Ashley’s Tue. Scents
Wow, I feel like I say this every month but I literally cannot believe it’s already April! Summer is rapidly approaching!
When you have 3 boys you pretty much live outside in the summer! From fishing to campouts to sports or just exploring all of God’s goodness we are always playing in the sun, the dirt, or the water so this momma better be prepared. Today I wanted to share some of my favorite summer products and DIY recipes.
Since we are in it every single day, lets’ start with the sun! Not sure about you but the more I read about sunscreen the more I want to steer clear of it. Toxic chemicals that increase risk for cancer, possible changes in hormones and more, I just don’t want to have anything to do with that for my family or me. If you are a researcher and want to read more, here you go. http://www.ewg.org/2015sunscreen/report/the-trouble-with-sunscreen-chemicals/
So you can go with as simple or complex as you want with your recipes. Carrot seed EO alone has a SPF of 38-40, which is why it is often used in natural sun protection recipes. I’ve tried using just coconut oil with YL Carrot Seed oil. It worked great but I did not love the “carroty” smell. Here’s a simple recipe with Lavender added for skin and it’s a little better smelling.
Easy Greasy Sun Protection Recipe
Small glass container with lid
2 oz Coconut Oil
20 drops YL Carrot Seed
10 drops YL Lavender
I have a deep love for YL’s Lavender Hand & Body Lotion so when I heard the idea to mix YL Lavender, YL Carrot Seed, a little bit of raspberry seed oil in about ¼ of the bottle of YL’s Lavender Hand & Body Lotion I had to give it a try. It was easy and more like a “sunscreen” feel. To see another recipe for great sun protection click here. I think I may also try this one this year!
After Sun Skin Care:
My first amazing experience with essential oils was when I burned my neck with my curling iron, ouch! I remembered a story a friend had shared about a chemical burn on her little boys face and she used lavender. I quickly went and got Lavender out of my newly purchased kit and applied it to the burn. Wow! It instantly took away the sting and calmed by skin. I was then and am still constantly amazed by these wonderful oils. Since then Lavender has come to my rescue so many times with all my boys. Lavender is perhaps one of the most highly recommended oils for burns whether from fire or the sun. Here’s a great recipe for after being out in the sun. You can leave out peppermint if it is too intense for you; otherwise enjoy the coolness it brings to your skin.
After Sun Spray
½ C witch hazel
2 T aloe vera gel
10 drops YL Lavender
10 drops YL peppermint
4 oz spray bottle
I don’t know about you but I love summertime but sure do not enjoy all the bugs it brings along. Mosquitoes, Spiders & Ticks oh my! I hate them all!
Here are some great recipes for those little buggers!
No More Mosquito Spray:
BPA free spray bottle
2 C water
5 drops YL Lemon EO
10 drops YL Basil EO
20 drops YL Citronella EO
Mix together and spray on and around you.
Ticks Hate Me Spray:
20 drops YL Lemongrass EO
20 drops YL Eucalyptus EO
4 oz water
Spray bottle & shake well
(Spray on shoes socks and pant cuffs)
Helpful tip: If you get a tick bite, place a drop of any of the following (Palo Santo, peppermint, Cinnamon bark, tea tree, thyme, oregano,) and wait for the tick to release. After it is removed any of the oils listed above plus thieves or clove are beneficial as they are immune stimulating.
Oops, I did it again First Aid Spray
2 oz water
5 drops YL Frankincense
5 drops YL Lavender
2 Oz Neutral Spirits
20 drops YL Melrose
5 drops YL Copaiba
Combine in 4 oz spray bottle and apply to wounds as needed to cleanse and protect.
I like to apply Animal Scents ointment over spray as well.
Swimmer, Diver and Puddle Jumper Ears
1 Oz apple Cider Vinegar
1 drop YL Lavender EO
1 oz distilled water
1 drop YL Tea Tree EO
Combine ingredients in 2 oz glass bottle with dropper. Apply 1 dropper full to ear with head tilted, allow solution to move past blockage, once you “feel” this, tilt head to other side and let the fluid drain. Repeat with other ear.
Combine 1 drop each: Hyssop EO, Idaho Tansy EO, Lavender EO, Tea Tree EO onto a cotton ball and place cotton ball in ear. Let sit 30-60 minutes.
Massage 2 drops each Lavender EO, Copaiba EO, and olive oil around ear.
Seek Medical attention if pain continues past 24 hours.
Especially after those long summer days outside we LOVE Young Living’s KidScents line. We use the shampoo, bath gel, lotion and toothpaste! They work great and I feel so good about using them for my boys!
We come in contact with toxins wherever we go all year around; from the air we breathe to the food we eat and the pools we swim in etc. About a year ago I read an article about benefits of a detox bath and we’ve been doing them ever since. It’s one of the first things we try if one of us starts to feel under the weather but even when we are perfectly healthy we try to take one about every two weeks or so. Here’s a great website on the benefits of it and how to do it. http://healthylivinghowto.com/1/post/2012/01/detoxification-part-i-healing-waters.html
I also like this one for a recipe for my kiddos
My Basic Detox bath:
Add ¼- ½ C baking soda as you are filling up the bath with water. Mix together 1.5-2 C dead sea salt or Epsom salt with about 7-10 drops of chosen essential oils and 1-tablespoon coconut oil. (Good ideas to try are Lavender, Lemon, Thieves, RC, Purification or whatever you want to try) Sprinkle mixture throughout the water, get in and relax. Stay in bath for at least 25 minutes.
*Make sure you do not use soaps or lotions after a detox because your pores are open and you would be putting toxins right back into your body. Also, drink plenty of water to continue flushing out toxins.
I hope you enjoyed this post and find it helpful. I’d love to hear from you if you have any topics you would like to learn about!
Summer here we come!