The hot summer air, the sunburn, the 'hot flashes' , there are so many things that make you feel hot and uncomfortable. What better than to spritz yourself or the air, to help relieve the uncomfortable feeling from being too warm.
Many essential oils can be used in a spray bottle to help cool you down, whether it be from the air temperatures or your inner fire (for those women approaching or in menopause) or to cool down that fiery sunburn. Children especially like to get spritzed!!
Make a spray that would just be cooling and refreshing for times when you wanted to cool off and I’ve found that it also works really well for helping take the “itch” out of bug bites and the burn out of sunburn.
A very simple and pleasant Cooling spray is:
1 cup distilled water
Spritz to help you cool down. Spray on arms, and legs.
Due to the Peppermint do not spray on face. If you wish to use this mixture near the face, dampen a cloth and lightly apply to the face.
To sooth summer sunburn - Add 20 drops of Lavender to 1-ounce water. Spray on affected areas as needed.
Adding some of the above-mentioned essential oils to distilled water and spraying will help you to feel cool. The same rule of thumb applies to sprays. A little essential oil can go a long way. Do not add more than a drop or two of Peppermint to any spray as it feels cool in small amounts but can feel very warm if too much is added.
Do not add more than 6 drops of essential oil to 2 ounces of water. Shake well before each spraying. Use plastic spray bottles to mix your sprays in as essential oils can deteriorate other types of plastic.
Here is another recipe:
This spray uses only three natural ingredients that are beneficial to the skin:
1. Aloe Vera– Aloe is naturally anti-inflammatory and great for skin. It is moisturizing without being oily and is perfect for those with normal or slightly oily skin. Rich in nutrients and antioxidants, it is often used in anti-aging skin products as well.
2. Witch Hazel – for its uses in skin care and natural remedies. It is slightly antiseptic, which makes it cooling and great for skin. In fact, it is often used to remove excess oil and fight blemishes and blackheads. Its ability to shrink blood vessels and reduce inflammation is what makes it beneficial for hemorrhoids and also for cooling the body.
3. Peppermint Essential oil (and optional lavender)- The witch hazel alone can be cooling, but the peppermint adds extra cooling power.
Cooling Spray Ingredients
1/4 cup aloe vera gel
1/4 cup witch hazel
2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil
10 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)
Cooling Spray Instructions
Combine all ingredients in a glass spray bottle.
Shake or stir until well mixed and blended.
Spray as needed to help cool off in the summer or on bug bites or sunburn.
Witch hazel and the peppermint essential oil are both naturally cooling and very refreshing. Try these refreshing techniques mentioned above and have a cool summer.