Essential oils in summer are excellent allies for the care and nutrition of the skin and to soothe burns and redness during the hottest season. They can also be used to repel insects, eliminate swelling of the legs, but also to improve the quality of sleep. Let’s find out which essential oils in summer are particularly useful.
Lavender essential oil
One of the most suitable essential oils to use during the hot season is lavender: it treats insect bites, irritation and improves sleep.
It can be used pure to relieve the pain and stinging of insect bites, leaving the fragrance on the skin and also acts as a repellent.
Combined with water, it is perfect for soothing sunburn and a dozen drops are enough to smear on the solar plexus (the part of the body that occupies the abdomen, just below the diaphragm) to improve the duration and quality of sleep.
2. Chamomile essential oil
Even pure chamomile essential oil, with its strong soothing power, is able to reduce redness, itching and erythema caused by exposure to sunlight. Dry and inelastic skin, typical of the warm season, can be rehydrated and nourished with chamomile fragrance.
A night massage with 5 or 6 drops of essential oil – combined with extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil – is enough to moisturize and make the dermis elastic.
3. Geranium essential oil
The essential fragrance of geranium can be used as after-sun to nourish the skin and make it smoother and softer. In addition, geranium has repellent properties against mosquitoes and other insects: just burn the scent in a diffuser. It can be used both outdoors and indoors (in this case, ventilate the room before staying in it).
4. Lemon essential oil
The ability of lemongrass to repel insects is well known. In fact, on the market there are many diffusers of this essential oil, also called lemongrass, capable of combating mosquitoes and the like. Lemongrass can also be used to drain summertime swelling of the lower limbs. Simply combine it with massage oil, spread the ointment on the legs starting from the toes and reaching the groin.
5. Peppermint essential oil
Peppermint essential oil is an excellent natural remedy for headaches: 5 drops diluted in a so-called carrier oil (jojoba, argan, linseed or sweet almond for example) are enough to soothe the pain with a relaxing massage.
To combat motion sickness, inhalation using diffusers is best. The essential fragrance of peppermint is also ideal for a soothing and decongestant foot bath. 5 drops of product and 3 tablespoons of coarse salt diluted in cold or warm water are sufficient. The treatment should last at least 15 minutes without exceeding 20 minutes.