Horses and the Summer


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Bugs, heat, early morning and late evening lessons. It’s summer at the barn!

I’ve found myself turning over and over again to a refreshing essential oil blend I created. It’s made with cooling peppermint in a water and alcohol base in a 2 ounce misting spray bottle that can fit in my pocket. I don’t know if I could get through a Saturday morning of therapeutic riding lessons without it! The spray cuts through the sweat and grimy feel and keeps me smelling amazing. Want the recipe? I’m glad you asked and am happy to share! Here it is …


2 ounce spray bottle that is safe for essential oil use (glass is best but I do use plastic and buy mine from an essential oil website).

Add the following essential oils (I use oils from doTerra and

15 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

10 drops Bergamot Mint Essential Oil

5 drops Wild Orange Essential Oil

5 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

5 drops Clary Sage Essential Oil

Add all the essential oils to the bottle then fill it 2/3 of the way with distilled water and the remaining 1/3 of the way with Everclear Alcohol (this helps mix the essential oils with the water and provides fast evaporation).

To Use: Shake well, close eyes, and hold 12-15 inches away and lightly spritz face, neck and chest. I like using it under my arms and on the back of my neck too. Of course use caution around eyes, although this blend has never caused me any problems, you may want to cover your eyes as you spray your face.

This mix will help you stay cool whether it’s a menopausal hot flash or a steamy summer day! Bonus, it helps repel insects too!

Storage Tips: Store essential oils and blends out of direct sunlight. Also avoid extreme heat (i.e. don’t store the bottle in your car in the summer) and when not using, I like to store blends in the refrigerator to extend their shelf life. What is the shelf life? Check your individual essential oil bottles or the manufacturers website.

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And don’t keep this to yourself, pass this information along to others, enjoy your horses and stay cool this summer!

One thought on “Horses and the Summer

  1. I have found it extremely difficult to stay comfortable while teaching, riding and working in the barn. Will definitely try this thank you

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