It is summer here in Texas which means HOT. Being an outdoor person, I’m using tools in the toolkit to stay cool while still enjoying the outdoors. Here are some strategies:
- Get in the water. We are fortunate to have a pool in the back yard, so I get in the pool after work and have something cool to drink. It is a good way to exercise in this heat, and it makes me feel cool the rest of the evening. I can do water aerobics in my backyard pool. For some serious exercise, I do laps in our neighborhood pool. A great way to cool down and work in a new exercise at the same time.
- How much water should you drink in a day? The 8 X 8 rule is easy to remember and a good place to start—Drink eight 8 ounce glass a water each day. But with heat and exercise, your body needs more. A good way to determine if you are well-hydrated is to pay attention to the color of your urine when you urinate. If it is dark yellow, your urine is very concentrated and you need more hydration. Work on keeping your urine clear to very light yellow. Also, remember that caffeine and alcohol dehydrate your body, so drink less of these when trying to stay hydrated.
- Stay in the air conditioning during the hottest times of the day. I love being outside and during the summer I still go outdoors, but in the early morning and late evening. We took a recent hike in Palo Duro Canyon in July – but we started the hike when it was 68 deg F at 7:00am, and finished our hike a little after 9:00am when it was already 90+ deg F.
- Use essential oils support – Since I’m still outdoors some in the summer, I make use of essential oil blends to stay cool and keep the bugs away. Below is my recipe for citronella-based outdoor spray to stay annoyance-free. I add some peppermint for the cooling effect on the skin. See my blog post (Mosquito Strategy) for more tips on keeping the mosquitos away. Cooling spray is great for skin after being in the sun, or just to help cool your body down. It contains lavender, which soothes skin and peppermint, a natural cooling agent. I add aloe vera, witch hazel and water.
- Wear a hat. It’s been said “He who wears a hat lives a long life.” I’m not sure who said it, but this makes sense. A hat protects from the elements in the cold and the heat. In summers, a wide-brimmed hat protects your face and neck from the sun. I wore one when I hiked at Palo Duro Canyon recently.
See recipes below:
Natural Outdoor Spray Recipe
Pinch of salt
10 drops of Purification (Young Living blend)
8 drops of Thieves
8 drops of Peppermint
8 drops of Lemongrass or Citronella
8 drops of Eucalyptus (Lemon Eucalyptus if you have it)
1 oz natural witch hazel (preservative)
Add distilled water to almost the top of the bottle.
4 oz glass spray bottle (http://www.abundanthealth4u.com or Amazon)
Directions. Add salt to bottle, and then add essential oils and witch hazel. Add water last, filling to almost the top. Shake well and spray as needed on body or even around home to avoid annoyances.
After Sun and Cooling Spray
2 Tbsp Aloe Vera Gel
1 tsp Everclear or vodka (or witch hazel) for preservative
10 drops Lavender Oil
10 drops Peppermint Oil
4 oz glass spray bottle (Abundant Health or Amazon)
Instructions: Add aloe vera gel to spray bottle. Then add essential oils and distilled water. Shake well to mix and spray on skin as needed. Avoid eyes.