Beautiful, sensual, and evocative, essential oils have a stunning range of health benefits, and their natural scents help us connect to our bodies, our breath, and our senses.

There are many ways to work essential oils into your summer routine. Use them to cool off your body, help you calm down before long periods of travel, and soothe your skin after too much time in the sun, pool, or salty air. Essential oils can also help you let go of all the stress that has built up in your body so you can better enjoy a restorative vacation or getaway.

Inhaling an essential oil is the fastest and most effective way to experience its many therapeutic rewards. Another way to deliver essential oils to your lungs is with a diffuser, which disperses oil throughout an enclosed space, making the air inside and outside of our bodies more breathable. You can use water to heal by combining heat and essential oils through hydrotherapy.

Applying essential oils to the skin is another way to create a significant internal effect within our bodies. (Note: Some essential oils - including all citrus oils, coriander, and ginger - are photo-sensitizing and can lead to sun damage if applied topically.)

Here are 5 essential oils you can use to look and feel your summer best:


The next time you find yourself with a deep cut - or its resulting scar - try including an antiseptic fix, like a couple of drops of lavender on a Band-Aid, to help heal physical wounds faster. This all-purpose oil can be used as an anti-anxiety, sleep aid, a muscle relaxant, a pain reliever, an antibacterial for wounds and burns, and a topical treatment for dry skin, eczema, and insect bites.


Apply peppermint oil on the back of your neck to instantly cool off, repel bugs, and ease itching. It can also help prepare you for sleep, open your sinuses and reduce fever, and alleviate bloating and nausea.


With their cooling, antiseptic, antidepressant, diuretic, and antioxidant-loaded properties, lemon citrus oils give you a fresh feeling. Dilute them as per a body oil to treat cellulite or avoid fluid retention when traveling.


With its cooling and superior anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, and relaxing properties, chamomile is great at fighting allergies.


This oil can reduce puffiness and soothe the skin after sunburn. When inhaled, it softly eases into the lungs to deepen and relax your breath.


// Via: Mind Body Green