Are you the ultimate DIYer and want all the summer recipes?!
Then read on friend! Summer is my absolute favorite season of the year. I am a beach bum, water loving, gardening gal. But being adventurous and being outdoors all the time comes with its issues! Bug Bites, skin irritations, sunburn, swimmers ear, cuts and scrapes! The list goes on. I compiled some of my really easy, favorite do it yourself recipes that I use every summer! I am not normally a DIY type of person but there are some things I just cant seem to get the result I want and that is a pure, toxin-free product. As a Certified Essential Oil Specialist, I only feel safe using doTERRA oils in, on or around myself and my family. If you are new to doTERRA then I would start HERE at my "Why doTERRA' blog and then come back!
Let's start off with those pesky bugs!
There are a handful of great essential oils that have naturally occuring compounds which repel insects and bugs. I am just one of those people that bugs LOVE. Seriously-I'll be sitting with a group of people and be the only one that the bugs are biting. Its horrible! I have played around with so many different bug sprays and I have a finally found a few different homemade recipes that actually WORK for me and I am so excited to share them with you!
doTERRA makes this amazing repellant blend called TerraShield. This works great for pets and most people. Unfortunately I am not one of those people, I need a little bit more to fight off the insects. So here are two of the recipes that work great for me! I love Lemongrass, Lemon Eucalyptus and Citronella essential oil. And these are PURE (not some synthetic citronella candle full of horrible toxic ingredients) so they work super great. Pretty much if you can combine any of these oils and throw 'em in a spray bottle with some witch hazel-you'll have a great bug spray!
So those recipes should help take care off the "before bugs" and now I want to talk about the "after bugs". If you do get any sort of bug bites or stings or skin irritations then there are a few essential oils I use every single time that work great to help take away the itch and burns and stings.
Lavender, Teatree, Frankincense and Purify Blend (if you need or want to learn more about these then click here for the top 10 oils). You can use them separate or blend them together in a roller ball or even put them in a spray bottle. There is no wrong way. I personally just put them neat right onto my skin. If you are using these on any babies or children or anyone with sensitive skin-make sure you remember to dilute them with a carrier oil! You can use unscented lotion, fractionated (or regular) coconut oil, Vitamin E oil, etc.
Before and After Sun
Let's chat about the sunshine! If you like to make your own sunscreen, then here is a really good recipe for you to try!
If you do ever get burnt, Lavender and Peppermint are so wonderful for that! I love the Lavender because its very soothing and calming to sunburns and the Peppermint makes it feel cool and helps cool you down. Here is my "after sun" recipe.
Summer Time Diffuser Blends