What can you do to cool down on a hot day? Use essential oils!
What can you do to cool down on a hot day? Use essential oils!
Need something that will leave you feeling refreshed even after being outside in the hot summer sun? These Frozen Eucalyptus Mint Towels could be just the thing you need. Not only are they cool to the touch, but the essential oils will help the cooling sensation last even longer on your skin and may help you feel energized as you breathe in the pleasant aroma. You could even try using them after a good workout!
These frozen towels are simple to make, and you may want to double or triple the recipe below so you can always have one in the freezer whenever you need one!
Step 1: Mix epsom salts and essential oils together. The epsom salts help the essential oils mix with the water so the oils will be distributed throughout all the washcloths you use rather than only being absorbed into the first towel.
Step 2: Add warm water, and stir until the salts are dissolved.
Step 5: Place the washcloths in the freezer until frozen (about 2 hours).
Step 6: Enjoy the cooling sensation as you place the frozen washcloth anywhere on your skin! It will stay cool longer if you leave it rolled up and slowly unroll the towel as it thaws.
Have you seen our Ultra Mini USB Diffuser? This little diffuser is a great value, especially considering the low cost! It really has it all—ultrasonic technology, power adaptability, and decorative design.
As an ultrasonic/humidifying diffuser, this diffuser has an ultrasonic disc that vibrates extremely fast and breaks down the water/oil mixture into fine microparticles that can easily disperse through the air. This diffuser is unique in that it uses a wick to bring the water up from the base to the ultrasonic disc. This allows more diffusion to happen with less water.
Another great feature in this diffuser that is uncommon in ultrasonic diffusers is that the diffuser top seals to the base (where the water is located). This means that the diffuser can be tipped over without all the water spilling everywhere. And even if it does get tipped over, the diffuser can continue diffusing since the wick will continue to bring liquid to the ultrasonic disc. If you have kids living with you or frequenting your home, you know how valuable this feature is!
The Ultra Mini USB Diffuser also differs in power adaptability because it is powered by a USB connection. This allows you to use the diffuser anywhere you have a USB connection or adapter. This is great because you can easily get adapters for a standard outlet or car accessory outlet. Power banks are also handy to use with this diffuser and really allow it to be used practically anywhere!
This little diffuser offers 2 timer settings for controlling mist output, allowing the water and oil reservoir to last up to 6 hours.
Not only are these little diffusers very functional, but the decorative top with embossed floral design makes them just adorable! Who couldn’t fall in love with these cute Ultra Mini USB Diffusers?
Would you like to enjoy some refreshing summer aromas in your home? This diffuser blend reminds us of a cool sea breeze and works great in the Ultra Mini USB Diffuser!
Even though it is summertime, you can still hold essential oil classes. In fact, there are a lot of make-and-take class ideas that are perfect for summertime!
Here are a few ideas:
Use our “Essential Oils for Car Travel” post as your reference to teach a short lesson. Talk about what essential oils would be useful to keep on hand during a road trip. Then make a car diffuser (like this one or this one) or the Soothing Summer Skin Spray (recipe below).
Use our “Essential Oils for Outdoor Travel” post as your reference to teach a short lesson. Talk about what essential oils would be useful to take on camping trips. Then make sunscreen or the Soothing Summer Skin Spray (recipe below).
Use our “Repelling Bugs & Insects” post and our “Soothing Insect Bites and Stings” post as your reference for teaching a short lesson. Then make these Soothing Bug Bite Sticks or these Mosquito-Repelling Paracord Bracelets.
Use Modern Essentials™, pp. 275 (sunburns), 315 (hair), 339–40 (nails), and 365 (skin) as a reference for teaching a short lesson about taking care of your hair, skin, and nails during the summertime. Then make any of the following skincare recipes or the Soothing Summer Skin Spray (recipe below).
Use our “Cooking with Essential Oils” blog post as a reference for teaching a short lesson about cooking with essential oils. During the class, you can even make one or more of these recipes and serve them as refreshments afterward.
This soothing spray is perfect for helping you stay cool while out in the heat this summer. All the ingredients are perfect for refreshing you and your skin! You can also use it as an after-sun spray to help soothe sunburned skin.
For those who prefer using wipes rather than a spray, simply mix up this recipe and pour over folded paper towels or bamboo wipes.
If you are using this as a make-and-take class project, you may want to divide the recipe in half for your guests to make a smaller batch and place it in 4 oz. plastic or glass spray bottles.
Make this recipe into cooling wipes by mixing all ingredients together as outlined above and pouring the liquid over folded paper towels or bamboo wipes until moist. Wring out if needed. Store in a zip-top bag.
It’s fun to spend the summer outdoors, but it’s not so fun to be pestered by mosquitoes. These homemade paracord bracelets are a fun craft to pass the time during the hot summer months, and they can become a stylish mosquito-repelling bracelet as well. Download paracord bracelet instructions. Soak your paracord bracelet in the following Mosquito Repellent solution, and you can enjoy a bug-free experience this summer.
