Are you enjoying this summer? The bright sunny atmosphere is surely a siren call to head outdoors, dive into the beach, and relax until your heart’s content. So, our guess is that you are already occupied with a long list of summer activities, especially considering how the pandemic kept us indoors in the past several months.
Summer is the ideal season to relax, de-stress, and refresh your mind, body, and soul. Adding some great essential oils to your self-care routine can help you enjoy this glorious summer even better!
Why Essential Oils?
The rich fragrance of essential oils is not just a nice-to-have in your home or office. Their aromas are loaded with health benefits. During summer, the use of essential oils is a great way to maintain fresh air and cool your body. They are also a natural way to repel insects, keep your skin fresh and hydrated, and uplift your mood!
Here are some best essential oils to enjoy summer better and handy tips to help you get started on aromatherapy.
Hailing from the mint family, peppermint is an herb renowned for its rejuvenating properties. Peppermint essential oil has a strong smell, so diffusing a few drops can make a big difference. It combats bad odour to provide a refreshing breathing experience for your family during summer. Its minty aroma can improve your mood and make you feel energised. Inhaling the oil can stimulate your senses and relieve anxiety.
Summer is a season when people spend a great deal of time outdoors. Peppermint is a cooling oil for the body and you can apply it to skin. It can relieve headaches, muscle fatigue and make you feel relaxed. It can soothe irritation and inflammation due to sunburns. Before application, dilute it with almond or jojoba oil by adding 1 drop for every 30 ml of carrier oil. Apply the oil to the nape of your neck, forehead, shoulders, and even hands using a cotton ball. To keep you feeling fresh throughout the day, prepare a body mist by combining 3 drops of peppermint oil with 10ml of fractionated coconut oil and add it to 100ml of distilled water.
The all-rounder of essential oils! Lavender’s pleasant and calming smell is perfect for detoxing your mind. Its antidepressant and anti-inflammatory properties make it a great addition to your summer routine. Lavender essential oil nz is highly versatile and beneficial for many problems we face during summer.
Adding a few drops to your favourite essential oil diffuser can keep pesky bugs and insects away. We recommend you use our Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser NZ as it’s ideal for large spaces.
Lavender is one of the best essential oils for anxiety and sleep disorders. Diffuse in your bedroom or sprinkle some drops on your pillow. The scorching sun can also easily be a cause of headaches. But, inhaling lavender oil can relieve it to some extent and calm your mind.
You can also dilute a few drops and apply them to sunburns, insect bites, and itches. Dilute 3 drops with 10ml of carrier oil. As lavender oil is mild, you can even directly apply it to your skin using a cotton ball. But remember to do a patch test before.
Who can survive summer without lemons to keep you company? Lemon essential oil is not just refreshing to smell and enjoy. It is also a purifying agent that can provide us with a clean and hygienic space to breathe.
During summer, the warm weather can easily be a cause of bad odour. This is because heat gives a boost to odour-causing bacteria. The chances of dirt and dust accumulating in your house are also high. It all gets worse when your family comes home sweaty after a long day outdoors.
Diffusing a few drops of lemon essential oil nz can help in maintaining a clean, citrusy, and welcoming smell. It deodorises and purifies the air, giving annoyed noses much-needed fresh breath. If you haven’t tried it before, use it and experience the difference. Add 3-4 drops per 100ml of water and use a good diffuser nz for best results!
Lemon essential oil is also popular for skincare, treating issues like sunburns, scars, and wounds like a pro! Always dilute it before application by adding no more than 1 drop per 30ml of carrier oil. It’s a must-have for a busy summer household as it helps you tackle many things.
Grapefruit is another uplifting essential oil for summer. A bit stronger than its other citrusy counterparts, grapefruit can make your space calming and energising at the same time. It’s great to fight off lethargy and make you feel cheerful.
Your skin can easily lose moisture and appear dry in summer. The solution is to keep yourself hydrated with the right products! Grapefruit is one of the best essential oils for summer skin. It does wonders in promoting healthy skin, and there are so many ways in which you can add it to your daily routine. You can add a drop or two to your regular cleanser, scrub, or lotion for smooth-looking, hydrated skin. You can even mix it with coconut oil and massage it onto your skin. Dilute 1 drop per 30ml of oil.
Besides being a skincare superstar, grapefruit essential oil also contributes to alleviating hypertension, improving focus, and alleviating stress. You can add some drops to your essential oil diffuser nz, inhale the calming aroma, and feel yourself relax. The rich scent will make your room feel like a spa! Just 3-4 drops per 100ml of water should be sufficient.
Similar to lavender but with more potent properties, Lavandin is a hybrid of lavender varieties. The aroma is stronger than English lavender, and a couple of drops to your diffuser nz can keep your home smelling pleasant throughout the day. The strong scent also does a better job of keeping insects and bugs away. Imagine yourself sipping a chilled drink, inhaling this amazing floral scent without the worry of mosquito bites!
Lavandin essential oil nz also brings impressive health benefits. It can promote overall wellbeing as its aroma calms your senses, relieves anxiety, and helps you sleep better. So, if you are looking for essential oils for sleep disorders, here’s a natural remedy to try. Take a whiff or sprinkle a couple of drops to your pillows for a relaxing sensation.
If you have sensitive skin, you would be dreading the summer heat. But lavandin can help relieve itchy skin, eczema, and sunburns. Just remember to dilute it before applying to your skin or adding it to your bath. Add 3 drops for every 30ml of carrier oil.
