Welp. Summer is here. It’s been in the 90s, pool is open and a/c is rocking. We spend a fair amount of time outside, but I HATE getting over-heated. When I learned about liquid a/c, it was a very very happy day.
The first oil I used to make this (extremely) popular spray was Peppermint (my volleyball girls love it). Pepp has a ton of menthol and known for relaxing and easing occasional headaches, as well as soothing muscles. It will also “pepp” you if you’re feeling drowsy – especially helpful on a hot summer day. Some folks find peppermint too intense, so Spearmint is a great alternative. It’s a bit milder, as it has less menthol, and it’s also an antioxidant. They actually smell really amazing combined together. I call the combo “wintermint” because of its cool, fresh scent.
There’s a new kid on my oil block this summer though. An oil that we have used a lot during the winter months for respiratory support actually shines as a go-to summer essential oil, and that’s Eucalyptus. It’s a super versatile oil. The uses for eucalyptus essential oil have made it nudge its way onto my favorites list. This is one oil that every home needs this summer.
Like I mentioned, Eucalyptus essential oil is pretty well known for its respiratory support. Put a few drops in the shower before you hop in, and the aroma will help open up your airways. It’s great in the diffuser as well. It blends really well with cardamom, which also helps you breathe easier.
But did you know that it’s also excellent for soothing sore muscles and joints? It’s a great addition to a roller or salve to use to massage into your muscles at the end of a long day. Try with Frankincense and Peppermint (10 drops each in a 10mL roller works like a charm for me.)
Need some immune support? Euc is up for the challenge. Topically or aromatically, used daily will help your immune system function better (and with RA, my immune system needs all the help it can get!).
You use it along with melaleuca to create a bathroom cleaner that will help you deal with gunk and grime. Add 5 drops of each to a 16 oz. spray bottle full of water and spray down your shower after each use.
Warm weather means the garbage can gets stinkier faster – putting a few drops in the bottom of your garbage helps prevent that blech odor. I have a paper towel in the bottom of the can that I use to drop the oil on.
But why is it at the top of my summer list right now?
Eucalyputus is wonderfully refreshing and cooling. Adding it to my cooling spray has taken its effectiveness up a BUNCH of notches. Eucalyptus is not only calming for muscles and joints and cooling to the body, it’s also amazing for mental clarity and stress relief.
Sally’s Summer Cooling Spray
1/2 cup water or witch hazel
2 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
2 drops Spearmint Essential Oil
4 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
4 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
1/8 tsp salt
Combine ingredients in a 4 oz Spray Bottle. Shake before using. Seriously amazing.
GUESS WHAT ELSE? This amazing combo also acts as an insect repellant (doTERRA has an amazing blend for that called TerraShield, but this is a great alternative and is multi-purpose)
Or these babies……
Eucalyptus Mint Towels
(from Aromatools Blog)
1 tsp. (5 g) Epsom Salts
2 drops peppermint essential oil
2 drops eucalyptus essential oil
1 cup (240 ml) warm water
Place Epsom salts in bowl. Add essential oils, and mix together. Pour in the warm water, and stir until the Epsom salts is dissolved.
Dip the washcloths in the liquid, and wring out the excess. Fold each washcloth in half and roll it up. Place in the freezer and freeze for a couple hours.
To use, place the frozen towel anywhere that you need cooling such as your face, head, arms, feet, etc. Use rolled up, then unroll as it thaws to make the coolness last as long as possible.
Hey – I added just a drop to a chamois cooling towel today and it was fab. Oh yeah, and about as simple as you can get.
There you have it! Every home needs a bottle of Eucalyptus this summer - and the rest of the year as well. The uses for Eucalyptus essential oil are crazy amazing. You should have this one for sure. Here are some other great ideas for summer.
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