Natural oils are used for a variety of things, from cleaning the house to reducing stress. They’re especially useful in the summertime. They can keep you cool in the summer heat, they can help you heal from bug bites, and they can help you reduce the damage of sunburn and chlorine. This summer try these nine natural oils for your own protection.
- Witch hazel
- Almond oil
- Avocado oil
- Peppermint oil
- Eucalyptus oil
- Lavender oil
- Coconut oil
- Chamomile oil
- Sunburn. There are mindful ways to protect your skin from the sun, but if you do get sunburned you can use essential oils to heal your skin. Essential oils from helichrysums are said to have anti-inflammation properties and it can help promote healing after burns. The essential oil of witch hazel can also help with inflammation and keep the skin from peeling.
- Chlorine-damage. Chlorine is important for keeping swimming pools clean, but swimming in it for too long can harm your skin. The chlorine dries out your skin, stripping away the natural oils and causing irritations. After you get out of the pool, it’s important to nourish your skin. Use sweet almond oil to soften irritated skin. You can also use avocado oil to moisturize your skin.
- Heat exhaustion. This year record heat waves have hit Arizona, Nevada, and California, so heat exhaustion is a real threat to many of our communities. To beat heat exhaustion, stay hydrated and keep out of the sun. You can also cool down with peppermint oil. Create your own refreshing mist with a water bottle filled with chilled water and drops of peppermint oil. Don’t like the smell of peppermint? You can also try using the eucalyptus oil, which has cooling properties as well.
- Bug bites. If you spend a lot of time outdoors you’re more likely to get bitten or stung by bugs. Mosquitoes, bees, ticks, and fire ants are just some of the insects you should be wary of. If you do get bitten or stung you can use essential or natural oils to help relieve the pain and inflammation. For instance, lavender oil and coconut oil can help with insect bites—the lavender can disinfect and the coconut is great for soothing irritated skin. You can also use chamomile oil to reduce inflammation.
As always, be sure to talk to your doctor before using natural treatments. Your doctor can give you personalized advice based on your health history.