Summer is finally here and in full swing. Hot summery days and vacations abound!
Now, many of us are ‘couch potatoes’ and then comes summer. We are outdoors more than any other time of the year. Some of us enjoy sitting in the shade while others prefer the sunshine.
Well, what happens is that us shade dwellers forget about protection and next thing you know, we have us a nice little ‘sunburn’!!
Just like any other type of burn, get away (or out of) of the source of the problem. Stay covered while outdoors.
How to get relief if you do get sunburned?
First if it is severe – actually to the point of blisters – seek medical attention. If you have very red skin and it is hot to the touch, you need to cool it down.
To start apply some cool compresses. (See below for more information) Add several drops of Lavender essential oil to a basin of cool water and use a soft compress to soak up the water, wring out and apply ever so gently to the sun burned areas. Continue to do this for several minutes to even an hour or more.
Do not use ice as this can do even more damage to your already damaged skin.
Roman Chamomile, Geranium, Eucalyptus, Neroli, Helichrysum and Rose Otto oils are also good oils to use on minor sunburn and other burns. Mix these in a cool water bath or compress with Lavender added is recommended.
Essential oils should be added to carrier oils such as Sweet almond, Sunflower oil or other light oil.
Then apply several times a day to the affected area.
To a cold water bath (bowl of water) -
5 drops Roman Chamomile OR
8 drops Lavender oil for each cup of cold water to which a few ice cubes have been added.
Submerge the burned area to give relief.
Personally we have found that you will get much relief if you can hold your burned area in the cold or very cool water for about an hour. Use caution to not freeze your burned area. You should use cold water not ICE water. A couple of ice cubes will help to chill the water but not to freeze the skin.
Lavender- 25 drops
Peppermint - 2 drops
Camellia oil - 2 ounce
Shake well and apply a few drops several times a day to the burned area. Be sure to have plenty on hand as you venture out to the beaches this summer!
Remember that common sense in the sun is the best prevention.
Of course sunburn including any serious or widespread burns should be attended by a medical professional. Do not attempt to treat serious burns without consulting a physician.To the Top of the Page
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The summer and sunshine can really take its toll on your hair. And if you have natural curly hair and if you live in a high humidity area the curls can become frizzy and unmanagable!!
The hot summer sun, wind, coloring and especially bleaching, hair dryers and blowers, curling or straightening irons can all cause damage and drying to the structure of your hair.
There a few essential oils that will stimulate your bodies production of the natural oils from the sebaceous glands to help restore hair to its' natural oiled condition.
Using Geranium, Lavender, or Juniper may help to stimulate your sebaceous glands. So adding these to your shampoo (one or any combination) will help.
Other oils that might also help include: Carrotseed Cedarwood, Frankincense, Myrrh, Palmarosa, Peppermint, Sandalwood, Thyme, and Vetiver.
Again, adding a drop or two to your shampoo or conditioner can help. Another method is to add a drop to your brush and brush through your hair.
Another so called hair treatment that was popular a few years ago, but you don’t really hear about it any more is the "Hot Oil Treatment".
For those that have very dry hair you can do this simple at home treatment. Using Jojoba or Camellia oil place about 1-2 tablespoons in a PET bottle, then place hot tap water in a bowl and set the bottle of Jojoba or Camellia oil in that to warm the oil gently.
Massage the warmed Jojoba or Camellia oil into your hair and scalp. Wrap your head/hair with a towel and leave the oils in for 30 minutes to an hour.
Then wash your hair as usual. You may have to do a second shampooing if your hair feels to greasy. Although, if your hair is extremely dry, you might want to shampoo it only once. You don’t want to wash all the oils out of your hair.
You can add a drop or two of one or two of the above mentioned essential oils to this ‘hot oil’ treatment.
Remember that keeping your hair covered and out of the sun will help it too. I wish I could tell you how to lessen the humidity, but Mother Nature is the one that handles that!To the Top of the Page
Have you eve wondered where that unusual smell is coming from?
Several years ago, we had a Bar-B-Q party and several relatives with small children attended. Of course, the child did not intend to, but a burger was left in an area of our home that was not usual for eating.
A few days after the Party, we started smelling rotten meat. Pewey! Stinky, stinky, stinky! Of course a few flies found their way to it first. Enough of that story, I’m sure you get my point. It was very unpleasant.
This was before Al and I knew anything about Essential oils, but had we known, we could have taken care of the situation more quickly.
After cleaning up such a smelly mess with the usual soap and water, you may have a lingering odor to deal with.
One thing we do, is cases of such a smelly ordeal, is to put some baking soda over the area. Then sprinkle a few drops of your favorite essential oil. I have used Orange and as they are good clean smells.
After 24 hours, sweep or vacuum up the baking soda, if needed wash the area again.
As for the rest of the house or area – simply diffuse some essential oils. Most the time rotten meat or other offensive smells are coming from the gases that bacteria and other germs produce as they are growing on the surfaces. They produce waste materials too.
The essential oils diffused into the air will not only help with the odors the bacteria are producing but also to help control the growth and destroy the offenders.
All essential oils are germicidal & bactericidal and many will also destroy viruses to a certain degree.
Use your favorites or those of the person spending most of the time in the room involved.
Good oils to try include: Lemon, Clary Sage, Geranium, Bergamot, Lavender, Grapefruit and Lime. Some stronger smelling oils like Clove bud and Cinnamon may also help.
Remember all essential oils have antibacterial, anti fungal, anti microbial and antiseptic properties to varying degrees.
If the odors are coming from any of these sources, the oils will help destroy the odor causing bugs too.
2 oz safflower oil
24 drops Ginger
24 drops Juniper
24 drops Marjoram
24 drops Rosemary
Blend together the essential oils and add the safflower oil
20 drops Roman Roman Chamomile
5 drops Black Pepper
2 oz safflower carrier oil
Blend the essential oils then add to the safflower oil.
Penny’s Note: Although Florences recipe calls for safflower oil, any light carrier oil could be used. Sunflower oil oil is a great massage oil and should work well in this recipe too
Cedarwood - 1 drop
Clary Sage - 3 drops
Geranium - 1 drop
Lavender - 1 drop
Rosemary - 3 drops
Jojoba Oil - 1 tablespoon
Camellia oil- 1 tablespoon
Mix oils in 1 tablespoon Camellia oil and 1 tablespoon Jojoba Oil.
Massage blend into dry hair and scalp. Wrap head in towel and relax for an hour. Shampoo with mild or unscented Shampoo and then rinse well.
Alternative method is to add a few drops of the above oils to your shampoo and use on a regular basis.
Jojoba – 2 ounces
Helichrysum – 15 drops
Lavender – 40 drops
Peppermint – 1 drop
Blend well and use as needed on your sunburned skin.
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