Summer Vibes Rolling In
Summer means a lot of time in the sun. It’s important to be prepared with only the best natural products so that you and your family can make the most of your sun-filled break. Protect, refresh, and sooth your skin with these easy-to-make DIYs.
For all the fantastic things about summer (cookouts, swimming, vacation, longer days, and who could forget yummy melons), there are equally challenging aspects of this season (bugs, bugs, more bugs, excessive heat, pains from being more active, and skin issues from sunburn)
One of the great things about doTERRA is the versatility of our products, so let’s jump into this guide of not only how to SURVIVE summer, but how to enhance it, so you can pluck even more enjoyment out of the longer days ahead. I know you might sat it's only May but I know some of you reading this want to prepare your dōTERRA wellness box aka LRP for summer, June order.
Get that insect repellent
Spending more time in nature is truly a keystone of this splendid season. Whether it be gathered with friends around a grill or alone on a solitary swim, you will likely encounter some unwanted guests, mosquitoes & ticks! This summer, don’t leave home without TerraShield by doTERRA. This blend has been scientifically shown to repel insects more effectively than other synthetic insect repellents without the cocktail of harmful ingredients. Just apply several drops or spray to exposed skin and openings in clothing before you head outside.
Combine 2–3 tablespoons witch hazel, 3–5 drops Lavender, 1–3 drops Geranium into Ziploc bag or small Tupperware container. Add quartered paper towel pieces. Use to refresh skin or as a makeup remover. Note: Instead of paper towels, you can re-use fabric pieces.
If you’ve been stung by a jellyfish, you may have been advised to pour urine on the sting to counteract the toxin. This is an old wive’s tale and not advised by the Red Cross. In fact, without knowing the type of jellyfish, water and vinegar could be a bad idea as well. The best advice is to rinse the sting with ocean water and treat for swelling and pain. The best essential oils to use topically for swelling and pain relief from jellyfish stings include:
Lavender (pre-diluted with FCO available)
Melaleuca (Tea tree) (pre-diluted with FCO available)
Depending on how painful the sting is, use a cool essential oil compress. If pressure can’t be tolerated, spray a diluted essential oil mist on the sting.
Add 1 teaspoon doTERRA Healthy Hold Glaze, 2 tablespoons Epsom salt, ½ teaspoon sea salt to an 8-ounce spray bottle, followed by, ½ teaspoon doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil, 5 drops Rosemary, 5 drops Lemon. Top with water and shake. Spray generously on hair while scrunching with hands for a natural, wavy look.
Combine 1 cup Aloe Vera Gel, ¼ cup doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil, 12–15 drops Frankincense, 8–10 drops Sandalwood OR 12-15 drops Peppermint, 10 drops Cedarwood and 8-10 drops Lavander to glass spray bottle; shake well before use. Spray on skin after sun exposure for a soothing affect.
VIMP General Citrus Oil Safety During Summer
Always check the label. Each essential oil has specific directions for use. Look at the labels and follow direction closely, especially if you are trying oils for the first time. Many oils need to be diluted with a carrier oil. For application convenience, many of doTERRA’s most popular oils are pre-diluted with a carrier oil as part of our Touch line. The Peppermint touch roller is a summer favorite for many because of its cooling effects on the skin. When applying to your face, avoid contact with your eyes, nose, or ears.
Store oils safely.
With school out, young children have more time at home. They often are bored and spend their time exploring the home. Keep your oils in a safe place out of the reach of children. Remind your young children that essential oils should be used with a parent. A great way to include your children is to let them pick the oil you are going to diffuse. The uplifting or calming scents that fill your home can contribute to keeping a positive atmosphere and can help dispel hard feelings after an argument.
Outdoor Essential Oil Safety
The sun is inviting and it’s often a boost to go outside and get that natural vitamin D. However, be aware that some of your family’s favorite citrus oils should be avoided topically before direct sunlight or exposure to artificial UV rays.
When ultraviolet (UV) radiation, a form of radiation which makes up approximately 10 percent of sunlight, comes in contact with particular substances it can initiate a series of chemical and biological reactions. This immune system reaction is known as photosensitization. Some essential oils contain organic compounds known as furocoumarins that make some people’s skin more sensitive to the effects of UV radiation. When photosensitive skin is exposed to UV radiation, it may cause the formation of free radicals, inflicting damage to cellular membranes, organelles, and proteins. Acutely, this may result in temporary darkening of skin pigment and irritation, much like a sunburn. More extreme exposure may cause hives or burns. Keep reading to find out which oils and blends to be aware of.
For the safety and convenience of doTERRA customers we have identified and labeled the following essential oils and blends as photosensitive:
doTERRA On Guard®
Slim & Sassy®