Cooling Essential Oil Summer Spray
We’re only a little more than a month into summer and its crazy hot here at the Kitchen Cupboard Underground HQ; especially for those that don’t tolerate the heat well. If you need a quick burst of a soothing breeze, you can make this cooling summer spray and have it available anytime you need it.
The ingredients were chosen for their following benefits:
- Witch Hazel – Anti-inflammatory; providing soothing relief and is also refreshing to the skin.
- Distilled Water – the main reason to include distilled water is it’s a vehicle that holds, disburses and delivers the essential oils in the spray. It is vitally important you use distilled water as it is free of any microbes that could potentially grow in the mixture, causing it to spoil.
- Peppermint Essential Oil – Anti-inflammatory; it is wonderfully cooling to the skin. Analgesic; pain relieving.
- Lavender Essential Oil – Anti-inflammatory; it does have some cooling properties but is also very soothing to the mind and body. Analgesic; pain relieving.
- Rosemary Essential Oil – Anti-inflammatory; it has some cooling properties. It is soothing to a stressed mind. Analgesic; pain relieving.
The ingredients are pretty easy to find online or at your local health food store and you can make substitutions based on what you have available. If you don’t have witch hazel, double the use of the distilled water or vice versa. The cooling benefit comes primarily from the peppermint essential oil. If you don’t have (or don’t like) lavender or rosemary, you can leave those out. Also if you don’t have a food scale, you can eyeball the liquids when adding them.
Cooling Essential Oil Summer Spray Recipe
- 2 oz (59.14 ml) bottle with spray top
- Food Scale
- 1 oz (29.57 ml) Witch Hazel
- 1 oz (29.57 ml) Distilled Water
- 20 drops Peppermint Essential Oil (use 15 drops for those with sensitive skin; use 10 drops for youth and 5 drops for children 4 years old and older)
- 10 drop Rosemary Essential Oil (use 6 drops for youth and those with sensitive skin; use 3 drops for children 4 years old and older)
- 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil (use 6 drops for those with sensitive skin and youth; use 3 drops for children 4 years old and older)
- With the funnel secured in the opening of the spray bottle, place it on the scale
- Tare the scale of the weight and add 1 oz of the witch hazel
- Tare the scale of the weight and add 1 oz of the distilled water
- Remove the bottle from the scale and take off the funnel
- Add the essential oils directly to the bottle
- Wipe the rim of the bottle clean and affix the spray cap
- Label the bottle with the date made and ingredients used
- Shake well and spray on the body; avoiding the face, eyes and sensitive areas of the body
- Store the spray in the fridge for an added cooling effect
With essential oils, more is not always better. You can use this spray as needed, but use it wisely as excessive use could cause a headache. Also keep in mind that as peppermint essential oil is quite cooling, if you get wet, that cool feeling can magnify significantly. Should you experience this, dry off and dress warmly until the feeling passes. To add some extra oomph, try making a bottle of our Summer Iced Tea (https://www.botanicaltherapy.com/underground/2017/5/14/sun-care).
Until next time, discover the cooling power of essential oils!