Note: If you’d rather not take the time to make your own bracelets, you can buy them online or at a sporting goods store, but they won’t be custom-fit to yours or your kids’ wrists.
Add essential oils to 1 cup (240 ml) of witch hazel or water, and mix well.
Next, soak your paracord bracelet in the solution for 20 minutes.
Remove from the solution, and let the bracelet dry thoroughly.
Transfer the mixture to a 2 oz. Glass Spray Bottle.
Reapply the solution as needed by spraying it on the bracelet, saturating it well on both sides, or by re-soaking the bracelet.
Does your hair get dry and brittle, especially after long days in the sun? Sometimes our hair just needs a deep conditioning serum to help it retain moisture and stay healthy. According to Modern Essentials™, the essential oils in this recipe are often used to help with dry, fragile hair and may even help stimulate hair growth. Leave the conditioning serum in for as little as 15 minutes or as long as all night before shampooing your hair. You can even make it into a spray to help protect your hair from the sun’s rays during the day (see extra idea below).
Source: Modern Essentials™, 7th Edition, pp. 315–16.
You will be delighted with this savory and flavorful pulled pork sandwich that incorporates the benefits of thyme, rosemary, and black pepper essential oil!
Beat the heat this summer with a delicious, cold, and refreshing fruity popsicle! These popsicles are a cinch to make, use real fruits, and incorporate the benefits of pure essential oil.
We all know berries have staining properties, since clothing is often affected. So, why not use this natural ability of berries to create a beauty product? Sounds like a fantastic idea to us! This lip stain is simple to make and tastes amazing!
As a side note, if you have dry or cracked lips, this stain can make those areas stand out. To avoid this, try exfoliating with our Brown Sugar Lip Scrub first.
Summertime often means camping, hiking, and spending more time outside. We’ve compiled some of our best essential oil–related tips for when you are out and about enjoying Mother Earth this summer.
Since space is limited, a little organization and planning can help keep your essential oil necessities accessible and ready to use the moment they are needed. To keep your oils handy, you can try some of the following:
Hiking or camping in the summer months can be very tiring due to the heat. One way to combat this is to add a few drops of peppermint and lavender to a 4 oz. spray bottle filled with water. Mist over your body (avoiding the eyes) to help you cool off. Some people prefer cooling wipes instead of a spray bottle.
You can also try adding a drop of peppermint to a glass or metal water bottle filled with water, and then drink it slowly. If you don’t have a glass or metal water bottle, try putting a drop of peppermint or a peppermint beadlet in your mouth; then as the oil fills your mouth, drink it down with water. Because some oils can break down plastic materials, especially thin plastics often used in making disposable water bottles, it is best to avoid putting oils in plastic water bottles.
The best way to treat a sunburn is to avoid getting it in the first place. If you plan on spending more than 15 minutes in the sun, wear appropriate clothing and/or an appropriate sunscreen. A natural sunscreen can be made with helichrysum essential oil (see recipe below).
If you do get sunburned, try applying lavender to help relieve the pain from minor burns. A mix of lavender and peppermint (10 drops each) and 4 oz of water in a spray bottle helps cool the sunburned skin.
According to Modern Essentials, some oils that may repel insects are Insect Repellent Blend, patchouli, basil, lavender, lemongrass, cedarwood, eucalyptus, arborvitae, thyme, Cleansing Blend, and a blend of clove, lemon, and orange (p. 264). Valerie Ann Worwood, author of The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, recommends either diffusing insect repelling oils or placing ribbons or strings with the oils on them by windows, doorways, or other places that insects might like to enter. To keep insects from landing on you, she recommends using 30 drops lavender oil diluted in 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.
Modern Essentials also recommends using a blend of 5 drops lavender, 5 drops lemongrass, 3 drops peppermint, and 1 drop thyme blended with a cup of water and sprayed on to help keep bugs away. Also, Insect Repellent Blend, patchouli, and lavender essential oil help repel mosquitoes if rubbed on skin or diluted in water and misted onto the skin. As mentioned above, you can also place oil on small ribbons, strings, or cloth and hang them around you. If you do get bitten, lavender essential oil may help soothe the area and reduce itching.
Accidentally running into poison oak or poison ivy while outdoors is not very fun. Modern Essentials recommends rose, lavender, Joyful Blend, and Roman chamomile oils for helping to deal with the after-effects of poison ivy if you do run into it (p. 288).
Bears are naturally curious animals and have a sense of smell 2,100 times greater than humans. They are especially attracted to sweet smells found in many essential oils. Be careful using essential oils if you are in bear country. Many wildlife safety tips say to not bring anything with a strong odor if you are camping or hiking in bear country. Contact your local forest station for safety guidelines.
What oils do you use when camping or while spending time outdoors?