Summer’s Best Side Kick
By Terri Bonin
Fireflies, lemonade, and wild adventures into the great unknown ~ because summer’s almost here! From baseball games and woodland campouts to backyard family barbecues and theme park vacations, do you know the best sidekick to have at an arms reach? Known for its bright, lemony scent and frequent appearance in insect repellent, patio candles, and sunscreen, this summertime favorite essential oil will help keep the bug bites away and memory making happy and tear free!
Don’t pack up and leave home without packing this…
Citronella oil in your diffuser, moisturizer, or DIY patio accents can make you feel transported to a simpler time. Just check out our favorite ways to use this summertime favorite!
1. A time capsule in a bottle
Citronella oil is steam distilled from the leafy parts of the citronella plant. Thanks to its fresh, welcoming scent and bug repelling properties like those found in Young Living’s Insect Repellent, Citronella essential oil often used in perfumes and cosmetic products and is well known for its use in outdoor candles, sprays, lotions, and other camping and outdoor essentials. Not to mention it helps to keep the annoyances away!
2. An indoor escape
If the unbeaten path is calling your name, then waft away on this wild diffuser blend, designed to make you feel like you’re strolling through a mountain meadow. It’s so lemony and fun that you’ll feel like you’re in the great outdoors instead of in your kitchen.
3. An outdoor oasis
Citronella is a natural air freshener, perfect for battling outdoor odors. Mix up a DIY outdoor spray to revive your patio furniture, hammock, or sleeping bag, or invite a pleasant aroma with the Citronella DIY floating candle. It’s the perfect way to add a peaceful ambiance and pleasant aroma to summer soirees!
DIY Outdoor Summer Spray
5 drops Citronella essential oil
3 drops Lemongrass essential oil
1 drop Peppermint essential oil
2 ounces witch hazel
2 ounces water
Combine all ingredients in an empty spray bottle and shake vigorously before spritzing on your balcony, deck, or porch. Buh bye stinky smells!
4. Citronella-kissed skin
Citronella essential oil can be worn topically for a refreshing scent and a dose of moisture. Add it to your sunscreen before applying to enjoy its light, bright scent. Incorporate Citronella into your after-sun care routine or your daily skin care regimen for its moisturizing properties. Citronella also makes a great natural alternative to deodorant. Combine it with Tea Tree essential oil for added strength.
Meet Terri Bonin, the author of 31 Days to Fit, 14 Days to Ignite Your Marriage, and Live, Laugh, Love, and Laundry. Terri’s 23-year union with her favorite dentist (her husband), has been prosperous in their prolific production of 10 darling children. She also holds a degree in nutritional counseling which seems to be most frequently used to persuade her children to eat their greens. Terri’s secret pleasure is sneaking away from juggling the daily tasks, homeschooling, and dating her husband to escape to her office to write for her own enjoyment. As you can imagine she has a LOT to write about!
*Disclaimer: The information above is based on my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Statements, products, and techniques mentioned have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.