Our lavandin essential oil is sourced from New Zealand, and there’s no doubt you will love it. As it’s a bit stronger, do a patch test before applying to your skin.
The beautiful floral scent of geranium is easily addictive. If you add 7-8 drops of geranium essential oil to our big Radiance Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser NZ, your house will have a pleasant fragrance of a flower garden!
Aromatically, geranium offers a very calming sensation and has antidepressant properties. It’s good to relieve fatigue and pressure. Summer is a busy season, so inhaling the oil can put your tired self at ease and help you relax better.
It also has antiseptic properties so if you experience any sunburns or itching due to hot sun, apply it on the spot. Dilute 3 drops of geranium essential oil with 10ml of carrier oil and mix it with 100ml of distilled water. Using it as a body mist can keep insects away, too! You can also add a few drops to hot water and enjoy a good facial steam.
But that’s not only why it’s one of our favourite summer essential oils nz. If your hair generally turns frizzy because of humidity in summer, the geranium essential oil will definitely be a game-changer. Dilute it by adding 2 drops to every 30ml of carrier oil and apply to your hair from root to tips. You can also add it to your shampoo and conditioner.
The sweet, fruity, and citrusy essence of orange makes it one of the best companions of summer. The wafting smell of sweet orange essential oil nz can uplift your spirits and give you an energetic feel to enjoy the sunny vibe of the season. Like lemon, it also contributes to purifying the air. This intense smell of orange peel is something that both kids and adults would love. Around 3-4 drops per 100ml of water to your essential oil diffuser nz should do the job!
Vitamin C in sweet orange promotes bright and glowing skin. You can add some drops to your skin soap, lotion, or moisturiser. Summer heat can also make your face oily, leading to breakouts. Sweet orange balances oily skin effectively and controls acne with its anti-inflammatory properties.
Sweet orange essential oil nz is another great ingredient to treat tension, stress, and anxiety. You can also inhale it to relieve nasal congestion. Put some drops onto a cotton ball, and inhale it to treat your senses with a warm and relaxing feel. Otherwise, mix some drops with 15ml of carrier oil, add it to a warm bath and enjoy! As always, do a patch test to make sure you are not allergic to it.
Practising aromatherapy with the right summer essential oils can help you enjoy a great holiday with your family and friends. Here are some great tips on how you can optimise the use of essential oils.
• Diffuse a combination of essential oils together!
A blend of your favourite aromas can give you a unique experience. Here are a couple of summer essential oil blend recipes.
If you love citrusy fragrances, you can blend lemon, sweet orange, and grapefruit essential oils together. It will bring a lively feel to your mind and body, letting you embrace the glorious summer days with more enthusiasm. Diffuse 2 drops of lemon, 2 drops of sweet orange, and 1 drop of grapefruit essential oil with 100 ml of water.
For a fresh blast of fragrance, combine peppermint, lemon, lavandin, and geranium together. While giving a pleasant aroma, the blend will keep bad odour at bay, making your house feel clean and welcoming - perfect for busy homes in summer. Diffuse 2 drops of peppermint, 3 drops of lemon, 2 drops of lavandin, and 2 drops of geranium with 200ml of water.
You can also go ahead and make your own favourite blend, experiment with aromas, and find out what you love best!
• Prepare your own insect-repellent spray
Bugs and insects are a common problem during summer. We mentioned how essential oils can help you with it. You can combine them and prepare a spray for better results. Make your own DIY insect-repellent spray using lavandin and geranium! Mix 3 drops each with 10ml of fractionated coconut oil and add it to 100ml of distilled water to prepare the spray. You can spray it for the surrounding area and even on to your skin. Don’t let insects ruin your happy hours outside!
• Invest in a good diffuser
Yes. Your aromatherapy experience greatly depends on the quality of your diffuser. So, if you are starting out, one of the first things would be to invest in a good diffuser nz that meets your requirements.
If you are looking for a diffuser ideal for large spaces or open environments, go for a capacity of 300ml or above. For example, this Light Mountain Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser NZ covers up to 40 square metres and can operate for 12 hours. It's perfect for parties or gatherings!
For a diffuser that’s ideal for bedrooms or small living rooms, the Light or Dark Acorn Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser NZ of 200ml capacity is great. But, there’s a whole range of water-based and waterless diffusers. You can check them out here!
• Create a relaxing space
Aromatherapy is proven to help you sleep well. As we said above, lavender or lavandin are great choices. You can diffuse lavandin essential oil nz, sprinkle some drops on the bed, or apply it on the skin for relaxation before the bed time.
But, essential oils alone won’t do the magic. During summer, the days are long, and you need to enjoy the night's sleep well. The first step would be to create a space for it. Comfortable bedding, dim lighting, and a quiet environment also matter here. You can also start on a stress-relieving, mind soothing essential oil blend. Add 2 drops of lavandin, 2 drops of grapefruit, and 2 drops of sweet orange per 200ml of water to your diffuser.
Looking for the best place to buy your favourite summer essential oils in New Zealand? We have got you covered. We offer an extensive range of essential oils nz and diffusers to help you benefit from aromatherapy. You can also purchase sets of essential oils that work well together for relieving stress, headaches, asthma, cold-flu, congestion, anxiety, and other common health issues. Browse our store and grab your favourite products today!
*Using essential oils may cause skin sensitivity. Always do a patch test prior to using. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician first. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. If you use essential oils made from citrus fruits, avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 24 hours after applying the oils.