Summer is here! Finally! While summer brings warmer weather and longer days, perfect for spending time with family friends outdoors, it also brings with it some unavoidable nuisances. The first that comes to mind are bugs! Warmer weather brings out mosquitos and other creepy crawlers that can ruin an otherwise pleasant experience. There are many products on the market that promise to keep bugs at bay. Unfortunately most of them contain ingredients that’s are harmful to you and our environment. Instead of reaching for those products, concoct a simple, all natural alternative using essential oils.
There are several combinations that work wonders against bugs. Choose the one that best suits you or try them all! Using water as your carrier, add 40 drops of oil from the blends I’ll list below to a glass spray bottle. Shake well and spray body as a healthy, natural method to keep bugs away so you can enjoy these long summer days.
• 20 drops lavender and 20 drops citronella
• 15 drops lavender, 10 drops geranium, & 15 drops cedarwood
• 10 drops lemon, 10 drops eucalyptus, & 20 drops lavender
• 10 drops lavender, 10 drops geranium, 5 drops patchouli, 15 drops spearmint
• 10 drops geranium, 10 drops citronella, 5 drops patchouli, 2 drops eucalyptus, 3 drops lemon, 5 drops lavender, & 5 drops spearmint
• 20 drops citronella, 5 drops lemon, 5 drops eucalyptus, 5 drops patchouli, 5 drops lavender
If you are reading this and the bugs have already gotten you, don’t fret, there an oil blend for that too! To soothe and heal bug bites, use tea tree oil to reduce itching and infection and lemongrass to prevent bacterial growth and to keep bites clean.
Help your pets stay healthy this summer too by concocting an all natural flea and tick repellant. Some essential oils that are effective in keeping fleas and ticks away include lavender, lemon, citronella, sage/clary sage, bergamot, cedarwood, lemon eucalyptus, lemongrass, peppermint, geranium, sweet orange, and rosemary. Make a spray using a combination of any of the above mentioned oils with water in a glass spray bottle. Shake well and spray generously on your pets fur. My favorite is 15 drops of lavender, 15 drops cedarwood, and water! I love that I’m not using toxic chemicals on my dog-better for him and the entire family.
Another struggle many face in summertime is the painful sunburn. It’s true, a fresh summer glow undoubtedly makes you feel better, look more refreshed. But getting it gradually is key. Slow and steady my friends!! Of course there are many out there, my oldest daughter included, that want that deep golden tan RIGHT now! Unfortunately, even though you may typically tan easily, that first exposure to seaside sun can leave your skin scorched if you don’t take the proper precautions. Apply (and reapply) that spf! I love sunscreens that contain simple ingredients such as zinc oxide. My go to, especially for my little ones, is babo botanicals. I love that I know exactly what I’m putting on their sensitive skin and I feel confident that it will keep them protected while out in the sun. If you happen to be one of those who occasionally suffer from sunburn, there are some natural remedies that can speed the healing process and make you feel more comfortable. Lavender essential oil is one of those oils that needs to be on hand at all times! It can do so many things! It’s amazing for the skin, so when you find yourself a little overcooked from the sun, pull out that lavender and let the healing begin!
To make an after sun spray, combine 10 drops lavender, 10 drops peppermint, 1/2 cup witch hazel, and 2 tbsp aloe vera in a 4oz glass spray bottle.
Summer sun, salty sea water drying out your hair? Adding a couple drops of EOs to your shampoo or making a hair treatment spray can help combat dry hair leaving your hair soft and healthy this summer season. Lavender is amazing for hair. Lavender oil is known to sooth dry scalp. Rosemary EO is also quite good at preventing dry scalp and dandruff. Combine olive oil and 5 drops of rosemary to make a hair mask. Massage scalp with mixture and leave-on for 3-5 hours. Wash hair as usual. You’ll find your hair is soft and silky post treatment! Other essential oils that help keep hair healthy include camomile, clary sage, lemongrass and peppermint. In addition to keeping scalp nourished, camomile has lightening properties so if you long for those beachy blonde locks, camomile is for you! Another benefit of peppermint is its ability to prevent lice infestation. If you have kiddos heading off to day camp, make a peppermint hair spray to prevent lice.
With summer officially here, so are beach days, pool parties, cookouts, camp outs and hiking, and boating. Keep yourself and your family happy and healthy this summer the natural way! Happy summer friends!