Let’s look at how essential oils can keep our skin looking its glowing best and treat some common summertime skin problems.
Heat Rash Compress:
To a bowl of cool water add 1 drop of Chamomile and 1 drop of Lavender. Agitate the water with a face washer and wring out excess moisture. Place the compress over the rash and repeat the process so the compress stays cool. Suitable remedy for children and adults.
Plan ahead and keep a spray bottle with 20 drops of Lavender and 500mls of water in the fridge. Spray over skin as needed for a cooling after-sun treatment.
Compress: To a bowl of very cold water add 1 drop Lavender, 1 drop Chamomile and 1 drop of Peppermint. Use a face washer to agitate the water, wring out the excess moisture and apply compress to the sunburnt area, change as required.
Note: For a sunburnt face omit Peppermint from the recipe.
Apply 1 drop of lavender neat to the site to reduce inflammation. 1 drop of Peppermint diluted in 10mls carrier oil apply a small amount to the affected site to help relieve itch. Cedarwood, Eucalyptus and Lemongrass essential oils make a good insect repellent. Add up to 20 drops to a spray bottle with 500mls water. Avoid spraying directly on the face. Or add up to 8 drops to a diffuser for indoor use.