If you have read my blog, you know that I am passionate about Aromatherapy & the Safe & the Appropriate Use of Essential Oils.
You also know that I love summer… going to the beach or the lake, enjoying my garden, BBQ’s & picnics, and having the time to relax.
What I could do without is the sleepless nights due to the heat, sore feet from my cute new sandals, bug bites, sunburn & dry skin from all of the swimming, oh, and snakes. I really don’t like snakes. And wolf spiders IN my house. (They belong outside). But other than that I love summer. And when using essential oils in the summertime there are a few things to remember…
Photosensitivity: Citrus essential oils are the perfect scents to use in the warmer months. Try using them in a room spray or diffusing them in your home. *Just use caution when using them topically in body lotions/oils or body mists (and never use undiluted essential oils on your skin.)
Avoid going out in the sun or using a tanning bed for a minimum of 12 hours after use. Some citrus essential oils like Bergamot,cold-pressed Lemon & Lime, Bitter Orange and to a lesser degree Grapefruit react to UV light and can cause a photosensitive skin irritation. (A photosensitive reaction may be a severe sunburn,swelling and possible blistering of the skin;you may react to 24 – 72 hours after using a citrus essential oil topically). A good rule of thumb: don’t apply photosensitive essential oils to areas of your body that are exposed to the sun.
*According to authors Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, “Citrus scented bath products that get washed off of your skin, (like your body wash, bath soap or shampoo) are generally not a risk.
More ideas for using Essential Oils in the Summer…
Cool Off: If you are finding the heat a little too much make a mister out of Spearmint, or Sweet Basil, Cypress & Geranium essential oils with Lavender Hydrosol & purified water. Keep one beside your bed, and mist the back of your neck & your chest You could also use Lavender & Spearmint Hydrosol blended with purified water. Shake well before use. Use a dilution of 1 %.
Sunburn: Anyone who has had a sunburn, knows how much they hurt. After a cool, baking soda bath, I like to use a blend of Roman Chamomile, Lavender & Spearmint essential oils mixed with Aloe Vera Gel, and Helichrysum Hydrosol. (The amount of Spearmint that I use depends on how bad the sunburn is.) Use a dilution of 1 – 2 %. Shake well before use. (You could also use a cooling blend of Lavender & Roman Chamomile Hydrosols in a mister). Read More