Cindy DeCarolis

Essential Oils For Summer

Summers are short in upstate New York and we all want to enjoy every minute. Essential Oils can be used in many ways to have your best summer – here are some of my favorites.

Insect Repellant: most bug sprays are loaded with toxic ingredients that are harmful to our health. Instead of purchasing an over-the-counter product, I reach for my oils.

TerraShield has citronella, lemongrass, thyme, cedarwood, geranium, and peppermint in a base of sesame seed oil. It comes in a spray bottle for easy application. Incidentally, each one of these oils on its own has repellent properties. My favorite is cedarwood.

Diffuse citronella and lemongrass to keep unwanted guests from your outdoor events. If ants are a problem, place drops of peppermint on cotton balls and place them in areas where there are ants.

Stings, bites, and skin irritations: Lavender is my go-to for bug bites or stings. It is soothing and takes the itch away. Bug bites tend to be red, puffy, and angry looking. Think of essential oils that are calming, especially to the skin. In addition to lavender, Roman chamomile, helichrysum, and tea tree are all good options.

For skin irritations from bumps and falls add a few drops each of frankincense, lavender, and helichrysum to a cold compress and apply to the affected area.

Minor stomach upsets: Summer is a time for outdoor barbecues and picnics. For minor stomach upsets from eating, I like Digestzen and Tamer digestive blends, as well as peppermint and ginger.

Tamer, from the kids collection, is perfectly blended in a base of fractionated coconut oil and comes in a roller bottle for easy application. Digestzen, peppermint, and ginger can all be applied topically in a ratio of one drop essential oil to one drop carrier oil. Massage onto abdomen or reflexology points on the bottoms of your feet.

Pollen and other seasonal threats: If you become stuffy and sneezy you will want to have Breathe Respiratory blend on hand. This blend of laurel leaf, peppermint, eucalyptus, tea tree, lemon, Ravensara, and ravintsara is designed to support open airways in the respiratory system. Diffuse in a diffuser or put a drop in the palm of your hand and inhale. For topical use it comes in the touch format – blended in a base of fractionated coconut oil and in a 10ml roller bottle.

Let’s not forget that even though the weather is nice it is still important to keep the immune system strong. Add a few drops of OnGuard Protective Blend when diffusing Breathe for an added boost to your immune system. OnGuard is great for cleaning surfaces as well.

Sun Care: I am always looking for cleaner sun care products, so I was thrilled that doTerra launched its Sun Collection this month. The collection includes a mineral sunscreen spray, mineral sunscreen lotion, and a mineral sunscreen stick. They each provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection without harmful chemicals and they are water resistant.

Coming soon is doTerra after sun restorative body mist. In the meantime, here is a DIY recipe for a soothing after sun balm: In a clean jar combine 20 drops lavender, 10 drops peppermint, 15 drops frankincense, and 50 drops fractionated coconut oil, apply to the skin as needed.

Muscle aches and pains from overuse, strain, sprain, or arthritis: Whether you exercise everyday or you are a weekend warrior, we all have occasional muscle aches and pains. The best topical analgesic I have ever used is doTerra’s Deep Blue stick with Copaiba. It is plant-based, convenient, easy to use, and effective. It is cooling and soothing, emollient, and quick drying. But don’t take my word for it – try it!

In your garden: Looking for a natural yet effective way to keep insects out of your garden? Try this plant spray – I call it Marie’s plant spray because my friend, Marie gave me the recipe. Add ten drops of each of these essential oils – rosemary, peppermint, thyme, clove, and cinnamon – to a spray bottle, fill the bottle with water, and spray plants every night to deter bugs.

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Peace, bliss, and balance…

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