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Enjoy the Outdoors this Summer with Your Essential Oils

It doesn’t matter where you live. There’s something magical about the start of the summer. The comforting warm air, the inviting smells of sand and sun, the flickering fireflies, the orange night sky, s’mores over a campfire. These comforts are universal. And as the sun begins to warm things up, there are suddenly endless opportunities for fun with family and friends that just were not there during the colder months.

The activities seem endless. Being outdoors is where we spend a majority of our time. Whether we are camping, enjoying a picnic, soaking in some sun at the beach, or whipping up some wonderful treat at the backyard BBQ, essential oils will only make things better! Incorporating therapeutic grade essential oils into your summer lifestyle will not only help you stay safe, pain-free, and cool, but they will also help you maintain that healthy lifestyle even during the “lazier” months.

Whether you are trying to deal with summer heat and staying hydrated, entertaining the kiddos, developing a sunburn despite using outdoor protection or treating a bug bite, there are many ways of enjoying summer with essential oils.  Check out the different scenarios below to see how essential oils can support your lifestyle throughout the dog days of summer!

First Things First

There a few things I like to keep in mind during the summer, especially when it comes to supporting my lifestyle with essential oils. First, it’s important to have a first aid kit handy for all adventures. I love making my own kit rather than buying a “pre-made commercial” kit. That’s just boring (and slightly expensive). Plus, you don’t even use half of the stuff in there! You can tailor your kit to your own needs. There are a few must haves in your first aid kit besides the basic Band-Aids, gauze and gloves.

The first is a quality sanitizer for your skin. An awesome DIY hand sanitizer is easy to make using 15 drops of OnGuard Blend, 1 tbsp of aloe Vera gel, and some distilled water. You can fill up a small 3 oz glass spray bottle to tuck into your kit. And certain oils have properties that fight against unwanted bacteria and pathogens. Keep these oils in your kit for when a small accident, scrape, bite, or cut occurs. For example, frankincense and lavender oils can be used to soothe skin irritations and since these oils also improve the appearance of skin imperfections, they may help skin cells regenerate and reduce skin imperfections. Melaleuca, commonly known as tea tree oil, is a great skin cleanser, too. It’s great to use to on rashes, bites, and skin irritations.

Pro Tip: Invest or create your own roller blends for your first aid kit to make application easy and mess-free.

Another super important thing to remember during the summer months is staying hydrated. Let’s be honest. We’ve all heard how important it is to stay hydrated, but after a while plain water can get boring. I love to boost my energy and support my internal systems by hydrating with my essential oils. Lemon oil is a great oil to add to your water to zip it up. As a matter of fact, other citrus oils including grapefruit, lime, wild orange, bergamot, and tangerine are other alternatives to keeping your water exciting and fresh. Citrus oils** help to support your immune system, boost energy, and support your lymphatic system. Adding grapefruit or Slim and Sassy are wonderful ways to support your health and weight loss goals while staying hydrated.

Pro Tip:  Grab your keychain kit  for an easy,  portable way to travel with your citrus oils. 

Conquer the Cookout

Typically, the cookout scene is well established with games, fun, drinks, and food. Sometimes there’s swimming and sunning or baseball and badminton. If you are the type that loves the party, but gets anxious in social situations, your lavender oil can help calm your anxious feelings. Simply rub a drop on the bottoms of your feet or roll behind your ears, on your lower back, and bottoms of your wrists. Frankincense and the Balance Blend are two great oils for connecting with others and a great choice for these types of summer gatherings.

If you are planning on bringing a dish to the fiesta or are hosting the BBQ bash, take some time to learn about which therapeutic grade essential oils you can use in different foods and treats. Since these oils are pure and highly concentrated, you will only need a tiny bit of the oil. Start with one or two drops at first since you can’t take your oils out after adding them so...add slowly and sparingly. Depending on what you are cooking you may have to adjust the recipe. For example, if you are cooking something on a grill over an open flame, more oil will burn off so you may want to use a bit more than you would on a dish that you would cook on the stove.

Other cookout conundrums include overeating. Everything looks so delicious and before you know it you are overly full and questioning your sanity. At times like this, a little peppermint oil will help calm the tummy or a couple of drops of DigestZen in a cup of water will help soothe your stomach and help your body digest the summertime feast.

Pro Tip: When adding oils to recipes, put the drops on a spoon and then stir in to help it disperse evenly throughout the dish. 

