Midsummer or Litha 

A Summer Comfort Kit


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Making and Using a Divining Rod


Litha Correspondences

Litha / Summer Solstice Ritual

History of Litha (MidSummer)



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A Summer Comfort Kit

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Summer time and the livin’ is easy! School’s out, clothes are light and airy, there are graduations and weddings to celebrate, long hazy days, ice cream cones, lemonade and salads. It’s good to be able to spend time outdoors, too, doing “"summery "” things - boating, hiking through woods or mountains and sunbathing on the beach. I love the summer! But wait.... hiking in the woods means insect bites, sunbathing often means sunburn - then there’s poison ivy and - well you get the idea. So summer has its drawbacks - insect bites and sunburn can be uncomfortable - not to mention the aching muscles from that exercise ...err... I mean fun! Well, I’ve got just the thing - I call it a Summer Comfort Kit. It contains essential oils to deal with these common summer afflictions safely and naturally.

So, let’s begin. Get a small box or a drawstring pouch to hold your kit. Gather together:
  • Wound dressings - bandages, gauze strips, and butterfly bandages
  • Miscellaneous - small scissors, Q-tips, Tweezers, Thermometer
  • Clean cloth for compresses (hot and cold), or to clean the area to be treated
  • Band aids
  • A carrier oil
  • Aloe vera gel to soothe burns - barbecue or sunburn!
Now for the Essential Oils
Many essential oils have multiple uses, so you’ll only need a few to be able to treat such things as cuts, bruises, burns, insect bites, headache, infection, sunburn, stomach ache, and nausea.
  • Tea Tree oil is antifungal and antiseptic - great for burns, athletes foot, poison ivy, scrapes, cuts and insect bites or stings (also head lice - but we won’t go there!). Tea tree can be applied without a carrier oil, so it’s easy peasy! For tick bites, apply after tick is removed, never before.
  • Lavender oil combats allergies, bruises, burns, headaches, insect bites, muscle aches, sunburn and insomnia. Mix Lavender with Aloe gel to ease scrapes and scratches.
  • Geranium oil is antiseptic, antifungal, and stops bleeding. Use on cuts, sores and fungal infections. It’s said to improve the appearance of cellulite - very desirable in swimsuit season!
  • Peppermint oil eases indigestion, vomiting, fever, gas, headaches or abdominal cramps. It’s also a great pick-me-up. A drop on a tissue, paced in the car air vent will ease travel sickness and fatigue (also clears sinuses when inhaled directly)

That’s the basic kit, but if you want a deluxe version, add one or two more oils and make some blends. The first “"extra"” I would recommend is - - Chamomile oil. A natural anti-inflammatory for swelling, bruising. The next “"extra"” for your deluxe kit is - - Lemon oil. Lemon (or a lemon - peppermint blend) repels mosquitoes, stops bleeding and is anti-bacterial. Mix it with distilled water in a spray bottle for a disinfectant. Put 1-2 drops on a bleeding wound. CAUTION: Lemon oil can cause a photosensitive reaction on skin exposed to sunlight.

Now let’s take a look at how these ingredients can be used:
Essential oils can be administered in a variety of ways such as sprays, baths, compresses, directly or as massage oils. They can also be worn as ‘"preventative perfumes"’ each day. Two of the biggest summertime problems are bug bites and sunburn.

Insect Bites and Stings
Repel bugs and treat bites with lavender, peppermint and tea tree oils. Mix a few drops of the oil or blend with a carrier, and apply to skin to repel insects.
Bite Be Gone! Mix equal parts of tea tree and peppermint oils and dilute with a carrier oil. Store airtight. Apply as required to relieve pain. For children under six dilute further in a tablespoon of water per drop.

Aloe vera gel is wonderfully soothing
Sunburn Balm Mix Lavender or Tea Tree Oil with Aloe
Sunburn Spray Mix 6 drops each of Lavender and Peppermint, and 3 drops each of Chamomile and Geranium with 1 Tbls alcohol and put into a cup of water. Spray on.

For Cuts, Scrapes, Burns, etc.:
Tea tree and lavender are soothing and antiviral. Use to treat infection in cuts and scrapes or to soothe blisters. The oils should not be applied directly to open wounds.
Antiseptic Wound Spray Mix 5 drops each of lemon, and tea tree oils in a spray bottle. Add ½ cup of aloe vera gel and ½ cup of distilled water. Cap and shake well. Shake again before each use. It may sting a bit, but it works.
For Burns Aloe vera is great, or mix 10 drops lavender and ½ oz apple cider vinegar and add to a bath or dilute with chilled water in a 2 oz. spray bottle to cool a burn.
A General Purpose First_Aid Spray 5 drops each of Lavender and Tea Tree (and 2 drops of Cypress if you have it) 1 cup of water. Mix oils into ½ tsp salt. Put the salt and water into a spray bottle and shake well.

Bruises and/or Muscle Aches
Peppermint will soothe aches, relieve soreness, and strengthen sore muscles.

Headaches and Stress
Stress Reliever Blend 6 drops each of chamomile and lavender, and 3 drops each of lemon and geranium. Pour into a warm bath. Or mix with 2 cups water in a spray bottle.

Headache Soothers Use 6 drops of the ‘"Stress Reliever"’ blend in 2 tablespoons of carrier oil and massage temples, back of neck, forehead, and behind the ears to relieve a head-ache. You can use peppermint and/or lavender in the same way or by inhaling the aroma.

Stomach Ache and Indigestion
Stomach ache, travel sickness, nausea heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, gas and bloating can all be treated with peppermint. It supports the digestive system and calms nausea.

“Smelling Salts” for Heat Stroke.
The symptoms of heat stroke are dizziness, blurred vision, nausea and faintness. This blend, will clear your head, improve circulation and dispel dizziness. Put 2 tsps of rock salt to a small airtight jar. Add 20 drops of lavender oil and cap. The salt soaks up the oil and keeps the scent strong. To use it, open the jar and breathe deeply several times. To cool off, dilute 10 drops lavender and ½ oz apple cider with chilled water in a 2 oz. spray bottle. Or add a drop of Peppermint oil to a glass of water.

For Poison Plant Rashes: Blend 6 drops each of lavender and tea tree, with 3 drops each of chamomile, and geranium in a cup of water. Spray on or use in a bath with sea salt. Or add 4 drops of the oil blend to 1 tablespoon of carrier oil to rub onto affected area.

In summer time, the skin becomes more porous (to soak up the rays and allow increased perspiration). This sensitivity can mean razor burn. Try this blend. After Shave Special Put 4 drops Geranium, 3 drops each of Lemon and Chamomile and 2 drops Lavender, into one quart of water in a spray bottle. Spritz the area after shaving. Or, use the same blend as a massage oil - just use 2 tablespoons of carrier oil, aloe vera gel instead of the water. Massage a little into the shaved area.

You can put the blends in small bottles for your Comfort Kit. Keep out of reach of children. Also, keep essential oils away from light, dampness and heat, all of which will cause them to deteriorate. Mark your container clearly “"First Aid Kit"”.

Enjoy your summer, and deal with the nuisance factor the natural way!


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By Sylvia Richards 29th May 2010

NOTE: The writer is not a medical professional. The information in this article is provided for educational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice. Consult a trained doctor or aromatherapist before attempting any treatment. We are not responsible for any misuse of information posted on this site.


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