Your Essential Summer Oils

By Julie Leonard

Just as I like to change my wardrobe as the weather gets warmer, I like to change my essential oils too. As the sun comes out I enjoy lighter, fresher aromas. However, its not just about creating a nice ambiance, these wonderful little oils can help with a variety of summer issues. Here’s my guide to Your Summer Essential Oils.

Summer Scents

In summer I like the lighter aromas of floral and citrus oils such as Bergamot, Lavender, Sweet Orange, Lime, Lemon, Lemongrass, Neroli and Mandarin. Just add a few drops to an oil burner for a light, fresh and uplifting fragrance.

Hayfever

If like me you are a hayfever sufferer, then Eucalyptus oil is a summer essential. I use it in my Hayfever Balm which I just couldn’t be without. It’s simple but effective against sneezing, sinusitis, and headaches. Or a couple of drops mixed in some sweet almond oil and rubbed under your nose and over your sinuses will also help those symptoms.

Keeping Cool

I come from Scotland so  me and my skin aren’t used to the summer temperatures here in Munich! Peppermint essential oil is wonderfully cooling on those hot summer days. Simply mix a few drops in some distilled water, put in to a spray bottle and mist over your face and body. Note: oil and water does not stay mixed so always shake before each use.

Summer Skin

It’s easy to get too much sun sometimes and so Lavender and Chamomile essential oils will soothe any hot skin or sunburn. Add a few drops of both to some fragrance free lotion (15 drops in total to 50mls lotion) and apply. Instantly calms and smells beautiful.

Insect Repellent

As soon as the sun comes out, so do those pesky bugs. Citronella is a cheap and effective insect repellent. Add some to an oil burner to keep those insects away. Also Lemon Eucalyptus has been proven to be effective too and is recommended by The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a natural bio-pesticide repellent.

essential oils and medical flowers herbs
essential oils and medical flowers herbs

Insect Bites

For bites and stings apply Lavender or Tea Tree to reduce pain, swelling and redness.

Hair and Lips

I love being out in the sun but it can take its toll on our hair and lips, combined with the hard water here in Munich,  leaving them dry and thirsty.   Anyone who knows me knows that I love Lavender essential oil. Basically you can use it for anything! And it smells amazing too! I combine a few drops with some raw organic coconut oil and put it in the ends of my hair overnight for  a deep condition. And I make my own natural moisturising lavender lip balm too.

Stress

There is no doubt that the sun gives us more energy and we feel happier. But the summer holidays can also be stressful especially if you have little ones to entertain for many weeks. Again Lavender is  a beautiful and inexpensive oil, Frankincense too is  a great one to aid relaxation and calm the mind. Combine it with some Sweet Orange for a lovely relaxing blend.

Flying

Jetting off on holiday is an exciting adventure but for many the fear of flying causes great anxiety. A couple of drops of Frankincense oil on a tissue that you can inhale will calm your mind and soothe your stress.

If you are just starting out with essential oils, here are my Top 3 Summer Oils for you. I always carry a little travel set of Lavender, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus. With those 3 you can treat anything that comes up and they are inexpensive and easy to find.

And just a note about oil safety- avoid putting citrus essential oils on your skin before sunbathing. They can often react in the sun cause skin sensitivities.

 

Have a Happy Summer!

 

About Julie

Julie is an English Speaking Life Coach, De-cluttering Expert and Aromatherapist practicing here in Munich. She supports people to transform their lives and to live to their potential. She has over 25 years experience in Health, Psychology and Coaching and over 20 years experience as an Aromatherapist.

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