Unless you’ve been totally unplugged (in which case, welcome back to the digital world), you’ve probably seen the hype about essential oils. People claim all kinds of medical benefits and awesome cures, but it’s hard to nail down how factual the claims are. If nothing else, we can confirm they smell good.
If you’ve purchased your own set of essential oils and aren’t quite sure how to use them, summer is the perfect time to make them worth the money. It turns out there are all sorts of uses that are summer-specific. For example, a citronella bug spray, a tea tree yoga mat cleaner or even something as simple as a spearmint breath spray.
Do keep in mind that people respond differently to oils, so you’ll want to be careful to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when it comes to dilution and adding carrier oils, and you may want to talk to your doctor and do small test areas on your skin when applying oils topically. And since we are talking about summer, know that essential oils can have a different effect on the skin when exposed to sunlight (called phototoxicity), so be sure to research the oil you’re using thoroughly or better yet, run it by your doctor.
We’ve rounded up some of the best, totally reasonable ways to make the $80 you dropped on an oil seem worth it.