I am so excited to have my friend, Taylor, guest post on Carrots Are Orange. She is kicking off a series on Summer Essential Oil Tips. Taylor is a nurse living in the Bay Area. She ignited my interest and education of essential oils. Taylor is smart, witty, and a caretaker as a mom, partner, and nurse. Here is a bit more about Taylor on her blog nursefreckles.com. Enjoy this post, the first of a series in Summer with Essential Oils.
Hi everyone, I am Taylor from NurseFreckles.com. My blog brings you adventures in natural healing. I write about kids health, the outdoors, cleaning, cooking, and general health. Who the heck am I? Well, I am a mom, an ER Nurse. Enjoy this post!
Summer Essential Oil Tips
So today I am going to let everyone peak into my summer tote. My bag, equipped with essentials, of course, leaves me ready for any “emergency” that comes up during/after a fun adventure. What's in My Bag?, Nurse Freckles style promises to be far more useful than a glimpse into the movie star's bag in the latest edition of US Weekly.
My bag is not very cluttered because I am usually not a purse girl. It is sort of a running joke with my family and friends that I will show up places with a wallet (or maybe just some money and a credit card) and my phone. They keep wondering when I will grow up, but purses are just not me! Though, when my kids and I are out on an adventure, I will definitely carry a bag with healthy snacks, my phone, and of course my go-to essential oils.
Summer Essential Oil Must Haves
This is ALWAYS on my keys! It holds 8 small sample size oils. The oils may change depending on what we are doing or what emotional/physical needs require tending. I always carry: Melaleuca – to clean scraps after falling on the playground. Lavender – to soothe the pain of the scrap. OnGuard – just incase one of us starts feeling sick. Balance – for anyone *ME* who needs help grounding themselves or chilling out. Lemon – I put this in my water to keep mood and immune system high. Get a pouch. Stock the oils you may need for your kid's moods, to make the car smell good, migraines, etc.
My kids are 3 and 5. They're always falling down from a tree or off a bike. I think my 3 year old basically uses his head as a break. So we use this spray quite a bit. You can spray this on any cut, bruise or scrap and it will help clean out the bacteria. It eases pain and reduce the inflammation, which encourages faster healing!
– 15ml Brown Bottle (I reuse my empty bottles)
– Spray Top (found on Aromatools)
– 15 drops of Lavender oil
– 15 drops of Melaleuca oil
– 10 drops of Frankincense oil
– Fill the rest up with Fractionated Coconut Oil
– Shake and spray
I am a freckle faced swimmer, so I am always PRO sunscreen. I know some people out there like spray sunscreen, some choose organic, while others make their own. So yes, sunscreen is always in my bag but not pictured! But if you forgot to rub that sunscreen on a certain spot or forgot it all together this spray will save your hot, burning skin! Spray this onto your sunburned spot and rub gently. The pain and redness will go away.
– 5ml Brown Bottle (recycled bottle)
– Spray Top
– 5-10 drops of Lavender oil
– 5-10 drops of Peppermint oil
– Top off with Fractionated Coconut oil
– Shake and spray
OnGuard/Lemon Hand Sanitizer
I have never been that mom that carries the mainstream hand sanitizer. But now that I make my own, I use it all the time. Especially after playgrounds! This hand sanitizer is so simple to make, kills the bad bacteria we don't want on our hands but keeps your good bacteria around. Also, it's chemical free!
– 5 or 15ml bottle
– Spray top
– 25 drops of OnGuard Blend
– 10 drops of Lemon oil
– 2 teaspoons of Fractionated Coconut oil or Vitamin E oil
– Top off with Witch Hazel
– Shake and use
My daughter is at the stage where she wants to be a princess and that means her hair has to be REALLY long… this will probably take her until she is 20! Regardless, every morning or after any fun, crazy adventure her hair is in knots. So this hair detangler is really nice to have in your bag or at home for those wild hair mornings.
– 5 or 15 ml Bottle
– 10 drops of Lavender oil
– 2 teaspoons of Fractionated Coconut oil
– Top off with water
– Shake and spray
Mom Hair Necessity
As I said above I am a swimmer, so even though my hair is cut into a pixie style it is always a bit dry from the chlorine. This Root to Tip Serum is a MUST!! Even if you aren't a swimmer, sun, saltwater, hair color, or just daily living dries our hair out. This serum doesn't make my hair oily at all. It has a great smell of lavender, peppermint and eucalyptus. After the shower I massage this through my hair. It leaves my hair smelling awesome and feeling soooo soft!
Motion sickness doesn't get anyone but my daughter. Without failure, driving to Lake Tahoe on the windy mountain roads, she will start groaning about feeling sick. So, if you are off on an adventure by car, boat, or plane you may want to keep at least one of these close or even put this in your key chain!
- Ginger Oil
- DigestZen Blend
- Peppermint Oil
**For kids and babies please remember to dilute in a carrier oil, Then you can rub it on their feet, bellies or even behind their ears. IF the whole car is getting sick, put a drop or two on the air conditioner vent. Let the cold air diffuse the oil throughout the car to settle everyone's stomach! If mom or dad are getting woozy, put a drop of any of these in your water and sip!
I hope this peek into my summer bag was helpful and gave you all some good ideas on what to bring along on your summer adventures!
Thanks for reading! Come and visit my blog nursefreckles.com!