Summer is a great season to practice self-care and that includes choosing the right essential oils to make your summer better than ever. Whether you’re spending time outside at the beach or by the pool, camping, barbequing, or doing any other outdoor activity, the right oils will help you get the most benefits from the sun during the summer. Essential oils can also protect your skin and hair from damage, ward off pesky insects, and even help you beat the heat.
Here are our essential oil must-haves for summer.
The Best Essential Oils for Your Skin
Protecting your skin during the summer is especially important, which is why you should always take the precaution of using sunscreen anytime you’re outside. For post-outdoors times, essential oils can help replenish your skin and protect it from sun damage. Here are some of our favorite recipes for skincare:
Post Skin Exfoliation Scrub
You can make an after sun exfoliation serum to help reverse sun damage by mixing 1 tablespoon each of jojoba oil, honey and fresh-squeezed lemon juice with a third cup of sugar and 4 drops of lemon essential oil. Apply this scrub to your face at night and massage into your skin for about a minute. Then rinse off and use your nightly moisturizer as usual.
Hydrating Face Mask
To make this face mix ¼ cup aloe vera gel, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, and 3 drops myrrh essential oil. Apply the mix to your face and wear for 10 minutes before rinsing off.
Fruity Scented Body Balm
Since prolonged sun exposure can be damaging to your skin, moisturizing with body balm is recommended to protect your skin. To make your own body balm add 3 drops each of geranium natural oil and grapefruit essential to Ninon Multi-Butter lotion and apply to your skin for a healthy dose of hydration.
If you have a favorite lotion you already use you can also add a few drops to the lotion to create a new scent or add scent if it is an unscented body lotion.
Oils for Your Hair
The summer months can be harsh on your hair between the sun, salt from ocean and chlorine and other pool chemicals, which is why we’ve come up with some great treatments to help care for your hair in the summer.
Soothing Scalp Treatment
To create a soothing post-sun scalp treatment add 1 drop each of bergamot oil and eucalyptus natural oil to your current shampoo. Rub the shampoo thoroughly into your scalp to eliminate unwanted buildup provide a cooling sensation.
Mermaid Hair Spray
Adding three drops each of rosemary oil, lavender oil and cedarwood essential oils to a small spray bottle filled with water for a refreshing post-water mist for your hair.
By adding a few drops of geranium oil to your favorite anti-frizz serum you’ll not only ward off frizzy hair but also fight humidity and detangle your hair with this amazing oil.
Oils for Dealing With the Heat
Essential oils can become your secret weapon for dealing with hot, humid summers. By adding peppermint oil and a carrier oil like argan oil to a roll-on bottle you’ll have an on-the-go refreshing roll-on that will cool you down when the sun starts to become unbearable.
You can also add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to a damp washcloth and stick it in the freezer for 15 minutes and wear it around your neck for a refreshing way to cool yourself down quickly.
Oils for Keeping the Bugs Away
Bugs, especially mosquitos are a big annoyance in the summer months. But here’s the good news! By mixing ten drops each of citronella oil, lemongrass oil and lime oil in a water bottle filled with water you will have a blend that can be sprayed on your furniture, deck, and outdoor areas to fight off bugs. You can also add three drops each of those same oils to a roll-on bottle filled with a carrier oil to make a bug repellant that can be used on your skin.