If the season of summer could talk, this year it would announce, in an extremely loud voice, “I'VE ARRIVED.”
But the temperature's not the only thing that’s cranking up. It’s a safe bet that home and office air conditioners are running full blast. And so begins the annual summer war that’s waged by two separate factions:
- Those who are too hot.
- Those who are too cold.
Don’t Touch That Dial
Many businesses keep thermostats shielded in little plastic covers that are locked to prevent employees from fiddling with them. In one of my previous workplaces there were no locked covers. Instead, there were memos from the maintenance man warning of severe repercussions for anyone who chose to take climate control matters into their own hands. While the memos had great entertainment value, locks would have been a better deterrent.
At that particular workplace the thermostat for one of the building’s zones happened to be in my office. A few coworkers told me I was lucky; after all, possession is nine-tenths of the law so I owned that thermostat. I could control the office temps in our part of the building with a flick of my index finger.
However, when I left my office for longer than 30 minutes, upon my return someone would almost always stop by to inquire about a dramatic fluctuation in our zone's temperature. Together we would investigate the thermostat on my wall and usually discover that it had been moved five to seven degrees in either direction, depending on the goal of the perpetrator who snuck into my office during my absence.
So Cool, it’s Hot. So Hot, it’s Cool
There has to be a better way to handle the thermostat war – at the office and at home. And there is. Naturally.
While thoughts of peppermint may evoke feelings of warmth in December during the holidays, it’s also great for hot summer days.
In the vernacular of an aromatherapist, essential oil of peppermint is known as an adaptogen. In other words, it adapts to your situation. Peppermint is one of those oils that will warm you up when you're cold, and it will cool you down when you’re hot.
Benefits of Peppermint
Essential oils are used in the creation of perfumes, soaps and in all types of consumer products such as toothpaste. In aromatherapy, pure essential oils are used to enhance our overall wellbeing.
Peppermint is used by many as an effective, all-natural way to combat the fluctuation in your environment’s temps, whether you’re at home or work. Consider keeping a bottle of Peppermint Spritzer (directions for making it are below) on your nightstand at home or on the corner of your desk at work. Spritz the space immediately surrounding you, as needed.
If you decide to make yourself a peppermint spritzer, be sure to use a good quality essential oil. So many are mass produced and watered down with chemicals – so be careful. You want the real thing. (I recommend and offer this essential oil of peppermint.)
Essential oil of peppermint is also recognized for its rejuvenating and refreshing properties, so another benefit of your spritzer is that it just might help to lift your spirits and improve your focus.
How to make a Peppermint Spritzer
Items you'll need
- 4 oz. amber colored or cobalt blue colored glass bottle with a sprayer (you can usually find these glass bottles at the health food store)
- 10 drops of a high-quality essential oil of peppermint
- Distilled water
- Add enough water to almost fill the bottle, but not enough to make the water overflow when you place the sprayer inside.
- Add 10 drops of essential oil of peppermint to the water.
- Insert the sprayer into the bottle and your blend is ready to use.
*How to use
- Shake well before spraying.
- Spritz the immediate space around you, as needed, so as not to intrude on others who may not appreciate the peppermint scent.
This summer, when family members or co-workers complain about being too hot or too cold, declare a ceasefire and forward them this blog post.
Here’s wishing you one hot, cool summer.
*(Please use common sense caution, especially if you have sensitivities, are pregnant or ill. Keep away from your eyes. Also keep the Peppermint Spritzer out of reach of children and pets—and anyone who may be allergic.)