When the summer comes to Cornwall, we spend a LOT of time outside. Quick nights away camping, lazy days on the beach, weekends in the garden - when it's not raining of course ;)
But with more time outdoors, come three niggles that need essential oil help for our family every summer: insect bites, salty dry skin, over exposure to the sun. Here's a few easy recipes that you can make at home to help!
INSECT BITE SOOTHER:
My absolute favourite oils for soothing insect bites are: Niaouli, Tea Tree, Sweet Basil and Lavender and I use all of them in my natural insect bite soothing gel/ mousse. Tea Tree and Lavender are natural antiseptics and speed up the process of skin healing. They're also natural antipruritics (calm down feelings of itchiness). If you've already scratched off the top of the bite these two oils, along with antibacterial Niaouli oil, will aid in the healing process. Sweet Basil was recommended by the english herbalist Nicholas Culpepper back in the 17th for insect bites and snake bites (!) and also soothes the itching and speeds up healing.
To make the Insect Bite Soother BASE:
- 6.5 teaspoons aloe vera natural gel
- 1.5 teaspoon of jojoba oil or olive oil
- 4 drops of Sweet Basil
- 8 drops of Tea Tree
- 4 drops Lavender
- 4 drops Niaouli
Rub onto the affected areas and let the mix air-dry to soothe and calm the skin
Do not use this blend if pregnant - Sweet Basil should be avoided during pregnancy
AFTER-SUN COOLING MOUSSE:
Make a base using the above recipe for Aloe Vera and Jojoba/Olive oil but this time use tablespoons rather than teaspoons to make a larger volume.
- 25 drops of Lavender
- 10 drops of Chamomile (German or Roman)
- 10 drops of Geranium
- 10 drops of Peppermint or Spearmint
- 5 drops of Helichrysum or Yarrow (or if you don't have these add an additional 5 drops of Lavender
Add the above oils into the base that you've made earlier, and massage into your skin where the sun has caused any redness, dryness or soreness. It offers instant cooling and instant healing. Keep applying for a couple of days to keep the skin smooth, especially nice when applied in the evenings. And make sure to keep the factor 30+ to hand. Avoiding sunburn in the first place is the best thing of all!
- 50ml olive oil - a rich emollient. Use organic cold pressed if possible, and avoid using commercial cheap olive oil from the supermarket.
- 25ml macadamia oil - easily absorbed and very good at offering protection from the aging effects of the sun
- 25ml wheatgerm - high in lipid soluble vitamins and really rich, helps diminish any dryness
Mix together well until combined, then add the following essential oils before pouring into a clean and sterilised glass bottle - the body oil will keep for 6 months, in a cool dark place.
- 8 drops of Frankincense oil
- 5 drops Neroli
- 5 drops Geranium
- 2 drops Patchouli
These essential oils are all fantastic skin enhancers and work really well at nourishing dry skin. They also smell incredible together, and are great at soothing nervous exhaustion and helping with relaxation before bed. Win-win!
If you'd like to contact me to ask me any questions about any of the above blends, please feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org