Summertime can be so much fun!
I know that I, like many people, look forward to it all year.
Summer is filled with lazy days by the pool, mini vacations (or staycations in my case), and plenty of outdoor activities when it’s not 100+ degrees outside.
Unfortunately, summer can also be filled with itchy bites, sunburns, and humidity (not to mention the heat).
Thankfully, with a few clever tricks, you can put your essential oils to use so you can truly enjoy your summer.
If there is one thing about summer that I just cannot deal with, it’s creepy crawlies. I’m talking about the critters that invade your home, get into your food (I am so over the hordes of flies) and channel their inner vampire by sucking your blood.
I know that some of these…things… serve a purpose, but I would much rather they serve their purpose away from me and mine.
I make sure to keep some essential oils on hand that creepy crawlies hate. Check out the list below to see which essential oils repel the most annoying pests:
Sugar Loving Pests: Citronella, Lavender, Peppermint
Winged Things: Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Melaleuca, Patchouli, Peppermint Rosemary
Vampire Types: Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme
Blood Suckers: Cedarwood, Geranium, Melaleuca, Peppermint, Thyme
To make a natural (and DEET-free) pest repellant, choose 3-4 of the above essential oils, and add about 20 drops to a spray bottle of distilled water. Then simply shake and spray. This essential oil blend can be used as a room spray, on clothes, or even on skin. If you are going to use it on your skin, be sure to test it out on a small section of your skin first before using it on the rest of your body.
I use this as a room spray, on clothes, and even on skin. If you are going to use it on your skin, be sure to test it out on a small section of your skin first before using it on the rest of your body.
If you aren’t interested in making your own bug spray, Young Living now makes one that works (really, really well-and it’s kid safe!).
Here are a few more simple tips on keeping bugs away:
- Diffuse Lemongrass or Citronella (use a reed diffuser when you’re outside)
- Add a few drops of your pest repellent blend to your cleaning solution when you mop the floor
- Add a couple of drops of Peppermint to your cleaning solution when you clean your pantry
I live about 20 minutes from the beach, which means we visit it often…but that doesn’t mean that I’m smart. Earlier this week I totally forgot to spray my back with sunscreen and ended up very badly burned.
Adding chemicals to my super angry skin didn’t seem like a good idea.
Instead, I reached for some oils that are known for their calming benefits: lavender and chamomile. You can apply a cold compress to your burn using them.
All you need to do to soothe angry skin is to mix 4-6 drops of lavender and chamomile into two cups of cold water. Then soak a soft towel in the water. Lay it gently on the sore spots and let it work. The cold will soothe your burn and the oils smell awesome and help you to relax.
If you are really hurting, a soothing bath may be in order. Add 1 teaspoon of milk and 4 drops each of lavender and chamomile to your bath water. Slip into the tub and relax for at least 15-30 minutes. If you happen to have some aloe vera gel on hand you can mix a few teaspoons with about 20 drops of lavender oil and then rub it all over the burnt areas once you’ve gotten out of the tub and air dried.
If the summer heat gets to be too much for you and there isn’t a pool to be found, you might appreciate this cool recipe (pun completely intended).
Whisk together ¼ cup of Aloe Vera gel, ¼ cup of Witch Hazel, and 2-3 drops of Peppermint. Be sure to not overdo it with the Witch Hazel or Peppermint. A small amount should do the trick!
Pour all the ingredients into a spray bottle and mist lightly over your body when needed.
I hope these 3 essential oil hacks will help you to enjoy your summer even more.
Need oils? I’ve got you:
Do you have any cool tips or tricks you would like to share?