Whether you’re a seasoned essential oil user or brand new to the wonderful world of natural solutions, summer is a great time to add a few recipes to your holistic self-care/health-care toolkit. There are lots of ways you can use oils in the summer time but the following are my three favorite methods.
I love roller bottles for several reasons. They’re…
- Portable – I carry several in my purse at all times!
- Easy to apply – you don’t have to even touch the oil, it’s ready to just roll on.
- Pre-mixed – while blends you can purchase might work for some things, there are other issues you want to make your own blends for (see the two recipes below).
- Pre-diluted – dilution is SO important; too many people do NOT follow proper guidelines with this (don’t follow what you see on Pinterest!).
Here are 2 roller bottle recipes to use this summer!
- Ouchies and owies: we’re all outside more and there are more opportunities to get yourself into *good* trouble. Whether you’ve been out on the trail, working in the garden, or your kiddo is learning to ride their bike, this is a great go-to that helps with all sorts of ouchies and owies. In a 5 mL roller bottle, put 3 drops of lavender, 3 drops of melaleuca, 1 drop of frankincense, and 1 drop of cypress. Fill to the top of the bottle with a carrier oil (I love fractionated coconut oil), put the roller top on, and cap it. This blend soothes the skin and helps your body do it’s job to deal with the problem faster.
- Outdoor bug blend (skeeters and flies): I love doing things outside – especially camping! – but that usually means I’ll meet my fair share of lovely buzzing insects. You can use a pre-blended oil or make your own (my preference!). My favorite see-ya-later-bugs combo is 4 drops of lemongrass and 4 drops of peppermint in a 5 mL roller bottle (top with carrier oil). The only caution with this blend is for breastfeeding gals – peppermint can have an impact on your milk supply so try it out once and see before using liberally (otherwise it’s safe to use!).
Summer diffuser blends
Sometimes you just need a pick me up around the house in the summer time. Maybe the kids are getting stir crazy being at home for several days in a row, perhaps you were all up late the night before and you need to get stuff done, or maybe you’re home from vacation and want that summery feeling at the end of a long work day. Whatever the reason, the following two diffuser blends are for you! They are from my new ebook, 101 Essential Oil Blends for Aromatic and Topical Use.
- Fruity fresh blend: balance, uplift, purify, and release. This gentle and relaxing blend is great for any part of summer, but especially as you transition from summer to fall.
- 1 drop lavender
- 1 drop grapefruit
- 1 drop lemon
- 1 drop spearmint
- Summer in the riviera: I can only imagine this is what a summer in such a beautiful place would smell and feel like.
- 1 drop bergamot
- 1 drop lemon
- 1 drop cypress
Put these blends of oils straight in your diffuser with the appropriate amount of water for your unit. We have a diffuser in our bedroom as well as the kids’ bedroom plus one in our living room and one that travels between the office and the car (yes, the car! It’s powered with a USB cord!). They’re great to have around and provide wonderful environmental impacts depending on what I choose to throw in there. My daughter asks what special smells we’ll have in the confuser (what she calls it…and I can’t bear to correct her!) during play time. Startin’ her early! :)
Rubs and creams
These are great for summer because there you’re often showing more skin and want to keep it nourished and healthy. Rubs and creams can help keep your skin looking and feeling great as well as help you work out some issues you may have run into (too much sun, perhaps?). If that’s the problem, try this one out!
- After sun soothing rub
- In 2 tablespoons of pure aloe vera gel, put 3 drops lavender, 3 drops peppermint, 2 drops geranium, and 2 drops frankincense. Thoroughly mix and apply to skin as needed (keeping away from eyes; breastfeeding mamas, same warning here with your milk supply).
There are lots more rub and cream recipes but this is such an important summer go-to that I scale up the ratio of oils and put it in a dropper bottle. When we need it, I shake up the bottle, measure out 10-15 drops into the aforementioned 2 tablespoons of aloe, and it’s ready to use.
THIS GIVEAWAY IS OVER!
And I decided to choose two entries. Amy and Lindsay, you won!
I’m giving away a pair of the roller bottle blends from this post to a randomly drawn winner (mailed within the US only).
You can earn up to two entries:
In the comments, tell me YOUR favorite way to use essential oils in the summertime (I love new ideas!).
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This collection of resources is awesome for newbies and experienced users alike. Promise. (they have a money back guarantee if you don’t like it!)
The bundle is gone Monday night…that’s also when the giveaway closes!