In Summer, the need for extra moisture in loc care increases and this is especially the time when I carry around a little spritz bottle in my bag to use when needed. It's so much fun experimenting with different recipes - I usually like to keep it simple with water and a couple of drops of an essential oil and maybe a little aloevera if I feel like it. This is also the time of year where I love using fruity and uplifting essential oils for my spritz bottle, whereas in Winter I tend to go for essential oils that have a much "deeper" note to them (like Sandalwood, Frankincense, etc). As well as smelling good, a lot of the time I tend to forget how beneficial and powerful essential oils can be in affecting our moods and in enhancing our health with their many properties. (Read about essential oils and aromatherapy, including the safety aspects of using them here).
Here are a list of yummy essential oils that I use in Spring/Summer...
Lemongrass Essential Oil - My happy oil!
I love how cheerful this oil makes me feel. For anytime and any place!
Properties: Analgesic, anti depressant, anti microbial, anti pyretic, anti septic, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicidal, galactogogue, insecticidal, nervine, sedative, tonic.
Health Benefits: Reduces pain, fights depression, inhibits microbial growth, reduces high fever, protects wounds from being septic, strengthens gums and hair and stops haemorrhage, kills bacteria, removes gases, drives away body odour, promotes urination, reduces fever, stops fungal infections, increases milk, kills insects, strengthens nerves, sedates inflammations and nervous disturbances, tones up whole body.
Vanilla Essential Oil - Sensual, sexy Goddess power!
This oil feels ooooooh so feminine and delicious.
Properties: Anti oxidant, aphrodisiac, anti carcinogenic, febrifuge, anti depressant, sedative, tranquilizing, relaxing
Health Benefits: Neutralizes effects of free radicals & oxidants and repairs damages due to oxidation, enhances libido & promotes arousal, inhibits growth of cancerous cells, reduces fever, fights depression & uplifts mood, sedates inflammation & nervous afflictions, promotes sleep, gives relief from anxiety & stress.
Peppermint Essential Oil - Fresh and ready to take on anything in my day!
I am NOT a morning person, but this oil gets me feeling confident and ready set to be progressive in my day.
Properties: Analgesic, anesthetic, anti septic, anti galactogogue, anti phlogistic, anti spasmodic, astringent, carminative, cephalic, cholagogue, cordial, decongestant, emenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, hepatic, nervine, stimulant, stomachic, sudorific, vasoconstrictor and vermifuge
Health Benefits: Pain relief, induce numbness, protects from septic, reduces milk flow, reduces discharges, relaxes spasm, strengthens gums, stops hair fall, lifts skin, induce firmness in muscles, stops haemorrhage, removes gas, good for brain & memory, promotes bile discharge, warming, clears congestion & eases breathing, opens obstructed menstruations, expells phlegm & catarrh, reduces fever, good for liver, good for nerves, stimulates, good for stomach, promotes perspiration, contracts blood vessels, kills worms.
Orange Essential Oil - Bringing out my creative chakra energy!
Fruity and inspiring, this oil makes me feel super creative and bold.
Properties: Anti inflammatory, anti depressant, anti spasmodic, anti septic, aphrodisiac, carminative, diuretic, tonic, sedative and cholagogue
Health Benefits: Soothes inflammations, fights depressions & uplifts mood, protects against septic, enhances libido & cures sexual disorders, gives relief from gas, increases urination and removes toxins, tones up health & immune system, sedates emotional & nervous disturbances, increases discharges & secretions from glands