Essential Oil For Summer
It's true that human beings need sun to manufacture vitamin A and D but excess of everything is bad even sunlight. Do we know that sun has most damaging effect on our skin. It is strongly responsible for our skin's ageing.
The nature of sunlight has also changed over years as pollution has destroyed the ozone layer and that lets in too much ultraviolet light into atmosphere. There are certain precaution that we should take to prevent ourselves Firstly one should, keep out of the sun between 12 pm and 3pm , Secondly liberally apply cover ourselves with a sunscreen of factor thirty or more. Application of a good high SPF broad spectrum sunscreen and reapplying it is very crucial.
Drinking at least 3 litres of water during the hot summer days is very important. One can add one tablespoon of salt incase there is a feeling of low blood pressure. Application of neat lavender, peppermint or eucalyptus to the temples, back of the neck and solar plexus (upper abdomen), and breathe deeply.
I recommend to use the following oils during summers can keep them handy in your travel kit.
- Peppermint Oil - The mint family is one of the most aromatic and useful plant families, both for herbal medicine, culinary arts and aromatherapy. Excellent for headaches and cough, peppermint is a stimulant and revitalizer. 10drops of peppermint added to bath can give a cooling effect.
- Vetiver Oil- This oil is captured from green grass. In India this grassy plant is sown wherever there is erosion of soil. It is antiseptic, grounding, regenerative and relaxant.
- Basil Oil- A sacred plant in India. It is antiseptic helps to relieve from cough, congestion, asthma and headaches.
- Eucalyptus Oil- most important oil. It should be a part of everyone's first aid kit. It is antiseptic, disinfects the air, decongestant and helps to build immune system.
- Lavender Oil – It is excellent oil for children. It is antiseptic, stimulant, calming and has a cooling effect.
- Rose oil- It has a deep floral note. It is an antiseptic, astringent, cooling and moisturising.
- Sandalwood Oil- It has a cooling and moisturising energy. It is astringent, tissue regenerative, refrigerant and carminative. It is excellent to be used on a sunstroke.
Each of these oils havetheir unique properties and can be consumed internally as well. It really matters how you plan to use them. As we know that these oils help are bodies in three ways. By penetrating inside the epidermis via perfumes, lotions, compress and bath, through inhaling via steam inhalation, diffusers they affect our nervous system and consuming them orally as prescribed by the aromatherapy practitioner, for example a drop of peppermint oil can be added to water to cool down heated body. The list of oils is exhaustive but according to me there are the most versatile ones to own and use.