With warm weather on its way it’s time to do an oily assessment and rethink how you do summer! Check out these simple Do-It-Yourself recipes that are essential to any summer party.
Normally when those pesky mosquitoes start buzzing around the backyard or the campfire you’d reach for your nearest off the shelf, DEET filled repellent. Try a homemade option this summer and experience the difference. Essential oils known to help with bugs include peppermint, melaleuca, geranium, lemon, rosemary, lemongrass, thyme, spearmint, and citronella. Combine 3-4 drops of oils of your choosing with 2-4 oz of distilled water in a glass container. Try mixing and matching and combining into a spray just for you, be sure though never to exceed 4 drops per mixture. Shake well and apply!
Essential Oils Infused Toothpicks
Who doesn’t love a flavored toothpick after a good meal? It’s a great way to freshen your mouth and get rid of ugly bits in your teeth. With essential oils, the taste is stronger and does a better job of freshening your breath. For this you’ll need a 4 oz glass salve, organic vegetable oil and essential oil. Put about 100 toothpicks into the 4 oz glass salve and add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. Add about 20-40 drops of essential oils depending on your desired strength. Almost any oil will work; some preferred favorites include peppermint, spearmint, lemon, orange, cinnamon and so many more! Close the salve, ensuring the lid is fasten securely and shake vigorously for about 30-60 seconds. Store the bottles out of direct sunlight and let the toothpicks soak for 6-8 hours minimum, 24 hours for best results. After the allotted soaking time, remove the toothpicks with sanitized tweezers and lay them out on a paper towel to dry. Allow them to dry for 24 hours for best results. After the toothpicks are dry, store them in an airtight container and enjoy!
Nothing completes a backyard barbecue like a cold glass of lemonade. Keep it simple with 4 cups water, juice from 1 fresh squeezed lemon, 5 drops of lemon essential oil and a touch of agave nectar or honey to add some taste. Chill and add lemon or lime slices as need. For a unique taste, try adding one or two drops of spearmint or lime, as well as a few spearmint leaves for a refreshing respite from the summer heat.