Cool Aromatherapy to Beat the Heat

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Despite the fall sales, the searing temperatures say that summer isn’t over yet. There are still many days to be spent outside, but sometimes the heat can slow you down. If you are seeking a way to be cooled and refreshed – look no further. Aromatherapy has cooling oils to help beat the heat.

When I think of lime and summer my minds drifts to an icy mojito, but the essential oil is perfect for hot summer days, too. Lime (Citrus aurantifolia) is energizing and euphoric while also easing worry and digestive distress.

Another plant that is good in summertime drinks is Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) but it also produces a heat-reducing essential oil. The oil has a component that offers an instant cooling sensation when inhaled or applied. You can freshen and revitalize the air and relieve a headache by diffusing peppermint.

Lavender (Lavandula officinalis) is an essential oil that offers a seemingly endless list of healing properties, but it is especially good to use in the summer. It calms and cools our nerves as it also cools our skin. Using lavender in a cool bath or chilled compress can help when the heat is overwhelming or if you develop a heat headache.
These essential oils combine well for cooling aromatherapy, such as in the recipes below:

Summer Foot Bath
1 cup sea salt
9 drops Lavender (Lavandula officinalis) essential oil
7 drops Lime (Citrus aurantifolia) essential oil
5 drops Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) essential oil
Mix essential oils into sea salt. Add 1-2 TBS to a bowl filled with tepid water and soak feet.

Headache Relief
5 drops Lavender (Lavandula officinalis) essential oil
2 drop Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) essential oil
Mix essential oils in a small, dark bottle. Sniff when you feel a headache coming on. For a bit of indulgence, add 1 drop of rose (Rosa damascena) essential oil.

How do you beat summer heat?