How to choose essential oils for summer How to choose essential oils for summer

How to choose essential oils for summer

When it comes to summer, essential oils can make a wonderful addition to any activity.


Gardening, picnicking, swimming and vacationing are just a few of the items on blissfully busy summer to-do schedules. Essential oils provide many ways to prepare for, enhance and recover from all of these seasonal activities. Green growing and blooming botanicals are the scents of summer; aromas that are uplifting, refreshing and enlivening. Summer scents inspire us to inhale, take action and express vitality and optimism as we embrace this active season.  Discover how to use essential oils for summer activities.


With an aroma a bit like an herb garden after a summer rain shower, basil's gently activating properties can enhance diffusions and air fresheners.


Roman, German and Wild: the bright, fruity-floral scents of the chamomiles add calming, nurturing benefits to summertime diffusions and skin care applications.

Citronella, Lemongrass, Lemon Balm, Lemon Eucalyptus, May Chang and Palmarosa

Grassy-fresh scents resembling green lemons. These oils are great for freshening and protecting diffusions and skin care applications on sultry summer evenings.


Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin Orange, Sweet Orange and Tangerine: juicy, sweet, fruity scents add a summery sweetness to air fresheners and diffusions for uplifting effect.


The rosy, green-herbal scent of geranium adds a balancing freshness to summertime body care applications like washes, lotions, mists and skin care oils.


With a sunny scent resembling herb-infused honey, helichrysum provides a galvanizing emotional benefit and a fortifying benefit to skin care applications.


Adding just a drop or two of jasmine's intensely floral radiance to seasonal patio sprays and body mists will sweeten their aromas.


This indispensable calming soother is a must for any summer-weary skin application. Pair it with aloe vera gel or extract for a winning skin care combination.


Also known as orange flower essence, neroli possesses a spicy, green-floral note that enhances all summertime skin care care applications.


Otto and Absolute: Nothing comes close to the rich and radiant aroma of summertime flowering rose, which also offers outstanding nourishing benefits in skin care applications. Try it in overnight applications of facial care during the summer months such as a water based facial mist or jojoba oil based facial oil.

Ylang Ylang

Exotically floral ylang ylang adds a calming, soothing note to any summer skin care application. Try making a traditional South Pacific hair dressing of a dab of coconut oil and a few drops of ylang ylang.


Authored by:  Charlynn Avery - Aura Cacia Aromatherapist & Sr. Wellness Education Manager and Wellness Lifestyle Enthusiast