Let’s face it: It gets really hot in the United States in the summer. The average daily temperature in New York City is 89 degrees Fahrenheit and can get up to 140 degrees in your car! Fortunately, relief is on the way with the use of Young Living’s therapeutic-grade, pure essential oils. Although many oils can be found at your local health-food store, keep in mind that the quality and purity of essential oils play a huge role in their effectiveness and safety.
Use unadulterated essential oils and spend the time to research and educate yourself. If you read the labels carefully, most commercial-brand bottles will say “100% pure,” but they will also say “not for internal consumption or to be used directly on the skin.” However, Young Living essential oils are therapeutic grade and many of them are intended for internal use.
Peppermint and Lavender
Because both peppermint and lavender are versatile essential oils, no home should be without them. Lavender is an adaptogen and, therefore, can assist the body when adapting to stress. Peppermint is a natural tension reliever.
To help you cool off this summer, simply put a drop of peppermint on the back of your neck and the bottoms of your feet. If you have sensitive skin, dilute essential oils in a small amount of carrier oil, like almond oil or olive oil, and apply. You can also place a drop of either oil on a cool, moist cloth and hold at the back of your neck.
To give your car a refreshing sense of coolness, diffuse peppermint by simply putting a few drops on a cotton ball or tissue and place it in the air vent of your dashboard. The scent will help uplift you and may help you feel more alert. Using lavender in your car will help ease the stress of traffic, and both oils may help you concentrate better on driving.
Adding peppermint to your drinking water is another great way to cool your body temperature. To evenly blend the peppermint, put one to two drops of peppermint in a teaspoon of honey or agave then add the mixture to water. Remember to always use a glass or ceramic container, since essential oils are very potent and will literally eat away at the plastic containers we drink from.
As the temperatures rise, most homes become a refuge for ants. Put a few drops of peppermint in their tracks to send them back outside. You’ll have no need for toxic pesticides! For mosquito bites, peppermint and lavender applied directly to the bite may help reduce minor itching.
So when you are melting from the summer heat and the mosquitoes have chosen you for that day’s meal, remember these tips for relief.
-Tracy Griffiths, RPP, RPE
Tracy Griffiths is a Registered Polarity Practitioner and Registered Polarity Educator. Tracy directs of the Life Energy Institute/Grace Aroma Wellness, which offers continuing education for nurses in California, acupuncturists, and massage therapists nationally. Tracy teaches the essential oil component of the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program and is also the author of Aroma Yoga®: How to Use Essential Oils in Your Yoga Practice. Visit www.aromayogaguide.com for Tracy’s upcoming classes and workshops.
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