No doubt, the 4th can either be a lot of fun or a total nightmare. This is probably one of our favorite holidays, and one we used to really go all out for, so we’ve literally experienced it all. Remind me sometime to tell you what happens when you put a firework in a rocket launcher upside down. Also remind me why you should never, ever, ever buy cheap fireworks during a drought. And don’t forget to ask how funny it is to see your father-in-law scale a brick wall faster than a lizard to put out a brush fire. And then not be able to get back over the wall. (Adrenaline for the win.) Food, laughs, fireworks…bellyaches, loudness, pollution, burns. It’s not fun for everyone, all the time.  Please consider your neighbors and your pets, whether you’re staying in or going out. 

Here are the oils I’d recommend having on hand…

  1. DigestZen – If anyone has eaten too much – or drank too much – this one will come in handy quick.
  2. Lavender – When your skin comes into contact with a sparkler….ouch. Dab some lavender on it while you assess if you’re taking kids to Quick Care.
  3. Breathe – Anyone with respiratory concerns can find all the smoke to be overwhelming. Breathe can help with that.
  4. Calming oils – Whether past trauma, especially for soldiers, makes the explosions too much to handle, or you have dogs that can’t tolerate the noise, calming oils like these can help…use them aromatically leading up to the events, add 1-2 drops topically over the chest, back of neck and throat (or dilute and use on doggie paws) during the events, and continue using afterwards too.
    • Lavender
    • Marjoram
    • Roman Chamomile
    • Serenity
    • Balance
    • Vetiver
    • Look for recipes that combine a few of these too!
  5. Cooking oils – These can help with upset bellies from eating too much or just add some health benefits to all that food. Use them in place of your regular recipes, starting with VERY small amounts so you don’t overpower your dish – it doesn’t take much. (Heat will diminish some of the therapeutic properties.)
    • Basil
    • Bergamot
    • Black Pepper
    • Cumin
    • Cardamom
    • Cilantro
    • Cinnamon
    • Clove
    • Coriander
    • Dill
    • Fennel
    • Ginger
    • Grapefruit
    • Lavender (like these cupcakes!)
    • Lemon
    • Orange
    • Oregano
    • Peppermint
    • Rosemary
    • Spearmint
    • Thyme
  6. Correct-X – This is a blend of oils in an ointment base and is amazing for dabbing on minor scrapes….like when the kids keep running around and tripping over things.

There are obviously plenty more essential oils for the 4th of July that you can keep on hand, but these are the ones we’re taking with us this weekend.

What about you? Share your favorite holiday oils in the comments!