Essential oils to keep the heat away
Recently new records have been set as temperatures topped 40 degrees Celsius across much of Europe. At the same time, hotter, longer and more widespread heat waves also scorch China. However, we should not let the fear of the heat keep you indoors this summer. Let us share a list of essential oils that you will help you beat the heat.
Keeping yourself hydrated, relying on cooling foods and limiting sun exposure are the standard methods of combating the heatwave. Here, we share with you, a list of essential oils that will keep your body cool.
This oil is an effective cooling agent. Eucalyptus acts as a nice alternative or complement to Peppermint and Spearmint oils in cooling blends. It has an ability to provide a cooling sensation. You can use this oil in a diffuser or spray it on your body and bed linens before dozing off. You can also mix a few drops of it with the water of your bathing tub. The calming smell will open up your airways and give a cooling effect to your body.
Exposure to heat wave will deplete you of your energy levels. The refreshing fragrance of peppermint oil will keep your energy levels intact. Moreover, it comes with methanol, a compound that brings about a cooling sensation. You can pour a few drops of this essential oil in your body lotion and dab it on your hands, palm, neck legs and feet. Make this a part of your bedtime routine during summer.
Lavender is famous for innumerable benefits and applications. That is why it is a regular in every spa menu and the favourite of aromatherapists. The cooling effect of lavender oil brings down your body temperature. It also relieves your sluggish feeling and headache that scorching heat gives you. This essential oil can also soothe your sun burn. You can rub it on your palms, apply it on your temples or mix it with your bathing water. It also goes well with peppermint, spearmint and eucalyptus.
You can mix this essential oil with your lotion. If you find peppermint to be a little stronger than you want, spearmint oil can be a good alternative. Its muted, fruity fragrance will give you the same cooling effect as peppermint. You can apply it raw on those parts of the body that are exposed to sun. Mixing this oil with your body lotion is also a good option.
Skin inflammation is one of the unavoidable consequences of the sweltering heat that we experience during the summer days. Vetiver oil protects us against this. Due to its extraordinary cooling properties this oil is known as ‘tranquility oil’. You can add it to your skincare regime, use it in your diffuser or make it your bath-buddy too. You can mix it with lavender oil and Epsom salt and pour the mixture in your bathtub.
This oil can be particularly helpful for beating the heat. Sandalwood appears to have a calming and cooling effect on the skin. Moreover, the earthy, woody fragrance of this oil soothes your nervous system as well. You can apply sandalwood oil topically on your body.
Source: The health site
DIY Cooling Spray
1 small, dark spray bottle
50ml distilled water
8-10 drops of essential oil
*Shake well before use
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