Summer Essential Oils Hacks
Going on a road trip? Great. Essential oils have you covered. Use:
‘Freshen up’ the hotel room (and also kill bed bugs!) – Cedarwood
Tame the anxiousness and help you get some Zzzzzzz’s – Lavender or Serenity Blend
Help you stay alert on the road, cool you off (temperature wise) – PeppermintBug repellant: Coriander, Lemongrass and Peppermint. apply to wrists, the back of neck, spray on arms and legs or diffuse in diffuser when you’re outdoors.
: (keep away from your eyes)
- Head pain (rub on temples and back of neck–be careful t avoid eyes)
- Overheating (apply to bottoms of feet or make your own ‘air conditioner’ spray–recipe below)
- Elevated Temperature (dilute a drop or two in a carrier oil and rub down spine)
- Keep you awake on late night drives/flights (put a drop in your hands, rub them together, cup over mouth and nose and inhale deeply, put in air vents (more on that later), eat Peppermint Beadlets, etc.)
- Focus and attention (same as above)
- Motion sickness (same as above)
- Keep bugs away (add a few drops of oil to a spray bottle filled with water and spray around buggie areas)
- Put a couple drops on a wash cloth and take with you into shower–create peppermint scented steam to help refresh you.
- Use as breath freshener when on long trips in close quarters. Your traveling partners will appreciate it!
Lavender oil is considered the ‘SWISS ARMY KNIFE’ of essential oils. It’s good for nearly everything and is super helpful to have on hand.
Here are some tips for using Lavender oil as you travel this summer.
- Make your own after sun spray, or sun protection lotion (get recipes here)
- Calm down wound up kids (or adults!)
- Help everyone get a restful night’s sleep (apply a drop to bottoms of feet or to the pillow)
- Apply a drop to bug bites to help heal the area and reduce itchiness
- Apply to bruises, cuts and scrapes to help heal
- Stop the bleeding when you nick yourself with that razor making your legs silky smooth!
- Make some lavender lemonade (recipes in the photos of this post)
- Help kids nod off while riding/flying by putting a drop of it on the special blankie that they snuggle up with/lean on.
Lemon oil is a great addition to summer time travel. Here are a few ways to use it
- Freshen hotel room
- Clean up questionable areas (add a few drops of lemon oil to a spray bottle of water and spray on surfaces)
- Use as a fruit and veggie wash when you’re out and about, hungry and don’t have a sink.
- Gets sticky stuff off everything….gum on bottom of shoe, goop on car seat, label residue off new sunglasses/shoes, etc.
- Inhale for uplifting feelings
- Add to water when restaurant water tastes bad
- Add a couple drops in your water daily to help shrink your fat cells (by ridding those cells of toxins) to get your body ready for the beach.
- Add it to your smoothies, marinades, etc.
- Make your own fruit pops (recipe here:http://creatinghealthfromscratch.com/fresh-fruit-pops-with…/
***ONE IMPORTANT NOTE***
Lemon oil (and all citrus oils) can cause your skin to be photosensitive (making your skin burn easier when exposed to UV rays). If you’re applying this oil to your skin (that will be exposed), avoid UV rays for 24 hours (see here for more information).
Homemade After Sun Treatment
You will need:
15 drops Pure Lavender essential oil*
2 oz fractionated coconut oil
Small GLASS spray bottle
Shake before applying. Spray over affected areas for relief.
*Although Lavender oil is my favorite for minor burns, Melaleuca or Roman Chamomile are also good substitutions if you’d like to try something other than lavender.