Those steamy summer nights are here. The ones filled with outdoor fun with your neighborhood friends, lit by fireflies and filled with laughter. It’s such a special time of year, and everyone looks forward to it all year long. With all of the beautiful things that come with this season, there are also some not so delightful aspects of it, too. The bugs are swarming, the sun is as hot as ever, and we’re so used to grabbing for the bug spray and sunblock on a regular basis. There are a lot of extra chemicals floating around us this summer.
Staying inside to avoid the sun and insect bites is undoubtedly out of the question — there is too much fun to be had — so I just had to share a few of my tried-and-true tips to enjoy summer in the most natural way possible, sans the chemical extras so many slathers on their skin this season.
While I go through a few of my personal tips on how to avoid as many chemicals as possible this year, I’d love for you to tell me in the comments below what your absolute favorite part of summer is and share your tips for avoiding chemicals.
Sunscreen alternatives: If at all possible, choosing to stay covered with clothing and in a shaded area can help you to avoid overusing sunscreen. Wearing white clothing helps to reflect the sun, which can also help keep you cooler in the heat. Many oils have a natural SPF, such as coconut oil, sesame oil, and carrot seed oil, to name a few. Look this up when you have some free time, it’s so interesting, and you may find a great alternative that you already have in your cupboard.
There are also some natural sunscreens you can find at your local health food store, or even online. Staying safe in the sun is incredibly important, so discover an option that works best for you, and enjoy those outdoor summer days safely.
Bug repellent for around house: Did you know that there are loads of plants that naturally repel bugs? For example, lavender is beautiful, smells fantastic and repels insects. Basil is another bug repelling plant that you can also use to make your dinner dishes more flavorful. Mint and Rosemary are among other herbs that also double as bug repellants.
There are countless options just like these to plant around your yard, have hanging on your porch and adorning your entryways to keep the bugs outside and away from your space.
These outdoor adventures are what memories are made of, and with these simple tips, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying them most comfortably and naturally as possible.