Y’all, I’m from a cotton mill town in east central Alabama, where the folks are friendly and the streets get rolled up at 6:00 pm. My barefoot childhood summertime memories include splashing in the creek or the hose pipe, turning the crank on the ice cream churn, daydreaming in the shade and dappled sunlight filtering through the mimosa fronds, and, let’s face it… SWEATING. We had no air conditioning in my childhood home, and a single box fan set in the window of our living room was the sole source of cooling for the family. My older sisters and I would spend hours gathered around it, making robot voices and singing into the blades, seeking refuge from the still, dense, I-doubt-that-hell-is-this-hot atmosphere typical of an Alabama summer.
Now I live on the other side of the country, in the desert, and I still love to run around outdoors (and eat ice cream). When the typically beautiful Las Vegas summer days hit the 115-degree mark, I like to whip up a bottle or two of this simple cooling spray to keep in my glove compartment or workout bag. It’s simple enough to make extras for your sweaty friends!
What you need:
- Witch hazel (the best ones are alcohol free and still contain their tannins, like Thayer’s)
- Distilled water (buy it or make your own)
- Peppermint essential oil
- Lavender essential oil
- 4 oz Spritz bottle (glass works best)
- Small funnel or steady hands
What to do:
- Add 2 ounces (4 Tbsp, or 60 mL) EACH of witch hazel and distilled water to the bottle.
- Add 8-10 drops EACH of the peppermint and lavender essential oils.
- Cap it and shake the devil out of it.
- Spray it on (avoid your face and eyes, silly people!) and feel the brisk cooling sensation!
This simple cooling spray is great for reviving your achy feet after a long day, or spray it on your chest and the back of your neck to cool down any old time you like. The light, minty scent also refreshes and uplifts the mood, and the antiseptic properties of the lavender help to fight your sweaty funk. I like to keep a bottle in the fridge for an extra blast of tingly coolness. It’s even nice for minor burns and scrapes.