Essential Oils for Summer
Banish bugs, beat the sun, and take to the skies with Rocky Mountain Oils. Summer is all about spending time with loved ones, enjoying the outdoors, and feeling refreshed during the warmer weather. Whether you’re lounging on the beach, making some long overdue improvements to the garden, or hitting the road for a family vacation, essential oils not only help enhance your summertime experience but also make it easier to recover during these busy months. Here are a few of our favorite essential oils you should consider using for a variety of summertime activities.
Keep Those Bugs Away!
A day in the great outdoors is a day well spent … unless you’re bombarded by creepy-crawlies. Bug bites or stings can range from mildly annoying to downright dangerous depending on the type of bug and whether or not it carries disease. While commercial bug sprays usually do the job of repelling bugs, why not use an all-natural alternative, like essential oils, to keep the bugs at bay?
- Though Lemongrass can help relax muscles and stimulate senses, it also works great as an insect repellent.
- When mixed with natural cleaning products, Peppermint can deter insects and rodents from the home, especially when it comes to wiping down outside furniture.
- For an all-in-one option that helps keep mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, and other insects away use our essential oil blend, Bug Away Combining Citronella, Cedarwood, Lavender, Peppermint, Eucalyptus radiata, Eucalyptus citriodora, Thyme, and Lemongrass, Bug Away functions well on skin and as a diffused oil.
A Soothing Day in the Sun
Too much time in the sun? Essential oils can do wonders for soothing a sunburn or revitalizing dry, sun-scorched hair. Mixing essential oils with aloe vera gel helps instantly cool and soothe affected areas.
- Lavender and Grapefruit make outstanding choices for an after-sun moisturizer. (Psst: They also may encourage a joyful mood and improve oily skin!) Just add the oils to your soap, bath oils, or DIY skin care regimen to help deal with the sun’s rays.
- For a sweet, woody, and balsamic choice to enhance and fortify tresses for stronger, shinier hair, add Cedarwood to your haircare treatment. This cleansing scalp tonic is ideal after long days lazing on the beach.
Calming a Rash
If you’ve ever been to summer camp—or just running around in the woods—you may have come into contact with a rash-inducing plant. Anyone who’s dealt with the adverse effects of poison ivy, sumac, or oak can tell you the resulting rashes and blisters are a nightmare. Correctly identifying potential poisonous plants is the best way to prevent painful skin reactions, but essential oils can come to the rescue when accidental contact does occur.
- Essential oils like Lavender, Tea Tree, and Roman Chamomile can help soothe agonizing rashes. These oils also partner well with everyday DIY skin and hair care products, so cart ’em around in your first-aid kit.
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Crowded airports. Busy cruise terminals. Traffic, traffic, traffic. For some, traveling can turn into a nightmare. The stress of dragging luggage from point A to point B while rounding up the kids only adds to the unpleasantness that sometimes comes with flying or traveling. Looking for a natural way to find a little relaxation amid the chaos?
- Commonly known as Olibanum, Frankincense provides a warm, slightly spicy, sweet, and woody aroma. This sacred essential oil helps to balance emotions and combat stressors.
- Patchouli and Geranium both deliver a deeply relaxing scent that may help quell the nerves. They’re great for enhancing mediation or as part of a bedtime routine.
No matter where your travels take you this summer—to another country or just to your backyard—don’t forget to add essential oils to your summer survival kit.