summertime wind-down essentials!

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by Gina Rideout

Oh the joys of summer! Beaches, traveling, road trips, barbecues, swimming, ……and sunburns, fly bites, humidity (yes, we had it even in this province this summer!), and seasonal allergies. All wonderful signs of summer that bring us to our happy place – for the most part that is unless this is the time of year you suffer due to seasonal threats.

If you are like me, then it may be preferable to search for natural solutions versus over the counter products that often contain synthetic chemicals that can do more harm than good.

I know many people who have very severe reactions to sun, fly bites, heat, and seasonal threats so how do we navigate the not-so-awesome signs of summer while still getting outside and enjoying summer fun? I have a few ideas I am happy to share with you. I would love your feedback when you give them a try!

  • Try this After-Sun Spray. It’s effective for soothing and cooling as well as reducing inflammation associated with a sunburn:
    • 30 drops Lavender
    • 10 drops Peppermint
    • 14 drops Frankincense (optional)

Add all oils to a 2 oz glass or stainless spray bottle. Fill the remainder with Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO; omit peppermint for children under 3 or spray on clothes instead of skin).

Shake and apply as soon as possible to the sunburned area.

  • Bug bites getting you down? Try this Natural After-Bite roller bottle recipe:
    • 8 drops of Basil oil
    • 4 drops of Peppermint oil
    • 4 drops of Lavender oil

Add to a 10 ml roller bottle and fill the remainder with FCO.  Thank me later – the cooling sensation of this blend feels incredible! Don’t have all of these oils? Not to worry, try a tiny dab of Lavender all by itself directly on the bite and you will still feel relief. This has worked wonders for my family while we were in Terra Nova recently – where the flies and mosquitos were plentiful!

Of course, it would be even better if we could avoid getting bitten in the first place!  Using a combination of the following oils will help as they all have repellent properties (Arborvitae, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lemongrass, Spearmint, Peppermint, Rosemary and Thyme).

when the sun goes does the sunburn can come up!

  • Natural Bug Repellent recipe:
    • 10 drops Cedarwood
    • 10 drops Lemongrass
    • 10 drops Rosemary
    • 10 drops Geranium

Add each oil to a 2oz glass or stainless spray bottle and fill with FCO. The FCO will prevent the essential oils from evaporating too quickly. Alternatively, you can fill about ¼ of the bottle with witch hazel then fill with water. Make sure to shake before using.

  • Here’s how you can Stay Cool in the summer heat (I know it’s rarely a problem around here but since we’re not used to high temps and humidity we don’t deal with it very well!):

Simply apply one drop of Peppermint essential oil (diluted in coconut oil) to the bottoms of your feet and a drop to your drinking water to cool your body during a ahot day. This is great if you work in an office without air conditioning as well!

  • Do you find yourself sneezing and itching all summer long? I have two individuals in my home who have reactions to seasonal threats and this little tip does the trick for them (Seasonal Threat Relief):
    • 1 drop Lavender
    • 1 drop Lemon
    • 1 drop Peppermint

Add each to an empty veggie cap or a glass of water and take internally*.

NOTE: Not all essential oils are safe for internal use! It will indicate clearly on the label if it’s safe so be sure to check. Otherwise, use a diffuser to diffuse into the air for benefits.

I do hope you find these tips helpful!  I’ll be back later with tips on cooking with essential oils. Historically, essential oils have been used for flavour and, as a bonus, they also add a powerful anti-oxidant punch!

NOTE: Not all essential oils are safe for internal use! It will indicate clearly on the label if it’s safe so be sure to check. Otherwise, use a diffuser to diffuse into the air for benefits.  Use all products with care and according to purpose.


Gina Rideout, photo by Shannon

Gina Rideout, photo by Shannon



Gina Rideout is a Certified Health Coach in the St. John’s area with a passion for plant-based living, disease-prevention and essential oils.  You can find her here: