Summer is here and that means beach days, holidays and spending as much time outdoors as the weather will allow. Summer does of course come with its own health and wellbeing concerns, including sunburn, insect bites, hay fever, travel anxiety/sickness, fatigue and the usual stress that comes with preparing for a holiday, job stress or managing work and home life. Thankfully, essential oils can help to boost your wellbeing and manage all of these summer health problems.
Sunburn is usually easily prevented with a good natural sun cream and by staying out of the sun during the middle of the day when it is at its strongest. However, if you do end up getting a little burned, you can help to soothe your skin with lavender essential oil.
Blend 2-3 drops of lavender per 5ml of carrier (grapeseed, sweet almond, sunflower or coconut) oil and massage into your body, or add a little of the blend to a cool bath. If you have an unscented body lotion or some aloe vera gel, you can also mix the lavender into that (using the same dilution as before) instead of the carrier oil.
To help prevent insect bites and stings this summer, Quinessence's Hydrating Insect Repellent lotion is a must have. It contains citronella, lemon eucalyptus, clove and cedarwood, which research has found to be among the best essential oils for repelling insects. It also contains aloe vera, kukui seed oil and cocoa butter to hydrate the skin and protect against environmental damage.
If you battle with seasonal allergies, using a blend of eucalyptus radiata, lemon, chamomile Roman and lavender can help to prevent and bring relief from your symptoms. Inhalation is the best method of using this blend, and there are several easy ways in which to do this:
If you get anxious about travelling or have a phobia of flying, using mandarin, chamomile, sweet orange, lavender, petitgrain or geranium essential oils can help to calm your nerves. Use one oil on its own or pick two or three to create your own personalised blend. The oils can be added to an inhaler tube or used in a piece of aromatherapy diffuser jewellery. Alternatively, you can add 4-6 drops in total of essential oil and 10ml jojoba oil to a glass rollerball bottle to create a calming pulse-point perfume blend (I can also make these up for you).
If you are prone to travel sickness, using lavender, ginger or chamomile essential oils can help to reduce feelings of nausea and settle the stomach. As before, use a single oil or mix two or three depending on which ones you like best (the oils you are drawn to are often the best ones for your individual needs). These oils can be used in a personal inhaler or inhaled from a tissue, added to a piece of diffuser jewellery or diluted in jojoba oil to make a rollerball blend.
Although we generally feel more energised during the summer, the heat can sometimes leave us feeling tired and drained. If you've had a few late nights or have been doing a lot of travelling, fatigue can often creep up on you during the day. Using invigorating essential oils such as rosemary (not to be used if you are pregnant of suffer from epilepsy), ginger, lime, may chang or lemongrass can help to wake you up and refresh your mind and body.
A great way to feel energised first thing in the morning is to sprinkle a few drops of one or two of any of the above essential oils onto the shower floor and then turn on the water. As you stand in the shower you will feel energised and uplifted as the aromas fill the air. You can also use these oils in an oil burner/diffuser, an inhaler/tissue, a rollerball blend or a piece of diffuser jewellery.
If stress is getting the better of you this summer, you can use essential oils to help you feel more relaxed and calm. There are so many de-stressing essential oils out there, but some of the ones I find to be most effective include lavender, mandarin, petitgrain, chamomile, bergamot, geranium, may chang, sweet orange and lemongrass. Any of the previously mentioned methods are excellent ways to use essential oils for helping to reduce stress levels - in an oil burner/diffuser, a bath/body oil, an inhaler, diffuser jewellery, a shower blend or rollerball perfume.
As always, if you have any questions about using essential oils please get in touch!