🎵 Summertime, and the livin's easy… Whether you cruise through summer or relax on the beach, summer is almost here and it wouldn’t be like me to leave you hanging without some of my favorite summer blends, DIYs, and oily tips and tricks.
I love talking about all of the fun summer has to offer but I also have to remember 🚨SAFETY FIRST! Before we dive into all the fun DIY’s for the summer I want to make sure you are always using your oils safely and so let’s chat about photosensitivity real quick!?
When we use certain oils topically where the sun is exposed to our skin, our skin can get a bit red and tender. Almost all citrus oils are photosensitive, meaning they should be avoided topically before direct sunlight or artificial UV rays (think tanning beds or booths).
☀️ If you will be heading out in the sun, be sure any rollers or sprays you apply that contain citrus oils are applied “where the sun don’t shine” AKA the bottoms of your feet, under your clothes, etc. The following oils and blends have been labeled as photosensitive by dōTERRA: AromaTouch®, Bergamot, doTERRA Breathe®, doTERRA Cheer®, Citrus Bliss®, Clementine, Cumin, Elevation, doTERRA Forgive®, Grapefruit, InTune®, Kumquat, Lemon, Lime, doTERRA Motivate®, doTERRA On Guard®, Purify, Slim & Sassy®, Sunny Citrus, Tangerine, Wild Orange and Zendocrine.
Ok, ok, I’ll step off my soapbox, all the safety recommendations are over! Now who is ready to dive into some summer tips and tricks?! 🙋‍♀️

Tip #1- If you aren’t a water lover, skip the nasty artificial water flavorings and do this instead: 💧 Set up a hydration station with your favorite citrus oils 🍓 Cut up fresh fruit to add to add to your water (Try strawberry, mango, or pineapple) 🍋 Make “light” lemonade with ¼ to ½ the amount of sugar (add fresh fruit too)

Why is hydration so important? Our bodies are 80% water. It keeps our digestive health moving along, supports our brain health, keeps our skin glowing and our whole body functioning properly.

Tip #2- Make sure you have a summer survival kit. These are MUST HAVE items.
🦟 TerraShield Spray (to keep all those pest away)
❌ Correct-X (in case of boo-boos)
🟣 Lavender Touch (soothing to the skin)
🌿 Peppermint Touch (cooling and supports occasional head tension)
🧡 On Guard Sanitizing Mist (keep those hands clean)

Tip #3- Summer hair care is so important to maintain your hair health after those long days in the sun.
Ditch the fragrance-filled concoctions (and the hormone-disrupting phthalates) and DIY your own Salt Texture Spray!
Psst..no one will even question your mermaid status 🧜‍♀️
In a 8-ounce spray bottle mix: ½ cup water 1 TBSP. sea salt 1 TBSP aloe vera juice or gel ½ tsp. argan or jojoba oil (optional but I highly recommend it to condition your strands and keep them shiny like the siren you are ) 10 drops of Lavender or Rosemary essential oil Shake before using. Apply on damp strands, scrunch, and let air dry.

Tip #4- Stay in the sun a bit too long without a sunscreen refresh? When a burn is particularly sore (or sun blisters occur), a soothing oatmeal bath can soothe and support tender skin.
In a bowl mix:
💧 1 cup of oatmeal
💧 5 drops frankincense
💧 5 drops lavender
💧 5 drops copaiba
Add to lukewarm bathwater (you do NOT want this to be hot), allow the oatmeal and oil mixture to bloom. Soak 10-15 minutes and allow the colloidal properties of the oatmeal to soothe the skin and essential oils to support discomfort and inflammation. Follow up with doTERRA’s Spa Hand & Body Lotion.

Tip #5 - I am so excited for this!! We have been waiting for so long, and it's finally right around the corner! doTERRA has created a Sun Care Line! Available July 2022!
This line is made up of four incredible products that are all natural, lightweight, and made to protect you before you step outside and just in case you forget to protect your skin. 
The products are:
☀️ Face & Body Mineral Sunscreen Lotion
☀️ Body Mineral Sunscreen Spray
☀️ Face & Body Mineral Sunscreen Stick
☀️ After Sun Restorative Body Mist
I will let you know as soon as these become available because I'm sure they will sell out FAST!

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P.S. Disclaimer for this series - Any serious medical condition should always be taken up with a qualified medical professional. *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.