Surviving Summer with Essential Oils

Summer among us and we are sharing a few of our favorite summer recipes and products using essential oils! You will LOVE the strawberry lemonade!

Summer is among us!  And I Can. Not. Wait. to enjoy backyard barbeques and pool time with friends and family.  In fact, we are hosting our first barbeque in just a few weeks for our Refuge Church family in Ann Arbor.  But there are a few things I’m going to make SURE we have on hand to make the outing a success.

First, I’m whipping up some mosquito spray.  There’s nothing worse than trying to enjoy a beautiful day while swatting at mosquitos!  I just purchased some glass spray bottles on Amazon to have on hand for these mixtures.  You can find them here.  They are the perfect size for these sprays!  Here is the recipe:

2 cups of water

5 drops of lemon essential oil

10 drops of eucalyptus

20 drops of citronella


Next, I’m having plenty of LavadermCooling Mist on hand.  This spray, you guys, it’s amazing!  Not only can you mix 20 drops of carrot seed oil to it for extra protection from those rays, but you can use it by itself for a cooling affect after too much sun exposure.  Honestly, I’m not sure what I did before I tried this!  My fair-skinned son just came in from playing outside last week covered all over in tiny bumps, which I can only assume was from overheating.  I sprayed him with Lavaderm and within 10 minutes they were gone! 

And finally, the recipe I’m most excited to serve up! 


2 cups strawberries

4 cups of water

Juice from 1 lemon

5 drops of lemon vitality oil

Honey (to your liking)

Just puree the strawberries in a blender first.  Then pour them into a glass pitcher and add all of the other ingredients.  Sweeten it up with honey to your liking and viola!  You’ve got a refreshing drink to serve!  This only serves 4 so double or triple the recipe if you’re having company! 

Looking forward to a sun-filled summer!  If you’re interested in trying some of these oils yourself, click here!  


Nikki McCullough

Nikki is a wife to Adam and a mother of two boys, Casey (13) and Carter (10).  A native to Northwest Ohio, she and her family recently uprooted and moved to Ann Arbor, MI to help plant a new church (Refuge Church) that will be launching in the Spring of 2017.    After leaving a lifelong career 5 years ago, Nikki began working from home and homeschooling her two boys.  When not carpooling the boys to martial arts classes, soccer games, and swim meets, she can be found learning more about Young Living Essential Oils and teaching others about the lifelong benefits associated with them.  

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