Living in Arizona, I have adapted to high temperatures during the summer months. However, the past few weeks have set some record highs – even by Arizona standards. The topic of lotions came up in various social media posts as many reach for a moisturizing lotion to keep dry skin at bay. In addition, on hot summer days, it is useful to have an invigorating spray around to get you through the afternoon! Here are two aromatherapy recipes I came up with to help with both of those problems.
Beat the Heat! Cooling Aromatherapy Spritzer
This is a simple aromatherapy recipe which you can use to revive yourself from flagging on a hot summer day. The peppermint essential oil is refreshing, cooling, and stimulating; the lemon essential oil is uplifting and refreshing. You will need:
2 oz empty spray bottle (with fitting)
2 oz distilled water
6 drops peppermint (Mentha piperita) essential oil*
12 drops lemon (Citrus limon) essential oil*
*increase/decrease the amount of essential oils as desired; peppermint essential oil has a strong aroma and may dominate the lemon essential oil.
Cautions: lemon essential oil is photo-toxic; do not use prior to going out in sunlight. Do not use peppermint essential oil in pregnancy, or with babies and young children. Be aware of any other contra-indications for use before using essential oils.
How to Use: Simply combine the distilled water with the essential oils in the empty spray bottle; shake vigorously before use. Use as desired.
Beat the Heat! Moisturizing Aromatherapy Lotion
Lotions contain water so are not always as moisturizing as a butter-based whip or cream. I recommend the following simple aromatherapy lotion (which can be adapted for a deeper moisturizing butter-based recipe) to give your skin a moisturizing treat – and to protect it from the harshness of the drying sun:
4 oz empty jar
4 oz unscented white lotion base
21 drops rose geranium distilled mix of essential oils
15 drops patchouli (Pogestemon cablin) essential oil.
Cautions: Make sure you use a true distilled mix of geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) essential oil and rose otto (Rosa damascena) essential oils, and not a synthetic or adulterated substitute.
How to Use: Simply combine the white lotion base with the essential oils in the empty jar; apply as needed.
Learn How to Make Your Own Skincare Products
If you would like to learn how to make your own skincare bases for products such as the lotion recommended above, consider one of the Sedona Aromatherapie Home Study Aromatherapy Courses. The Sedona Aromatherapie Basic Butters, Balms, Creams and Lotions Course is available for home study from just $59.99. To learn more, visit the aromatherapy courses home page.