I dare say that anyone who uses essential oils, loves to share their recipes, uses, and favorite oils with whomever is willing to lend an ear. Spoiler Alert: I am no exception! Keep reading to discover my top 5 oils for summer, and feel free to comment on your top picks and uses in the Comments box. I’d love to learn new ideas from you! Click on each heading to purchase the oil and learn more.
According to doTerra, Purify cleansing blend, is an airy herbal combination of Lemon Peel, Siberian Fir Needle, Citronella Grass, Lime Peel, Tea Tree Leaf, and Cilantro essential oils. Its recommended uses include diffusing to purify the air in a room, adding Purify to the rinse cycle of your laundry, and adding a few drops to a spray bottle with water to clean surfaces.
My go-to use, aside from adding it to the laundry, is to moisten a few cotton balls with Purify and place these in my gym bag. Believe me, you will have the best smelling bag in the gym, and you will not feel pressured to wash your gym clothes every night. Try placing these moistened cotton balls in your gym shoes as well, especially if you only have 1 pair of trainers.
doTerra promotes this blend as your go-to outdoor companion, and I agree! It is a blend of Fractionated Coconut Oil, Ylang Ylang Flower, Tamanu Seed, Nootka Wood, Cedarwood Wood, Catnip Plant, Lemon Eucalyptus Leaf, Litsea Fruit, Vanilla Bean Absolute, and Arborvitae Wood. It is a beautiful balance of sweet and woody notes. Recommended use is as an alternative to alcohol-based bug sprays. Best of all, as a pre-diluted oil, it makes topical application a breeze, and it doesn’t leave you feeling sticky.
My go-to use, aside from using it as my outdoor bug spray, is to use it as my indoor bug spray. Every spring, I spray a thin layer around doors and windows to keep the ants and other bugs at bay. One application is good for months and the house smells great! Just make sure that when spraying on bare flooring, that you wipe up the excess to avoid slips and falls.
doTerra touts Lemon essential oil as one of the powerhouse oils, and rightly so. They include this oil in their beginner pack, as it is one of the most versatile oils in their line-up, and is a best seller. Recommended uses for Lemon oil are as a cleanser and purifier for the air and surfaces. Who doesn’t enjoy the fresh scent of lemon in the air! doTerra also suggests using Lemon oil in your cooking to enhance the flavor of your favorite foods and desserts.
My go-to use for Lemon essential oil is to add a few drops to my water bottle. It’s a no mess method to enjoying lemon in your water. Best of all, you can carry the bottle with you, so you have lemon for your water while on the go. A word of caution: essential oils should not be used with plastic drinking/water bottles, plastic straws, plastic cups, or Styrofoam cups. The reason being that many essential oils, especially citrus oils, break down the plastic. You end up consuming the toxic chemicals from the plastic deterioration. Over time, oils will also break down the plastic cleaning/spray bottles as well. Glass is best as a container for essential oils, even when diluted. Metal water bottles are safe to use with essential oils also. If you must use a plastic container, use the heavy duty plastic options.
Another of my favorite uses for lemon essential oil is to add it to my dish water. The fresh scent of lemon creates an uplifting feeling, which makes washing dishes seem fun! Well, at least this is what I tell myself 😊
Wild Orange is another of doTerra’s top sellers, and is included in their Travel Kit, along with Lavender, Peppermint, and Aromatouch Massage blend. Recommended uses for Wild Orange are along the lines of those mentioned for Lemon. As a citrus oil, it lends well as a cleaning oil, and an uplifting scent when diffused. It is also great as a surface cleaner.
My go-to use for Wild Orange is to add a drop to the inside of each wrist and gently rub the oil into my skin. I absolutely love the scent of orange! I also add this oil to my dish water when handwashing dishes. A word of caution: when using oils topically, pay attention to the recommendations for dilution before applying to the skin, especially if you have sensitive skin. Additionally, when applying oils topically, check to see if the oil is considered a photosensitive oil, which could cause skin reactions if exposed to sunlight.
Tea Tree Touch is an herbal scented oil that comes in roll-on form. It is already diluted with fractionated coconut oil, making it perfect for those with sensitive skin. doTerra’s recommended uses for Tea Tree Touch include using it on fingernails and toenails to keep them healthy and clean. Also recommended is rolling it on the bottom of your feet for an uplifting boost.
My go-to use for Tea Tree Touch is as a soothing relief to bug bites. As a roll-on, this oil can be conveniently carried in a purse, pocket, or backpack. Tea Tree Touch works great on mosquito bites, relieving the itching almost instantly. This oil is the natural partner to TerraSheild spray in my backpack and purse, making them the perfect summer couple!
What’s in your Backpack?
Let us know what your go-to summer oils are and why. If you have a favorite summer diffuser or food recipe, feel free to share that as well. I love experimenting with my oils. I am guessing that I am not alone in this 😊