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Hot Times in the Summer

‘Hot times in the summer’ are just around the corner and we anticipate much warm weather and many activities to be enjoyed.

Summer fun does lead to maladies such as sunburn, scrapes and bruises, and insect pests. This is a great time to prepare essential oil blends to have them ready for whatever conditions come your way. I find that if I prepare a simple first aide kit ahead of time, then it is so easy to use the essential oil blends as they are needed. I thought I would share a few ideas with so you will be well prepared for the season ahead. If you didn’t get the insect repellent recipe, you can still find it in the newsletter on my website.


Lavender officinalis or lavender vera are always indicated for skin conditions. Make a blend of 60 ml distilled water and 10 to 30 drops of lavender officinalis or lavender vera in a spray bottle. Mist the sunburned area. Another suggestion is 10 drops lavender officinalis, 3 drops geranium, and 2 drops sandalwood in 30 ml of aloe vera gel to be applied to the sunburned area.

Insect bites

Several essential oils work well for insect bites, for example, Roman chamomile, elemi, geranium, lavandin, lavender officinalis, lemon, peppermint, and tea tree. One drop of lavender officinalis and 1 drop of eucalyptus globulus can be applied neat on and around the bite.


Essential oils that are useful when headaches occur include basil, lavender officinalis, marjoram, lemon, and peppermint. One or two drops of peppermint or lemon can be applied across the forehead and at the nape of the neck. Follow with a cool, wet cloth. Relax for 20 minutes while taking several deep breaths. Another option is to put a drop of the essential oil onto a tissue and inhale the aroma.

Scrapes and bruises

Lavender officinalis, lavender vera, rockrose, rosemary 1,8 cineole, lemon, and lemongrass are useful for scrapes and bruises. For bruises, blend 2 drops lavender officinalis, 3 drops rosemary 1,8 cineole, and 1 drop lemongrass in 5 ml of cold pressed vegetable oil. Apply to the area and compress with a cool, moist cloth. For minor scrapes, add a drop of lavandin, lavender officinalis, rockrose, or elemi to aloe vera, or cold pressed vegetable oil, and apply to area before covering with a bandage.

Cooling, refreshing, energizing

It is nice to have a body mister ready to use when one feels the need to cool down, to feel energized, or to feel relaxed. Choose essential oils depending upon the ones that you enjoy the most. Examples of essential oils to use are lavender officinalis (relaxing, refreshing, calming), geranium (balancing, stress relief), patchouli (calming, stress relief, exhaustion), peppermint (fatigue, refreshing, cooling, uplifting), grapefruit (energizing, uplifting, cooling), lemon (energizing), bergamot (uplifting, calming, energizing), or others of your choice. Add 30 drops in total of essential oils to 50 ml of distilled water and 10 ml of witch hazel. Enjoy!

For your protection use essential oils that have been certified EOBBD (Essential oils botanically and biochemically defined).


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