Find Peace at The Pool

You can find peace at the pool or bliss at the beach by being prepared with your essential oils. When at the beach or the pool during the summer, it can be hot and humid. Bugs can pester us, or we can wind up scorched despite our best efforts. So many types of skin irritations or rashes can plague us including burns, chafing or parched skin. Essential oils can be used to help in these areas. For example, lavender is great for clearing up and soothing chafed skin. You can also prepare for these situations by making your own natural baby powder. Throw this powder in your beach bag to use for when you change out of your wet clothing to help you feel cool and dry. Lavender is another useful oil to use after being out in the sun all day. There’s a handy after-sun skin soother that is super-easy to make! Just put 10-12 drops each of lavender and peppermint oils along with some aloe Vera in a small spray bottle. Relief is literally at your fingertips.

Pro Tip: Don’t forget your lips! Make sure to pack a lip balm to keep your lips from getting dry and cracked.

Prepare to Play

Don’t be that know the one. That person is the one who sits out of all the rides because of motion sickness. I’ll admit it, I’m that person, but I don’t have to be anymore and neither do you!  Mint oils are amazing for motion sickness and easy to bring with you on adventures to amusement parks. Long drives to summer attractions can also benefit from mint oils. You can put them in rollers with fractionated coconut oil or drop oil directly into your hands and inhale. Then, rub on the back of your neck, behind your ears, on your feet, and the inside of your wrists. DigestZen is another helpful way to calm a queasy tummy. Simply mix 2-3 drops in some water and ingest or put a few drops into a veggie capsule and swallow with water. Ginger is another great way to help during motion sickness troubles.  

Another way that essential oil can help make your family fun day even safer is by using On Guard. You can make your own sanitizing mist. On Guard sanitizing mist also comes pre-made in a small spritzer bottle for those short on time. This is a great way to keep your hands from drying out while also keeping them safe from germs at amusement parks and playgrounds. One last way to use your essential oils by whipping up your own essential oil hand soap for a tough day of playing outdoors!

Pro Tip: Carry Purify Blend with your keychain oils in case you forget to pack your sanitizing spray. It not only gives a quick on-the-go clean of your hands, but it also helps if you have any minor skin irritations or you can’t get that smell of food off of your hands from lunch.

Conquer the Campground

Let’s face it...outdoor life is one that most of us love. It’s the mosquito bites and poison ivy that are not so pleasant. When we get outdoors, we strive to connect with nature and become more grounded. Essential oils can aid in these goals and keep us safe. The multi-purpose properties of essential oils make it a no-brainer to bring them on your hike or camping trip. The Breathe blend is a wonderful way to connect with nature. Put a couple of drops on your hands, rub together and take a several deep breaths.  If you are feeling off-balance and looking to nature to help regulate yourself, use the Balance Blend to help ground you. You can apply using a roller ball version or by putting a few drops in your hands and rubbing it on both hands and feet.   Lavender oil or the Serenity or Peace Blends can help you to relax and unwind.

After a refreshing summer hike, putting up that tent, or rowing that kayak, you may find your muscles to be sore. Deep Blue oil is a wonderful essential oil that can help with pain relief. Deep Blue is also found in many other products such as creams and soft gels that can help relieve pain in the body. Use with frankincense to support regeneration of healthy cells.  Another way to help incorporate essential oil into your summer fun is to make an “Owie Spray” for your family. (You can also toss this into your first aid kit, too!) Pack this helpful spray anytime you leave the house. Grab a spray bottle and simply mix 1 tsp of fractionated coconut oil and 10 drops each of frankincense, melaleuca, and lavender. Fill the remainder of the body with distilled or spring water. Spray on scratches and cuts for quick relief and soothing. You can also use on bug bites!

Pro Tip: Before going on a hike, take a few moments to breathe deeply and recite your favorite quote or affirmation. Inhale gratitude. 

Regardless of your summer plans or adventures, there are so many ways to enjoy the outdoors with your essential oils in tow. If you have already made oils a part of your lifestyle, try some new recipes or these helpful tips to enhance it even more. If you haven’t yet started using oils to live a happier, healthier and more amazing life, reach out today for more information!

**Warning About Citrus Oils: Citrus oils and blends that contain citrus are photosensitive when used on the skin. It’s important to give yourself 12 hours after application until you are safe for sun exposure.

Featured Writer, Lynne DeAmelio-Rafferty M.S., M.Ed, CEO The Savvy Sentence