Summer is almost here, and with it comes
more time to spend in the great outdoors. Unfortunately, more time
outdoors means we are more prone to insect bites, sunburn, and muscle
aches from the extra activity.
Essential oils are a natural way to
relieve the common ailments that most of us experience during the summer
months. So, to get you started, we have prepared a list of our favorite
"must haves" for your summer first aid kit.
Start with the basics - a clean cloth
that can be used for hot and cold compresses, or to clean the area
prior to treatment, bandaids, a carrier oil, and some aloe vera gel
to quickly soothe those barbeque burns, or tender sundrenched skin.
As many of the popular essential oils
have a variety of healing properties, we need only recommend three
for you to include in your kit.
The first is Tea Tree. Tea Tree oil
is antifungal and antiseptic, and this makes it great for conditions
like burns, athletes foot, cuts and scrapes, and itching insect bites.
Tea tree can be applied neat - which means it doesn't require a carrier
oil - ensuring ease of use.
Like Tea Tree, Lavender oil can also
be used on its own. This fact, along with its range of uses make it
another of our "must have" essential oils. Lavender oil can be used
to combat allergies, bruises, burns, headaches, insect bites, muscle
aches and sunburn.
Third on our list is Geranium. It is
also antiseptic and antifungal, making it a good choice for cuts, sores,
and fungal infections. As well, geranium oil is reputed to have a lessening
effect on the appearance of cellulite - being swimsuit season, this
seems a definite property of general interest!
Keeping those pesky insects at bay is
another matter. Two essential oils excellent for use as insect repellants
are clove and peppermint. Simply mix a few drops of either of these
oils with a carrier, and apply to exposed skin.
If you would like further information
on the oils we have suggested, or how to use them to treat the conditions
listed above, please visit the links below, and make the most of your
summer, the natural way!
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