Keeping Cool in the Summertime
When the temperature rises it can be tempting to run inside and crank up the A/C or head to the nearest movie theatre. But isn’t it just a little bit sad to think of wasting a beautiful summer day inside. We sure think so!
If you’re planning to spend some time out in the heat there are a few great and natural ways to help your body stay cool so you can enjoy the great outdoors safely and comfortably:
- Protect yourself from sunburn with a broad spectrum mineral sunblock and a hat.
- Keep hydrated by drinking lots of water or iced herbal tea and snacking on water dense foods like cucumber and watermelon.
- Place a damp cloth in a Ziploc bag, pack it in your cooler bag and use it as a cool compress on your neck.
- Take a dip (or a long swim!) at the nearest beach or outdoor pool.
For an extra special treat, follow our recipe for a natural cooling spray. It has a lovely, refreshing scent and cool sensation. You can mist it on your face, neck, arms...really wherever you need it!
Home-made Cooling Spray Recipe
What you need:
Cotton Tea Towel or Cheesecloth
2 Tbsp Rosewater
2 Tbsp Aloe Vera Gel (natural with no added dyes or fragrance)
2 Tbsp Witch Hazel
Essential Oils (we like peppermint, spearmint, eucalyptus & lemongrass)
What you need to do:
First, trim, peel and chop up the cucumber. Place the chunks in your blender and puree. Place a tea towel or cheesecloth over a medium sized bowl. Pour the cucumber pulp onto the cloth and squeeze the juice into the bowl. Bonus: You can save the pulp to use as a hydrating facial mask.
Next, you can add the remaining ingredients to the bowl. The amount of essential oils that you add to the mixture will depend on the type of oil you choose. Peppermint oil has a very high amount of menthol which gives it a powerful cooling effect on the skin so you only need to add 2-3 drops. Spearmint oil has a sweeter scent and less menthol so you can use 3-4 drops. Eucalyptus oil is in the mint family, but is safe to use when pregnant and on children. It is a nice alternative for families or those who just don’t like mint. You can use 3-5 drops of eucalyptus oil. Lemongrass is also safe for pregnant women and young children and offers a bright, citrusy scent. You can add 3-5 drops of lemongrass oil to the spray and enjoy the invigorating aroma.
When you have added your choice of essential oils, give the mixture a little stir and pour into the spray bottle (using a funnel helps to keep things from getting too messy!) Give the bottle a shake before spritzing your face and neck with this delightful, natural cooling spray.
*Please remember that peppermint and spearmint essential oils are not safe for use when pregnant/nursing or for use on small children*
The cucumber juice is perishable, so it is best to store this spray in the refrigerator and use within one week. If you want the spray to last longer, you can omit the cucumber juice and increase the aloe vera and witch hazel.
Cheers to a happy, sunny summer!
How do you keep cool in the summer time?