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Being able to spend the day at the beach is such a treat, but it does require some planning to make sure you have a great time while there and after you’ve left. The beach environment can be harsh on skin and hair, and while most people do not associate bugs with the beach, they are always surprised to find the occasional swarm or irritating pest. Prepare for your next beach day with essential oils that will help keep your mind off the sun, bugs and any discomfort and let you enjoy the waves and the sand.
These are some of the best essential oils for a beach day because they come in handy for so many different situations.
Helichrysum essential oil is the main sunscreen oil you should be using, making up most natural sunscreen combinations and used for hundreds of years as a natural skin care ingredient. Add it to a carrier oil and either rub into the skin or spray on before you sit out on the beach, and while you are on the sand.
In addition to Helichrysum, Lavender needs to be in your natural sunscreen to help protect the skin and soothe it at the same time. Lavender is a great essential oil for irritated skin, keeping any burning sensation to a minimum. At the end of the day, its great with a little aloe vera gel to help repair any damaged skin or used in a bath to soothe skin that might’ve been chapped by the wind or rubbed by the sand.
It is important to listen to our bodies and recognize when we’ve had enough sun for one day or are perhaps dehydrated. To help soothe any headaches or migraines while you rehydrate or take to the shade, add a drop of peppermint essential oil to the temples or the neck where you can breathe it in. Peppermint opens up everything and instantly soothes and calms when those neck muscles start constricting.
Citronella essential oil is the best choice to help with sand flies and gnats that either bite, or swarm around making you uncomfortable. On a windy day, the gnats are manageable, because they aren’t able to swarm sunbathers, but sand flies will go where there is flesh to bite. Set up a small diffuser, treat a couple personal items that won’t be getting wet, or even add a couple drops to a bandana that can be tied to your lounge chair or sun umbrella.