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Essential Oils for Summer
The warmer summertime months are the perfect time to diffuse and blend with light, energizing, herbaceous, floral, and cooling essential oils. Oils from the mint, citrus and floral families are especially nice during summer.
Below is a list of essential oils chosen with summertime use in mind. This is a highly subjective list. For instance, I grow patchouli in the summertime, and tend to enjoy the aroma of patchouli all year round. I also love to include Ginger Essential Oil in summertime blends, but it is a warming essential oil. You may want to skim through the list of 110 oils contained in AromaWeb's Essential Oil Profiles area to see if there are additional essential oils that you personally like for Summer.
I have included a few spicy essential oils like Ginger. Spicy essential oils are strong and quite warming. A little goes a long way with the spice oils. They shouldn't be heavily diffused into a room as they can irritate the mucous membranes. It's best to blend stronger spice oils into more gentle oils like Sweet Orange Essential Oil (see the Blending Spice Oils section below).
Below are several example summertime diffuser blends. Create the blends by adding the proper amount of essential oils to a dark-colored glass bottle. Add the appropriate number of drops from your created blend to your diffuser following the manufacturers instructions.
Be sure and familiarize yourself using reputable sources for the safety and contraindications of all oils you choose to use. Make the smallest possible blend first to make sure you like the blend before doubling, tripling, etc. the recipe.
Please be responsible to find out the specific safety precautions and contraindications of the oils in the blends you choose to use.
The above blends are only several of an infinite possiblity of combinations.
Citrus oils, especially Sweet Orange Essential Oil is an inexpensive essential oil to include in diffuser blends all year round. See AromaWeb's Citrus Essential Oil article for descriptions of summery citrus essential oils.
A number of essential oils also act as natural
insect repellents. These oils include Citronella, Catnip, Lavender,
Lemongrass and Eucalyptus. For a natural insect repellent recipe
that uses commonly available essential oils, refer to AromaWeb's
Aromatherapy Insect Repellent
Mint oils, especially Peppermint Essential Oil and spice essential oils like Ginger Essential Oil can be quite strong. When I create a seasonal essential oil diffuser blend, I typically start with a single essential oil that I particularly enjoy and then complement it by adding spice oils in low proportion.
My focus within this article is in selecting oils for diffusion. When creating blends and topical products that you apply to your skin, remember that many of the spice oils can cause skin irritation and should be used as incredibly low dilutions, if at all.
Important Notes: The essential oil information provided within the Essential Oil Properties & Profiles area is intended for educational purposes only. This data is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate. The oil photos are intended to represent the typical and approximate color of each essential oil. However, oil color can vary based on harvesting, distillation and other factors. Profiles for several absolutes are included within the directory, and are denoted as such.
General Safety Information: Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. A skin patch test should be conducted prior to using an oil that you've never used before. Instructions on conducting a skin patch test and more safety information can be found by visiting the Safety Information page. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.
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