What scents remind you of summer? Perhaps the bright sweet smell of fresh cut grass comes to mind, or the smoky warm scent of a campfire.
What about the scent of peppermint? Lavender? Or lemongrass? While this herb, flower and grass combination may not be at the top of your list, I think all three of these are perfect essential oils and scents for summer. And here is why...
Lavender (Lavender augustifolia, Lavender officianalis):
While many people prize lavender for its sweet calming scent, lavender essential oil has many uses beyond a floral relaxant. These include helping heal acne, bug bites, bruises and sprains. Beyond these uses though, I chose lavender as a summer essential oil because summer often equals sunburns.
Lavender essential oil has long been used to treat burns of all degrees. To help treat your sunburn you can keep a lavender body spray in your beach bag, immerse a towel in cold water that has a couple of drops of lavender essential oil in it and then dab it on the skin, or simply mix a drop or two of oil into a palm full of aloe vera and rub it on any areas that have received too much sun.
Naturally, safe sunbathing techniques should be practiced at all times, but if you happen to accidentally stay in the sun too long, grab the lavender, dilute it (the smell can be a bit powerful if you use too much, although many people use this oil neat) and apply as necessary!
Tip: Lavender essential oil can also help keep bugs away!
Essential Oil safety: Although lavender is considered a "safe" essential oil, you should always test a small amount on your skin diffuser before applying to larger areas of the body. Check for further contraindications and warnings.
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