We’re well into summer now, which doesn’t just mean loads of fun in the sun. It can also mean trying out some summer hacks to ensure your vacays and adventures don’t also come along with the pesky downsides of high temps and frequent travel. One major summer hack to try is peppermint essential oil. Yes – what we normally think of as a winter-only scent has myriad uses this time of year.
To Reduce Stress – Peppermint is one of the many essential oils that provide a sense of calm, which is why many people diffuse it in their homes or apply topically. Just a little spritz will keep stress at bay while on the go too.
To Repel Bugs – The one major downside to summer BBQs and camping trips? Bugs! Peppermint oil can repel mosquitos and more whether you spray it, dab it, or whip up a mixture to keep outside.
To Energize – This oil is unique in that unlike chamomile and lavender which also induce calm, peppermint oil is also known to help revive and energize. Both the cooling sensation and the scent itself will refresh, which is super helpful on long, exhausting summer days. (But don’t forget the water!)
To Cool You Down – Speaking of cooling, since peppermint oil has a cooling effect, it’s great to use as a subtle mist on hot days too. Just make sure to dilute properly and perform a spot test first if you haven’t used a spray with peppermint in it before.
To Relieve Sunburns – Let’s hope you’ve all been practicing proper sun care with all the sunscreen tips I’ve shared in the past, but hey – it happens: the dreaded sunburn. If you need relief from an irritating burn, spritz it on as a natural sunburn spray. The cooling effect will provide instant relief, and the healing properties of peppermint will speed recovery.