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Summer is one of our fave times of the year! Sunshine, extra-long days & fun, fruity cocktails. Unfortunately, it also means triple-digit temps, energy-sapping humidity & oh-so-annoying bugs. One secret to surviving summer in style? Essential oils.
“Plants can have a physiological effect & their aromas can impact our emotions & psyche,” explains Amy Galper, Executive Director & Founder of the New York Institute of Aromatherapy.
“By smelling plants’ essential oils, we can support our own body’s natural ability to heal, de-stress & even alleviate some of summer’s struggles.”
As temperatures rise, Galper recommends
“uplifting, energizing & cooling citrus scents,” except for lemon & grapefruit, which can sensitize skin to the sun.
“Mandarin & sweet orange are nicest for summer because they’re safe for direct application on the skin,” she says.
Plants can have a physiological effect & their aromas can impact our emotions.
Check out Galper’s top 2-step summer essential oil recs:
Green mandarin essential oil is made from unripe, green mandarin peels & has a fresh, slightly sour & bitter fragrance. It also has cooling & energizing benefits.
Step 1: Using a dropper, mix 10 drops of green mandarin essential oil with 2 oz. of distilled water in a spray bottle.
Step 2: Shake the bottle to disperse the oil in the water & use as a refreshing spray when heading from the beach to the bar.
Yellow mandarin essential oil has a lot of the freshness of green mandarin, but smells happily fruitier. It’s a great afternoon pick-me-up if you’re feeling fatigued.
Step 1: Add 10 drops yellow mandarin essential oil to 2 oz. distilled water in a small spray bottle.
Step 2: Spritz yellow mandarin mist around you anytime for an instant mood boost!
Or add a couple of drops to an unscented liquid castile soap to use as a body wash for an uplifting shower.
By smelling plants’ essential oils, we can support our own body’s natural ability to heal & de-stress.
“When you’ve had several high-humidity summer days in a row, your body naturally starts to feel more lethargic. A sniff of sweet orange will help lift you from your sluggish state,” Galper says.
“Sweet orange essential oil is safe for everyone, even kids, pregnant women & the elderly. It’s my go-to energizing scent.” Since all citrus essential oils are naturally antibacterial, she suggests using sweet orange to make an alcohol-free antibacterial spray.
Step 1: Mix 30-35 drops of essential oil for every 2 oz. of distilled water.
Step 2: Shake, then spritz on your hands or yoga mat for a refreshing summertime workout.
Summertime often means swatting away pesky insects & over applying harsh repellants. Thankfully essential oils can help.
“Anti-microbial essential oils like lemongrass, peppermint, cinnamon bark or leaf & eucalyptus are great at deterring bugs but can also irritate skin,” cautions Galper, who recommends repelling pests with scented fabrics instead.
Step 1: Dissolve the essential oils [30 drops total] into a teaspoon of high-proof alcohol.
Step 2: Mix into 2 oz. of distilled water & spray on your clothes or hiking boots to keep bugs away.
Despite our best intentions, beach days often lead to sunburns. To help soothe scorched skin, harness the anti-inflammatory power of lavender, geranium & chamomile essential oils. Lavender also has pain-relieving properties, which can calm the discomfort.
Better still, beat the burn while soaking up the sun by applying an SPF. We recommend Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Defense SPF 45 Advanced Daily UV Defender. It features an essential oil blend of Tuberose, Jasmine, Rose & Bitter Orange & helps protects skin from UV rays while building skin’s barrier.
Step 1: Blend lavender, geranium & chamomile essential oils [6 drops total] into a tablespoon of pure aloe vera gel.
Step 2: Slather on!