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We are well into summer around here and the weather is no longer messing around. Triple digit temperatures have arrived and they aren't going away any time soon. But, there is too much summer goodness to enjoy to let the heat get in your way. Try these simple tricks to stay cool and make the most out of the season.
Create a Cooling Spray
Fill a spray bottle with water and then add several drops of a cooling essential oil like Peppermint, Basil, Cardamom, Cilantro, or Breathe Respiratory Blend. When you start to feel the heat, spray the back of your neck or your wrists. Applying to these pulse points will help provide an overall cooling effect.*
Dress for the Heat
Select fabrics like cotton, hemp, and rayon that breathe and let your sweat evaporate quickly. These are especially effective if you live in a dry climate. Athletic wear made from moisture-wicking fabrics are specifically designed to keep you as cool and dry as possible making them an excellent option for hot days.
Drink Lots of Water
Don't forget to stay hydrated and drink even more than you normally would to replace water lost to perspiration. Stick with water and steer clear of sugary, caffeinated, and alcoholic beverages when you are battling the heat. Add a drop or two of a citrus essential oil to your water for a flavor boost. Lime, Lemon, Wild Orange, Tangerine, and Grapefruit are some of my favorites.
Eat Lighter Plant Based Meals
Eating easy to digest fruits and vegetables produces less heat in your body then many other calorie dense food options. Fortunately, summer offers a bounty of fruits and vegetables to choose from. Your overall health will benefit as well.
Turn Your Fan Around
It may seem counter intuitive, but instead of aiming the fan at yourself, aim it towards an open window. This configuration will send the hot air from inside your house to the outside.
Diffuse Cooling Essential OilsAdd essential oils like Spearmint, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, or Breathe Respiratory Blend to your diffuser. Their aromas can help you feel cool and invigorated.
Use Window Coverings to Your Advantage
Select blinds or curtains that block intense sun rays to help cool your home. Close them when direct sunlight hits to keep the interior of your home from heating up. Open windows if the temperature drops at night. You can hang a damp towel in front of the open window to cool air as it enters.
Cool Your Sheets
Make a fabric spray specifically designed to keep your sheets cool. Place a few drops of Peppermint into a spray bottle filled with water. Spray your sheets before crawling into bed. If you really want to cool things off at night, trying placing your sheets or pillowcases into a zippered plastic bag and putting them into the freezer for a few minutes. Put them on your bed and enjoy a respite from the heat.
Turn Down Your Body Heat
Sometimes you just need an all over cool down. A cool shower or bath will usually do the trick. You can also try peppermint ice water. Fill ice cube trays with water and add a drop of Peppermint Essential Oil to each compartment. Once frozen, add peppermint ice to water or unsweetened iced tea. The cooling spray from the top of this list works just as well indoors as it does outdoors. Remember to target your pulse points for the full effect.
After Sun Blends
Below are a few recipes that can help relieve any effects you are feeling from a long day in the sun.*
- Add 5 drops Melaleuca, 5 drops Roman Chamomile, 5 drops Helichrysum, 5 drops Lavender to a 10ml roller bottle. Fill the remainder of the bottle with Fractionated Coconut Oil.
- Add 20 drops Lavender to 2oz of Fractionated Coconut Oil and rub into skin. Or, create a body spray by adding the Lavender to a spray bottle and then adding 1oz of Fractionated Coconut Oil and 1oz of water.
- Add 5 drops Peppermint, 5 drops Lavender, and 4 drops Vitamin E Oil to a 4oz spray bottle. Fill the remainder with Witch Hazel.
Need more summertime resources? Try these blog posts for lots of great information about making the most of summer.
- Essential Oil Summer Safety Reminders
- 5 Must-Have Essential Oils for Summer
- Get Your Skin Summer Ready
- Summer Stay-cation Ideas
- Enjoy a "No Exercise" Summer
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