Summer is coming!
We are all looking forward to spend summer in that place and with those people we love. Don’t underestimate the power of making a list. We have prepared for you some essentials of what you’ll need for your trip in addition to your list. This list will help you get extra relaxed and have a wonderful summer holiday, wherever the final destination may be.
1. 101 Essential Oils for Holiday
Essential oil for nausea – Peppermint oil has been found to be effective for treating many kinds of stomach issues, including nausea. You can put 2-3 drops into your hand, rub them together and cup them over your nose. Avoid touching the nose as peppermint oil is very strong. Inhale throughout the day when needed. Or you can place a warm compress with 1-2 drops of Peppermint oil over the back or the stomach to ease the nausea.
You can buy Peppermint Oil in our online store.
Essential oil for relaxation – Lavender oil can be used as a relaxing room fragrance. You can put 8-10 drops of Lavender oil onto a cotton ball or tissue (and hotel rooms always have these around) and put it in front of the air conditioning (if you can slip it in front of the filter). For more direct use, place 2-3 drops onto a cotton ball and leave next to your pillow.
You can buy Lavender Oil in our online store.
2. Be SunSafe
If you are planning to enjoy your holiday at higher climes, you have to ensure you are protected from the sun. Everybody enjoys being in the sun. Its comfortable warm radiance is what makes summer special. However, too much exposure to sunlight can have some detrimental effects on your wellbeing. Therefore, we suggest you to protect yourself from UV. There a few ways to do that:
- Wear sunglasses with UV protection. Too much exposure to UV light can increase the risks of eye diseases, such as cataract, growths on the eye, and cancer.
- Protect your skin by frequently applying sun cream. Everyone enjoys getting a natural glowing tan. Your body loves receiving vitamin D from the sun as it helps with normal bone formation. However, too much exposure can cause sun burn, and with frequent and prolonged exposure, the risk of skin cancer will be increased. It is best to apply sunscreen during any season 15 to 30 minutes before going out and reapply every 2 hours to ensure optimum protection.
- Avoid the sun around between 10 AM and 3 PM. It is best to stay indoor as long as possible during this time period because the sun’s damage will be the highest. If you can’t avoid the sun, you can put on a fashionable sunhat and cover yourself with a summer scarf.
3. Boost Up Your System
According to our TCM Dr. Grace Yu, summer means: heat, digestive problems, and oily skin with clogged pores or even acne. She recommends to drink a natural and healthy herbal tea to detox your body and improve blood circulation.
How to make your own detox herbal tea:
Mix together: Mangnolia officinalis (厚朴) 3g, Fructus Aurantii Immaturus (枳實) 3g, Radix Angelicae Sinensis (當歸) 2g, Salvia miltiorrhiza (丹蔘) 2g, and Dandelion (蒲公英) 1g. Boil the mix with 500cl water and let it cook for another 10 minutes. Enjoy the herbal tea while it is hot.
In order to balance your diet, Dr. Grace Yu also recommends you to include the following foods:
- Cucumber (黃瓜): helps to detox your body and is an amazing way to hydrate your body without any extra effort.
- Jew’s ear (木耳): facilitates with cleaning blood vessels and detoxes your lungs.
- Job’s tear (生苡仁): is a healthy and refreshing food that supports the spleen and the stomach.
4. Bug-Proof Yourself
One of the most bugging annoyances on a holiday in higher climes are those insects that pester us. It’s especially frustrating if you face the dilemma to either cover up in the blazing heat or take the risk of getting bitten.
Luckily, there are plenty of insect repellents on the market. Additionally, it is possible to make your own insect repellent with natural ingredients, such as the Purification Oil (try out our recipe for DIY insect repellent!). This ensures that your skin will not be affected while being protected against insect bites.
5. Put Your Best Face Forward
Traveling may be very tiresome for your skin. Especially, the air in the airplane may quickly dry out your skin and make it feel itchy and flaky even after the flight. Here are some tips on avoiding a dull complexion and keeping your skin hydrated all summer long:
- Pack along a thermal water hydration spray to keep it hydrated during your flight.
- In addition to your daily skin care products, finish your skin care routine with a natural hydrating facial mask (try out our DIY Nourishing and Rejuvenating Facial Mask!)