Summertime & Essential Oils

If you have read my blog, you know that I am passionate about Aromatherapy & summertime 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…

cut grapefruitPhotosensitivity: 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,canstockphoto17204511cold-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 canstockphoto19623127Sweet 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,sunburn 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

Bugs of Summer…

Summertime… The sunshine, going to the beach, gardening, the warm nights watching Lady bugthe stars. What I could do without is the bugs. I do my best to respect nature & I can appreciate all the good that Ladybugs, Bees & Spiders (Arachnids, I know) do for the environment but do the ants, beetles & “BIG” wolf spiders have to come in my house?

I like to use essential oil whenever possible to “repel” the bugs. Some of my favorites are Cedarwood, Spearmint,  Eucalyptus Radiata, Dives or Citriodora, Geranium, Patchouli & my all time fav- Lemongrass. ( I do like Catnip too, but  every time I try to use it, my cats go a little, okay a lot crazy)
These essential oils are more appropriate to use around older children & adults.

If you have younger children (age 2 – 8)  essential oils that you may want to consider are Geranium, Rosalina, Tea Tree & Spearmint just to name a few.

There are different ways to use essential oil blends in your home; here are a few to consider:

  • Try diffusing your blend, as it works well for airborne bugs like flies &  mosquitoes.
  • Room Sprays- make a blend of your favorite oils, then mix  20 – 25 drops with 125 ml of purified water or a Hydrosol.
  • You can also put a few drops of your blend on a cotton ball & put it on your window sills, around your patio doors as well as in closets & attics.***Don’t use this method if you have young children & pets.

While a blend will work as an all-purpose bug repellent, certain essential oils work well antfor specific bugs & situations. If you have a problem with:

Ants: Make a blend of 8 drops of Peppermint & 12 drops Spearmint essential oil to 250 ml of water. Shake well before using. Spray around doorways & windows (especially the window screens). If you have a lot of ants entering your house  I find that Peppermint works really well. Apply a few drops to a cotton ball & place in areas where you see the ants entering your home. ***Don’t use this method if you have young children & pets.

Flies & Mosquitoes:  Lemongrass & Peppermint in a diffuser or as a room spray would be a good choice. ***Lavender & Rosalina would be a good alternative  if you have young children Read More

Long, Hot Summer

First posted July 2015

A life without love is like a year without summer.  – Swedish Proverb 

canstockphoto1494214In the Summertime there is nothing better than being at the beach, so you can “Soak up the Sun”  & relax. Summer gives us a sense of well-being, connecting with nature & connecting with each other. It’s having the time to spend with the special person in your life, or it may be about meeting someone new, a “Summerfling”.

Summer is all about Passion & Romance. Of the 5 senses, most people would say sight or touch are the most important when it comes to simulating a passionate response. For some people, it’s their own private song list, for others, it’s all about the sense of taste, having a romantic dinner (although I do prefer chocolate to raw oysters).  And, of course, there’s the sense of smell.

The use of essential oils has been around since the ancient Egyptians who started using “aromatic” oils to stimulate their senses, & improve virility. Smelling essential oils can have a powerful effect on the emotional body; It stimulates the nerve endings of the olfactory bulb (at the back of the nose) as well as the limbic part of the brain. This area of the brain processes our memories, and our emotions (like love, joy, compassion & pleasure).  Author Valerie Ann Worwood says, “Our emotional state at any particular time  can act as a powerful aphrodisiac.”

The definition of an aphrodisiac is a substance or an agent thought to stimulate or enhance passion. The different scents &  properties of essential oils can make the experience different for everyone. Everyone has their own scent preference, some people like the earthier scents while others like the floral or the spicier scents.

Some essential oils to consider…

canstockphoto9721822Sandalwood has been around for centuries. It was used as incense in temples & churches. The oil is a base note with grounding properties helpful with reducing stress, meditation & getting in tune with yourself.

Jasmine is an exotic, floral essential oil that is calming for stress & anxiety. It is said that Cleopatra & King Louis XVI used jasmine in their fragrances. Jasmine improves your sense of well-being, & may help to increase sexual interest.

Patchouli is a calming & grounding base note that helps to relieve stress & anxiety. It’s earthy, exotic fragrance has long been used in perfume & massage oils. It is a good alternative for the more expensive Sandalwood. (

Cedarwood  (especially the Atlas variety) is an earthy masculine scent, used by the ancient Egyptians to make perfume. It is considered a tonic which improves the systems of the body, relieves stress & appeals to the senses.

clary sageClary Sage is an uplifting essential oil that is said to be helpful for depression, stress, anxiety, & PMS, as well as boosting the libido in both males & females. Don’t use topically while drinking alcohol as it amps up the effect.

 

Vanilla has a rich, sweet scent that is used in 23% of all “quality perfumes”.
It is a comforting & relaxing essential oil that is good for stress, anger, depression, anxiety & insomnia. Vanilla is also thought to be helpful for loss of libido.

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Ylang Ylang is a very sweet, floral scent. In Indonesia, Ylang Ylang flowers were strewn on the wedding bed, (it is said to be beneficial for boosting sexual interest). Ylang Ylang is also helpful for stress, anxiety & insomnia.

 

You may also want to consider Rose, Neroli, Cardamom, Coriander,  Nutmeg, Ginger, & Vetiver essential oils.

Using Essential oils:

  • The easiest way to use essential oils is in your diffuser. It is a lovely way to scent your room, relax, as well as setting the mood.
  • If you choose to use essential oils topically in massage oil, use at a 1% dilution. This is because you are applying your massage oil to a large area on your body. A 1% dilution would be 8 -9 drops of essential oil to 30 ml of carrier oil. 
  • Don’t use essential oils blends or massage oils on your genital area as it may cause irritation to sensitive mucous membranes, and don’t use as a personal lubricant as they are incompatible with latex & will make condoms ineffective.

Essential oils with aphrodisiac properties may help in the romance department by increasing your sense of well-being, easing any stress or anxiety that you may be feeling & helping you to relax. Taking the time for self-care & the time to connect with each other will always improve your relationship. I personally find that a good way to improve your love life is lots of talking, laughing & hugging as well as helping with the dishes or taking out the garbage. Just Sayin’…

  • Check with your healthcare professional if you have a loss of libido, have an underlying medical condition, or take medication,(especially  before using aromatherapy products for the first time)
  • Avoid using if you have epilepsy
  • Use caution if pregnant or breastfeeding
  • If essential oil products irritate your skin, discontinue use.

My blog is for information only & is not meant to replace medical advice. Essential Oils are not for ingestion & should always be diluted before topical use.

References:

  • Davis, Patricia.  Aromatherapy an A-Z. New revised edition, Vermilion,  an imprint  of   Edbury Publishing, a Random House Company, 2005
  •  Lawless. Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, Thorsons, 2002
  • Worwood, Valerie Ann, Scents & Scentuality: Essential Oils & Aromatherapy for Romance, Love &  Sex  New World Library, Aug 2012.

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