stings. Mix 1 drop of the oil with 4-5 drops of a neutral carrier oil, and apply directly to the affected area.
The biggest summer irritation, however, belongs to the ubiquitous mosquito. But essential oils are summer’s heroes for bug bites, targeting inflammation and itchiness, and taking the misery out of mozzy bites.
The cool and calming effects of Peppermint oil can reduce the temptation to scratch itchy bites, thus preventing infection. Lavender oil may help speed up the healing time and reduce the itching of a mosquito bite, as well as relieving pain from bites and stings caused by fire ants and bees.
Let’s talk mosquito repellants. Citronella oil and Eucalyptus oil are the two superheroes. They can be very effective when used in candles, diffusers, or by mixing 1 part oil with 10 parts organic sunflower carrier oil. Cinnamon Bark oil works wonderfully as a mosquito repellant when diluted in water and sprayed onto your skin and clothes, or as a room spray.
The inspirational world of essential oils illustrates Nature’s healing touch and her gift to us. Sanctus Essence is your go-to online alternative to stock up on organic essentials oils - no matter what the season. We are committed to our oils being of the highest quality and the finest character, and we have consulted with a qualified and certified Aromatherapist to ensure the information accompanying our products is honest and accurate.
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(Please note - essentials oils should not be used undiluted on the skin as they could cause irritation, and they should never be ingested. If you are pregnant have or any allergy or skin sensitivities, please check with your doctor before using essential oils).