With sunny weather comes more time spent in the outdoors. And more time outside means we are more prone to insect bites, sunburn, heat exhaustion and muscle aches from the extra activity.
Essential oils are a simple and natural way to relieve the common ailments that many of us experience during the summer months. So, to help you get ready, we have prepared a list of our favourite “must have oils” for your summer first aid kit.
The 3 basic “essential” oils that we recommend in any first aid kit include:
- Tea Tree
Your kit should also include a clean cloth that can be used for hot or cold compresses or to clean an area prior to treatment. Other first aid necessities include bandages, a carrier oil such as Jojoba, and some rose hydrosol to quickly soothe those sun or barbeque burns.
Tea Tree oil is Antifungal & Antiseptic
Great for conditions like burns, athlete’s foot, cuts, scrapes, and itchy insect bites. Tea Tree can be applied directly on the skin (neat) without a carrier oil, making it easy to use.
Lavender Oil is Excellent for Cuts, Swelling & Burns
Lavender oil is another “must have” essential oil. Lavender oil can also be used neat and is excellent for soothing and healing bumps and bruises, burns, insect bites, muscle aches and sunburn. For heat exhaustion, sunstrokes and headaches apply Lavender oil to the temples, back of the neck and the Solar Plexus and breathe deeply. For heat stroke and heat rashes add several drops of Lavender to a bathtub full of cool/tepid water or onto a cold compress (apply compress to forehead). Lavender oil is also excellent for cuts, swelling and burns.
Geranium Oil is Antiseptic & Antifungal
This makes it a good choice for cuts, sores and fungal, bacterial and viral infections. As well, Geranium helps heal fever blisters and cold sores and is ideal for repairing dry skin. Geranium is helpful for travel sickness and jet lag. It is a very popular oil to use in cases of menstrual problems such as PMS, menstrual pain, swelling (bloating), mood swings, menopause, etc.
Keeping those pesky insects away can be done by using Lavender. A couple of other essential oils that are also good insect repellents are clove, peppermint, citronella and lemongrass. Simply mix a few drops of any of these oils with some Jojoba oil and apply to exposed skin or add the pure mix to a diffuser or try using Colour Energy®’s blue chakra blend.
If you’re heading outside for a picnic, sporting event, yard work, or relaxing on a patio, chances are you’re going to come across a bug or two. While covering up and adding an extra layer is one option for minimizing bug bites, it’s not always realistic in hot temperatures.
Natural Bug Repellent That is Effective & Smells Wonderful!
Before you reach for a commercial bug repellent – that may contain harsh chemicals–take some time to consider the better alternative: a natural bug repellent that smells wonderful, is effective and long-lasting.
Our newest addition to our Aromatherapy line, Mother Nature’s Aromatherapy, is fresh smelling and Mother Nature approved as it contains only pure plant essential oils, including Citronella, Eucalyptus, Lemon Eucalyptus, Spearmint, Neem, Cedarwood, Tea Tree, Lemongrass, Clove Bud, Cajaput, Catnip, Rosemary and Lavender in a base of demineralized water.
Since Mother Nature’s Aromatherapy is available in a 120ml spray as well as in a 30ml travel size spray you can stay protected no matter where the path may lead you! Simply shake and spray 1-3 times as needed, above the head or 6-8 inches from the skin. Lightly cover exposed skin and/or clothing.
Another great option for enhancing your indoor or outdoor experience is to diffuse Mother Nature’s Aromatherapy pure mix in a Heavenly scent diffuser. With Mother Nature’s aromatherapy not only will you be able to enjoy the outdoors insect free, you will smell great and remain clean, natural and pure.
Stock Up On Natural Remedies This Summer
There you have it! A fantastic list of go-to natural products that are effective and easy to use. Essential oils have so many healing properties, an oil such as lavender can literally be used for almost any ailment in a pinch.
Be sure to check out the Natural Products and Aromatherapy section at colourenergyshop.com