Beautiful, sensual, and evocative, essential oils have a stunning range of health benefits, and their natural scents help us connect to our bodies, our breath, and our senses.
There are many ways to work essential oils into your summer routine. Use them to cool off your body, help you calm down before long periods of travel, and soothe your skin after too much time in the sun, pool, or salty air. Essential oils can also help you let go of all the stress that has built up in your body so you can better enjoy a restorative vacation or getaway.
Inhaling an essential oil is the fastest and most effective way to experience its many therapeutic rewards. Another way to deliver essential oils to your lungs is with a diffuser, which disperses oil throughout an enclosed space, making the air inside and outside of our bodies more breathable. You can use water to heal by combining heat and essential oils through hydrotherapy.
The warmer summertime months are the perfect time to diffuse and blend with light, energizing, herbaceous, floral, and cooling essential oils. Oils from the mint, citrus and floral families are especially nice during summer.
Summer is a time of fun, outdoor play and hopefully, a bit of travel and relaxation. We’ve created this Summer Essential Oil Survival Guide to help you survive and thrive this summer. So before heading out to the beach, a yoga retreat, camping trip or other summer activities, pack an essential Ananda Aromamist summer survival kit to help incorporate essential oils into your daily routine and to support your health and well being this Summer. 1. Lavender Who doesn’t love summer nights? We love them so much, it’s often hard to wind down at the end of a particularly stimulating summer day. Cultivate a new end-of-day calming practice that includes relaxing rituals like gentle yoga, massage, a cool bath, or just curling up in bed with a good book. ~ Tranquility
2. Bergamot If you’re stuck indoors, bring a little tropical pleasure to yourself as bergamot creates a feeling of freshness, joy and energy by improving the circulation of the blood and stimulating hormonal secretions. ~ Let Tropical Summer will take you away
3. May Chang Is bright, energizing and reminds those who use it of sunshine. It promotes mental health and dissolves depression. Its antifungal properties can be beneficial for athletes’ foot and it can also be used to deodorise and combat excessive perspiration. Great to take away on vacation, especially when we get all hot and sweaty. ~ Salute to the Sun
4. Lemongrass If you're feeling a little down lemongrass is a natural pick me up, great for insomnia if you need to pull through the silly season plus it is great to keep the bugs away, effective as an insect repellant. ~ Pick Me Up
5. Peppermint This summer, instead of rolling out of bed and hitting the coffee machine, try waking up with peppermint oil. If you want to exercise in the morning but still feel sluggish after a full night’s sleep, you’ll find this is a quick way to wake up and get right to your workout, even spray it on your yoga mat. ~ Awakening
6. Grapefruit Let’s get this party started, having been used for centuries to help beat inflammation, weight gain, sugar cravings and even hangover symptoms, it's considered a natural stress-fighter, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant food. It can also help balance your moods find your yin to your yang. ~ Celebration
7. Patchouli This oil is highly concentrated, making it perfect for skin care. Use it for mature, dry, cracked, or sweaty skin, especially in the summer months. It is also said to elevate the mood by enhancing sensuality and sexuality. Plus this sweet and rich aroma supports a healthy digestive system and soothes occasional queasiness, great travel companion for you and others especially on long trips. ~ Wisdom
8. Chamomile Summer schedules are bound to shake even the most practiced yogi’s inner calm. Between deadlines, vacations, and events, it can be overwhelming when all you want to do is be outside in the summer sun. But there are some fast and easy ways to find your inner calm at the office, at home, or on the go. Try taking a five-minute walk or meditation break, practicing a focused breathing exercise, or repeating a calming mantra. ~ Tune In
9. Sandalwood Known for its calming qualities this woody, earthy and ancient scent can reduce puffiness and soothe the skin after sunburn. When inhaled, it softly eases into the lungs to deepen and relax your breath. In Ayurveda it is known to cool Pitta Dosha, or literally quell the flames of the fire element, restoring calm and clear-headedness as heat and frustration arise. ~ Free Spirit
10. Lime Uplifts and refreshes as it balances emotions and well being, it can aid in alleviating stress, tension and anxiety from a long, exhausting day. It soothes your mind and promotes emotional health as it uplifts your spirits and puts you in a better, optimistic mood. It also seeks to provide much mental clarity and clears your messy mind. Hence, it promotes emotional and mental stability. ~ Tune In
Of all the citrus oils, Mandarin is the sweetest and tends to be the most calming. They are harvested in November just in time for Christmas and an important symbol during Chinese New Year, mandarins represent abundance and happiness. Aromatically, it blends well and is a favorite amoungst children and parents.
It has a strong yet sweet, pleasing, and romantic fragrance. The jasmine flower is often associated with romance and love as this flower blooms in the warmer seasons and only at nighttime as it fills the surroundings with its unmistakable and alluring fragrance.
~ Tropical Summer
Namaste : Amanda