It’s summer and it’s time to play. The sun calls you outside and you can’t resist its siren song. But before going out, try these skin-friendly Aromatherapy tips to protect yourself so you can still call the sun your friend.
The first line of defense for your skin is hydration. Drinking ample amounts of water is beneficial – try infusing fruit or veggie slices in a glass of H2O for a decadent treat. You can also care for your skin from the outside. Applying body lotion or oil is always welcome after a long day in the sun, but adding a few drops of Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) or Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) essential oil first will help to nourish the skin.
If your time in the sun went overlong, or you missed a bit of skin when applying sunscreen, then cool that burn with an herbal remedy. You can use a hydrosol, such as Rose (Rosa damascena) or Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), or try this soothing recipe from Mighty Leaf Tea:
“Make iced tea using a cooling blend, like Organic Mint Melange. Steep two tea bags in 1 cup of boiling water. After 5 minutes, remove the tea bags and place in the freezer until cold to the touch. Once the pouches have cooled, remove them from the freezer … and place the cold tea pouches on sunburned areas.”
An area of the body that is often overlooked is the feet, but running around on a summer’s day can take its toll on them. When they get hot and moist you can give them relief by using a foot powder on your feet and toes. Adding it to your shoes can help, too. Sprinkling this blend from Mother Earth Living on your feet can dry them and help keep away fungus:
Gardener’s Foot Powder
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup baking soda
10 drops each lavender and tea tree oils
Put cornstarch and baking soda in a jar; add essential oils and stir.
We waited what seemed like a long time for the sun to show up, so go out there and enjoy it.