4 Ways that Lavender Can Help You Through the Summer

Posted on August 05, 2014 by Lavender World

Summer is one of those fabulous times of year when we can venture out into our gardens and enjoy some rare but welcome sunshine. 

There are a few things that are associated with this sunshine, firstly the need for sun cream and after sun lotion and of course the most unwelcome guest that comes with warm weather, bugs. 

Instead of having to buy chemical filled products, we have some natural ‘scentsational’ alternatives that will leave you protected from both the sun and the influx of those pesky bugs. 

So, lets get started on creating the perfect summer products that are not only budget friendly but they smell amazing too, this is all due to the lavender twist they all share. 

Natural Homemade Lavender Sunscreen 

Ingredients

1/2 cup almond or olive oil (can infuse with herbs first if desired)

1/4 cup coconut oil (natural SPF 4)

1/4 cup beeswax

2 Tablespoons Zinc Oxide

10 – 12 drops Lavender essential oil

2 Tablespoons Shea Butter

Method

Combine ingredients except zinc oxide in a pint sized or larger glass jar. I have a mason jar that I keep just for making lotions and lotion bars, or you can even reuse a glass jar from pickles, olives, or other foods.

Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place over medium heat.

Put a lid on the jar loosely and place in the pan with the water.

As the water heats, the ingredients in the jar will start to melt. Shake or stir occasionally to incorporate. When all ingredients are completely melted, add the zinc oxide, stir in well and pour into whatever jar or tin you will use for storage. Small mason jars (pint size) are great for this. It will not pump well in a lotion pump!

Stir a few times as it cools to make sure zinc oxide is incorporated.

Use as you would regular sunscreen. Best if used within six months.

Additional Notes:

This sunscreen is somewhat, but not completely, waterproof and will need to be reapplied after sweating or swimming

Make sure not to inhale the Zinc Oxide- use a mask if necessary!

This recipe has an SPF of about 20, though adding more Zinc Oxide will increase the SPF

Add more beeswax to make thicker sunscreen, less to make smooth sunscreen

Store in a cool, dry place or in the fridge

I prefer to store in a small canning jar and apply like a body butter. It will be thicker, especially if you use coconut oil in the recipe.

Lavender After Sun Lotion

Ingredients

4 ounces of your favorite plain, unscented lotion

1 tablespoon aloe vera gel

2 drops lavender essential oil

2 drops chamomile essential oil

2 drops peppermint essential oil

A jar with a lid for storage

Method

Mix ingredients together well using a utensil of your choice – I used a wooden stirrer.

Transfer into your storage container.

There you have it – a deliciously scented after-sun lotion to make now and store on your beauty shelf until a day you really need it! For an extra cooling effect on skin, store this in the fridge. 

Bug-B-Gone Candles

Ingredients 

2 cups soy wax flakes

wicks

containers to hold the candles (even mason jars will work)

40 drops citronella essential oil

30 drops lavender essential oil

20 drops lemon essential oil

20 drops peppermint essential oil

Method

In the microwave, melt the soy wax, stirring every 30 seconds or so. Set up the wick (some people like to put a little dab of glue on the bottom of it so that it stays in place better, but I usually just rest a chopstick on each side of it to hold it in place) inside of the container that you have chosen for your candle.

Mix the essential oils into the soy wax and then pour the wax into the containers to cool and harden. That’s it!

Anti-Bug Spray

Ingredients

1/4 cup witch hazel

1/4 cup water

4 oz. spray bottle 

30 drops citronella essential oil

25 drops lavender essential oil

10 drops peppermint essential oil

30 drops lemon essential oil

Method

Combine all the ingredients into the spray bottle and spray all over the body before heading outside to play! We take it with us and spray down our picnic blankets/tables and chairs with it too! It smells amazing and works great!

There you have it, a few of our favourite lavender summer recipes that will ensure that you can enjoy the sunshine without the need for all of those nasty chemicals. 

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