Is the summer heat forcing you to retreat indoors within the safe confines of your temperature-regulated house? I know it’s tough to get out there on those blacktop streets and ride the crowded buses and trains.
I use two tricks to combat this type of heat: One, I visualize something like the beach, shaded woods, or a remote lake house. The promise of these escapes do something to my breathing and pace. Two, I use essential oils that keep me cool and calm.
Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium var amara) – Physically cools and deodorizes the body. Energetically inspires, transforms and supports matters of the heart.
Lime (Citrus aurantifolia) distilled rather than expressed – Energetically promotes creativity and honesty. Physically supports the immune system and cools the central nervous system.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) – Energetically and physically balancing. Provides a sense of cleanliness for a summer heat blend.
Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) – A superb purifying oil. Supports deep breathing by gently relaxing the mind. Grounding, calming and cooling.
Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) – Energetically provides protection and inspiration. Physically supports breathing and soothes the central nervous system.
Three Ways to Smell Great and Keep Cool With Essential Oils
Summer Heat Blend
Create this blend and utilize it in the three following recipes. Once you create, allow one to three days for the essential oils to really marinate together and blossom into their full aromatic potential.
- 3 drops Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium var amara)
- 3 drops distilled Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)
- 2 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
- 1 drop Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis)
- 8 drops Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)
Virtual Getaway Spritz
Fill a spray bottle with ⅓ aloe and ⅔ distilled water. Add 10-20 drops of summer heat blend for every ounce of aloe/water mix. Shake before you spray. Use all over your body, on your linens or as a general room spray.
Cool Down Bath Salt
Add 10 drops of Summer Heat blend to 1 oz of epsom salt and stir into a lukewarm bath to keep you cool throughout a hot day or night.
Summer Heat Relief Shower Discs
Lastly, try fellow aromatherapist Amy Anthony’s recipe for aromatic shower discs http://aromaticstudies.com/essential-oil-allies-scots-pine/ and substitute with the Summer Heat Blend.