Summer is undeniably the season with the most FUN. There are more hours of daylight, the weather is warmer, and the outdoors is calling. All that exposure to the elements can be hard on our bodies, our skin, and even our mood. Use these essential oils daily, and make it the best summer yet!
Best Essential Oils for Summer:
Peppermint is a great oil to have on hand for hot days. Since peppermint contains high amounts of menthol, it can have a cooling effect on the body. Think of it as a fan. Fans don’t actually cool us down, they just make us feel cooler. Combine peppermint with some distilled water (or witch hazel) and toss it in your beach bag. Spray it on your neck, chest, or torso when you need to cool off.
Peppermint also has a stimulating effect. Inhale some peppermint when you need a little extra push to make it through an action-packed summer day.
Get those feet and toes ready for sandal season with a homemade Peppermint Foot Scrub that removes dry skin from your feet effortlessly. You can spend more time outdoors this summer and less time in the nail salon!
Lemon is the perfect oil to diffuse on those super hot days when you’re just not feeling like heading outside. Combine lemon, lavender, and cypress for an elevating summer diffuser blend.
Use lemon to tackle all those household chores that seem to compound in the summer. Or, add some lemon to your skincare routine to brighten up your skin. Lemon is also great at removing stains and gunk left behind after all that summer fun.
*Citrus oils like Lemon can cause photosensitivity so avoid direct sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after application.
Tackle outdoor annoyances with an all-natural Outdoor Spray made with Purification. Purification contains citronella, tea tree, lemongrass, rosemary, lavandin, and myrtle. Make a convenient spray, or add it directly to the skin at the first sign of irritation.
Purification is also great for eliminating odors and freshening the air. It is perfect for those wet swimsuits and towels you forgot to hang up.
Add purification to just about anything that needs refreshing! Put a few drops on a cotton ball and place it in your car vents for all those long, summer road trips.
As a kid, a sunburn used to be considered a summer right of passage. Sunscreen can wear off over time. It can be easy to forget to re-apply when you’re having fun. Soothe your exposed summer skin with this cooling After Sun Spray. Keep it cold in the fridge for an added benefit.
Lavender has a calming aroma that is wonderful for unwinding after a long day. With bedtime probably out the window in the summertime, diffuser lavender to settle everyone down. Or, make a custom essential oil roller blend with lavender to support healthy sleep.
You can also apply lavender to the skin with a carrier oil (or neat if you have spot tested) to soothe any lingering irritations.
It is so important to stay hydrated when spending extra time in the sun. Add Citrus Fresh Vitality to a glass water bottle (like this one), and you will surely drink more water throughout the day.
In the summer, fruits and vegetables are at their peak. Make a natural fruit and veggie wash with citrus fresh and thieves to thoroughly clean your produce. Check out this natural Fruit and Veggie Wash here.
Citrus Fresh is also a favorite to use around the home. Make a natural room spray, or diffuse it to brighten and refresh your surroundings. Add Citrus Fresh to a cotton ball and place in dresser drawers.
*Citrus oils like Citrus Fresh can cause photosensitivity so avoid direct sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after application.
One of the best parts about summer is all those days spent swimming in the pool or ocean. Chlorine and salt water aren’t exactly kind to your hair. A Cleansing Hair Rinse with Tea Tree is a great way to wash away build-up and get your hair back to its pre-summer glory.
Tea Tree is also great for minor scrapes when you’re on the go. It has cleansing properties that make it a great choice for your largest organ…your skin.
Additional time in the summer sun can really dry out your lips. Moisturize and enrich your lip’s softness for hours with our Vanilla Lip Balm. This recipe is easy to make and the cute containers are just the right size for a pocket or a purse. Never leave home without it!
Whip up a classic summer dessert using bergamot at your next barbeque. The unique flavor of this Jazzed-Up Strawberry Shortcake will surely make the list of favorite summer memories.
*Citrus oils like Bergamot can cause photosensitivity so avoid direct sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after application.
Summer is a great time for family gatherings. Preferably the ones that are enjoyed outdoors, that don’t involve an oven. This Shredded Salsa Lime Chicken recipe uses an Instant Pot pressure cooker to create a delicious meal. No hot oven! Serve up some Lemon-Lime Guacamole on the side and dinner is served.
Lime is also wonderful in your water, in a diffuser, or in your skincare recipes.
*Citrus oils like Lime can cause photosensitivity so avoid direct sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after application.
Just because it’s hot, doesn’t mean you have to stink. Make this Natural Solid Deodorant with Lemongrass and stay fresh and dry all summer long. This recipe was developed and tested in the Texas heat, so you know it works. No toxic ingredients here!
Lemongrass is a wonderful choice for repelling outdoor annoyances. Make a spray for yourself and even for your furry friends.
Sure, summer can be relaxing and peaceful. But then there are those days when you could just pull your hair out.
Traveling can be stressful. Staying at home with kids can be stressful. Working while trying to entertain bored kids can be stressful. At some point during the summer, you will feel worried, pressure, anxiety…and even stress.
Enter…Stress Away. This oil will help you take on all those summer stressors. Apply it to your wrists or neck during times of distress. Rinse off after a hot, sweaty day in a warm tub with a Homemade Bath Bomb made with Stress Sway.
Be sure you practice sun safety when using essential oils in the outdoors. You can read more about photosensitive essential oils here.
Check out more essential oil recipes for summer:
- Summer Camp Survival Guide
- Essential Oils for Vacation
- Summer Diffuser Recipes
- Ways to use Essential Oils on a Road Trip