by Taya Malakian
It is blazing hot outside here in California! The moment I walk out the door the heat is almost suffocating and it feels like there is no escape. There is a major heat wave right now in the Western US, and there are still many more weeks of summer to go! There are several cooling essential oils that I have relied on the past couple days that have kept me surprisingly, comfortable despite the incredibly hot temperatures. Here are the five crucial essential oils that my family depends on throughout the summer months. Everyone should consider having these cooling essential oils in there home to beat the summer heat.
Peppermint oil offers instant cooling relief when inhaled. It is a great addition to your diffuser to cool off any inside space. Another cooling application is to make a cool foot bath with peppermint bath salts (see recipe below). Dilute peppermint oil into aloe vera gel and put a small amount on the temples or back of the neck for cooling relief.
Vetiver Essential Oil makes a wonderful perfume oil during the summer months. Vetiver’s rich, rooty properties deeply cools the body down and grounds heated emotions. It has been used in the deserts of India for many years for this purpose. Rubbing vetiver essential oil into the soles of the feet or forehead can cool the body quickly.
Sandalwood oil is also cooling and renowned to have a calming effect on the mind and nerves. This is a powerful tool when tempers flare as the temperatures soar. Applying a drop to the top of the head, the temples and pulse points will surround you with a calming fragrance that will have a uplifting effect on everyone that you encounter. Add a couple drops of sandalwood oil to a bowl of cool water, immerse a washcloth in this water and place it on the back of the neck, over the face or anywhere the skin is hot and overheated to refresh to mind and body.
Lavender oil is a crucial oil year round–for summer it offers calm and cooling for our nerves but it also cools the skin and physical body. Getting sunburned during a heat wave is very problematic since it is harder to keep the body cool. Using lavender oil in aloe vera gel can cool a sunburn quickly. Cool Lavender baths and chilled lavender compress are helpful practices when the heat is overwhelming or when headaches arise due to excess heat. Lavender essential oil is another great oil to diffuse in your home to create a cooler environment to retreat from the heat. A drop of lavender essential oil massaged into the temples and back of the neck can alleviate discomfort and tension.
Clary sage oil is a cooling oil that is my go to oil for headaches and tension. In summer it is helpful to cool heated emotions and offer relief from the dull headaches that come with hot afternoons. Clary sage oil is another great oil to use in foot baths. Clary sage essential oil combines well with lavender essential oil for massage, baths or diffusing. It is also the perfect oil for women that tend to overheat at night. A drop of clary sage on your pillow or a few drops in the diffuser will keep you comfortable while you sleep. Avoid topical use of clary sage when pregnant.
Essential Oil Summer Foot Bath Recipe
1 cup sea salt
10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
3 drops Clary Sage Essential Oil
Mix the essential oils into sea salt. Add 1-2 tablespoons of bath salts to foot bath bowl or basin. Soak feet for up to 30 minutes.
Remember to use essential oils to stay comfortable and healthy during the heat waves of summer. These fragrant aromatic oils will keep you smelling wonderful even during record heat.