As summertime temps increase, many of us are looking for ways to cool down. Cooling food and drink, including plenty of fresh water, is paramount. In addition, using essential oils that are cooling to the body is an effective way to combat the heat naturally.
The following essential oils can have a cooling effect on the body:
Taking the time to soak in a lukewarm or cool bath with essential oils has a refreshing, lasting effect. You can add 5-10 drops of peppermint or spearmint to a tub of water (taking care not to overdo with the mint oils), or follow the recipe below to make some fizzy bath bombs!
Bath Bombs Recipe
Notes on ingredients: baking soda can be purchased in bulk or packaged in the Grocery department. Citric acid can also be found in Bulk Grocery near the spices and culinary herbs. Combined with baking soda, this is what causes the “fizz” when placed in water. Epsom salt, which softens the skin and removes impurities, can be found in the Health and Wellness department. For the 2 Tbs. oil, use any of the following: olive, coconut, grapeseed, jojoba, or almond oil. If using coconut, make sure to melt it gently so it’s in a liquid state before mixing.
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 1/2 cup epsom salt
- 2 Tbs. oil (see notes, above)
- 3 Tbs. water
- 1 recipe essential oil blend (see below)
Directions: Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Whisk together oil and water in a separate container. Add wet mixture to dry mixture and stir well. Add essential oil blend. When properly mixed, it should be the consistency of damp sand.
From here, you can place your mixture into molds to dry them for later use. Molds are available online in different sizes and shapes as well as material. Silicone, aluminum, and plastic are most common. Plastic holiday ornaments or Easter eggs are another option, as are muffin pans or ice cube trays for mini bath bombs. Coat lightly with olive oil and fill your mold with the mixture. Let dry at room temperature for about three hours before removing bomb from mold.
Pick one of the options below for your essential oil recipe:
8-10 drops of a single oil listed above
8-10 drops of a pre-made blend such as: Mental Clarity from Veriditas, Sinus Congestion from Veriditas or Chill Pill from Aura Cacia
Minty Citrus-y blend:
- 8 drops grapefruit or orange + 8 drops lemon or lime + 5 drops peppermint or spearmint
Experiment to find a blend you enjoy! There are many websites and books to inspire and guide you to blend properly, using proper ratios of each oil. You can find all these essential oils at the Co-op. Enjoy!
[It is very important to use essential oils properly, as they are extremely concentrated. Do not use essential oils undiluted on your skin without the guidance of a licensed health professional.]