As a grown-up summer is one of our least favourite seasons of the year, no one likes the constant heat, harsh sun and increased skin problems, right? This year you can make summer a little less annoying for your body with some essential oils. Yes, you read that right, essential oils have been used for centuries to repair, soothe and calm several skin conditions while also rejuvenating the body. Here’s a list of five essential oils you need to stock up on this summer...

Lavender
 

Lavender

Also known as the all-purpose oil, lavender essential oil is a quick fix solution for many problems. An antibacterial for wounds and burns, this oil reduces itching and soothes the area. It also offers relief from stress and anxiety.

Rosemary
 

Rosemary

Summer means sweat which brings a long a lot of germs too. Prevent this by mixing a few drops of rosemary essential oil in your bath water or applying it topically by mixing it with a base oil. The antiseptic properties will kill germs and have an uplifting effect on your mind.

Sandalwood
 

Sandalwood

Sandalwood is known for its cooling properties; its powder is used to soothe acne and reduce skin redness. Sandalwood essential oil is no different, it soothes sun burnt skin as well as reduces puffiness.

Lemon
 

Lemon

Nothing says summer better than the smell of fresh lemon. Other than drinking lemonade and adding the zest to salads, stocking up on its essential oil will prove beneficial. It prevents fluid retention, has cooling and antiseptic properties.

Peppermint
 

Peppermint

The smell of peppermint can instantly alleviate bloating and nausea. Apply a few drops of peppermint oil on the back of your neck to instantly cool off. It also repels bugs and insects which are quite common during summer.

Pro tip: Never use essential oil in its raw undiluted form as it can burn the skin. Use carrier oil such as coconut, olive or almond to mix the above mentioned essential oils.