Summer brings so much heat that it may have you looking for ways to cool off. Luckily, there are several essential oils that are known to cool skin. Make up a DIY essential oil cooling spray for the next time you need to cool down.
Take advantage of these cooling oils in your homemade cooling spray, check out the recipe below.
Cooling Essential Oils for Skin
When the temperatures start to rise, it's natural to want to reach for cooling essential oils. These scents can help you feel more comfortable in the heat and provide a sense of refreshment. Whether you're looking for a new scent to enjoy or trying to beat the heat, these oils are sure to help!
Here are the three best essential oils that are known to cool the skin. You can use any of these essential oils for cooling:
- Peppermint essential oil
- Eucalyptus essential oil
- Spearmint essential oil
- Basil essential oil
- Or use a blend of oils
I think peppermint oil and eucalyptus oil make a nice combo. These essential oils are also good for hot flashes, sunburns, dry skin, and itchy skin.
Peppermint Essential Oil For Cooling
When it comes to cooling essential oils, nothing beats peppermint. Peppermint essential oil has a cooling, refreshing, and invigorating effect. The minty aroma of this oil is perfect for keeping your mind clear and your body energized on a hot day.
It is a natural analgesic and can be used to relieve headaches, muscle pain, and joint pain. It also has anti-inflammatory and can be used to relieve sinus congestion and respiratory problems.
It’s cooling properties make it great for hot days when you need relief from the heat. Peppermint also helps to regulate digestion and improve mental clarity. It can be used topically or aromatically to cool the skin and help to reduce inflammation.
Related Reading: Peppermint Essential Oil Diffuser Benefits
Cooling Properties of Witch Hazel
Witch hazel is a natural astringent, meaning it helps to constrict tissues and tighten pores. This quality makes it ideal for use as a natural cooling and cleansing agent on the skin. Additionally, witch hazel is thought to have anti-inflammatory properties, which may help to soothe and calm the skin.
DIY Essential Oil Cooling Spray Recipe
Summertime is notorious for being hot and humid. Unfortunately, this can often lead to an uncomfortable feeling. Find relief from the heat with this cooling essential oil recipe using your choice of cooling essential oils. Experiment to see what you like best, or make a custom blend of essential oils.
Here is the perfect cooling spray for summer.
- 20 drops total of Peppermint, Eucalyptus or Basil oil
- 2 tablespoons Aloe Vera Gel
- Distilled water or witch hazel
- 4 oz glass spray bottle
Directions: Add essential oils and aloe vera gel (not jelly, aloe vera gel is liquidy), swirl bottle to mix. Fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water or witch hazel if preferred. Shake well to mix together and before each use.
To Use: Shake then spray on skin to enjoy the cooling effects. Keep away from the eyes. Place spray bottle in the refrigerator or in a cooler for an even more refreshing cool mist.
Lavender Peppermint Cooling Spray Recipe
Here is another cooling essential oil blend with lavender and peppermint. Lavender essential oil is great for skin healing and sunburn relief. Peppermint oil has a cooling, refreshing, and invigorating effect. This makes a great after sun spray too.
- 15 drops Lavender essential oil
- 10 drops total of Peppermint essential oil
- 2 tablespoons Aloe Vera Gel
- Distilled water
- 4 oz glass spray bottle
Directions: Add essential oils and aloe vera gel, swirl bottle to mix. Fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water. Shake well to mix together and before each use.
10 Tips for Using Essential Oils in Hot Weather
1. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids, especially water, when using essential oils in hot weather.
2. Avoid using phototoxic essential oils when out in the sun. Learn more about what essential oils are photosensitive.
3. Use a carrier oil, like jojoba oil, to dilute essential oils before using them in hot weather.
4. Be careful not to overuse essential oils, as this can lead to adverse effects in hot weather.
5. Apply a cold pack or ice pack to the back of your neck or on your forehead to cool down. You can even try homemade aloe vera ice cubes.
6. Be sure to store essential oils in a cool, dark place when not in use.
7. Stay in the shade as much as possible.
8. Carry this homemade cooling mist with you to spray on your skin when you start to feel overheated.
9. Take a cool bath or shower to refresh yourself. Try a spearmint essential oil foot soak.
10. Get plenty of rest, and avoid strenuous activity in the heat.
General Essential Oil Precautions
Never use essential oils undiluted, in eyes or mucous membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified practitioner. Keep out of reach from children.
When using essential oils on skin be sure to use only high quality, 100% pure essential oils that are safe to use topically.
Use essential oils with extreme caution on children, be sure you have researched the oil and that it is safe for use on kids. Plant Therapy clearly labels their oils "KidSafe" on the bottle if the oil can be used for children ages 2–10.
If applying an essential oil topically (on your skin), you may perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body, use 1-2 drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil like jojoba oil, read more here.
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, epileptic, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. For more information on oil safety issues here.
Newbie to Oils? Read More: Essential Oils for Beginners
Where to Buy Essential Oils?
Essential oils are great because not only do they make you feel good physically but mentally as well. I love having them around since they have so many benefits like clearing the air of bad odors and improving moods by releasing calming scents in your home or office!
We are frequently asked what essential oil brand we like, here are some of our favorites: