My Favorite Summer Wellness Hacks

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It’s almost the Fourth of July, so summer is officially, officially here. Today I want to share six of my favorite hacks for staying safe, healthy and happy all summer long!

Check out the products I make and use in my backyard, in the woods, at the beach and when I’m running around the city. I swear by them!

Before we jump in … don’t forget a natural, broad-spectrum sunscreen!


1. Make your own organic tick spray

Where I live, ticks are a big risk in summer. And since I love taking walks through the woods, I don’t mess around when it comes to protecting myself from them! I don’t want to douse myself in bug sprays that are loaded with synthetic chemicals like DEET, so I looked all over the internet for natural, DIY tick sprays.

One of my favorite recipes comes from the blog Mommypotamus. This homemade tick repellent spray is also awesome for keeping mosquitoes away! You can do a water-based, lotion-based, or oil-based version.

For the essential oils in the recipe, you can find the geranium oil here, the eucalyptus oil here and the lemon oil here.

Tweet: I swear by these summer wellness hacks for healthy skin, hair, digestion and more! #spiritjunkie @gabbybernstein

Here’s Heather’s recipe for the water-based tick spray, adapted to how I use it:

2 oz. apple cider vinegar or witch hazel
2 oz. water
20-40 drops geranium essential oil or lemon & eucalyptus essential oil (or a mixture)

Combine essential oil with vinegar or witch hazel and let the mixture sit for a few minutes, then stir to disperse the oil in the liquid.
Add water and pour into a spray bottle made of glass or PET plastic. Be sure to use PET plastic, because essential oils can leach chemicals from some other plastics.
Shake well and spray on your skin and clothes.

If you’re not into DIY-ing your own sprays, try natural, DEET-free mosquito and tick repellents like Repel and Hoffman’s Natural.

2. Protect your hair with coconut oil

Between the sun and salty or chlorinated water, summer can wreck your hair! I’m obsessed with keeping mine healthy. I use organic coconut oil as a hair mask — my favorite is Viva Naturals Organic. Coconut oil is super effective at preventing breakage, adding shine and moisturizing your scalp! This is an especially awesome and inexpensive treatment if you color your hair, and a huge lifesaver if you are rocking unicorn hair color this summer!

Using it is easy. Just apply it all over, pop on a shower cap or turban towel, and let it soak in for 20 minutes or up to an hour.


3. Wipe away makeup with Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleansing Cloths

I am obsessed with these Philosophy cleansing cloths! I keep a pack in my bathroom and have another one that I can toss in my purse or beach tote. They’re a super gentle way to wipe off your makeup and the grime of the city! Using them makes me feel really refreshed after being in the hot sun. You don’t need to rinse your face after using them and they won’t leave your skin feeling tight or dry. These are how I keep my pores clean and happy!


4. Infuse your water to stay hydrated and ease digestion

Here’s a super easy way to stay hydrated and be kind to your digestive system this summer so you don’t feel bloated at the beach! I love to infuse my water with fruit and herbs. At home you can use an infusion pitcher, and when you’re out and about you can bring along a BPA-free flip-top bottle with its own infuser.

To aid digestion, infuse your water with a combo of lemon and ginger. Slice 1 lemon into rounds. Peel and slice 1 small or medium-size piece of ginger. They will soothe your stomach and keep your digestive system running smoothly!

5. Soothe a sunburn with organic aloe

I always wear sunscreen and my makeup has SPF protection, but at least once a summer I end up with a little sunburn, or simply sensitive skin after a day at the beach. When that happens I reach for aloe gel.

I know it’s old-school, but it’s the best! It moisturizes and cools all at once. Plus it’s good for soothing bug bites, eczema and irritated skin.

There are tons of aloe gels out there, but one I really dig is Majestic Pure cold-pressed, organic aloe. It absorbs super fast and is really gentle.

6. Stay comfortable on the beach with a floppy hat and a lounger!

In the summer I always have my beach bag packed. Two items I’m never without are a chic hat and a lightweight beach chair to keep me lifted off the sand. I love this Marina hat by Sol A Mer because it has built-in sun protection (certified UPF 50+) and is really easy to pack! And it’s reversible, with super fun, bright colors. Use promo code GABBYLOVE for 15% off! As for lounge chairs, I dig the WearEver Hi-Back Deluxe Steel Backpack Chair because it’s lightweight and has armrests and a headrest, plus straps so you can carry it on your back.

Those are some of my favorite summer wellness hacks, Spirit Junkies! What are yours? Comment below and let me know your secrets….

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  1. Hi Gabby!
    I am so happy I found you, just started the master class 🙂 I never do things like this because I don’t want to come off as “salesy”, but after reading your book, watching tons of your videos, and now taking the master class, I know that I am not being salesy, but rather following my spirit for the highest good out of love. I am spreading helpful information and that is all, in hopes of helping someone else. so… I see above that you love organic products, which is amazing. I recently threw away all my products full of toxins and chemicals and opted for the natural, safer products myself. I found this amazing mission based company called Beautycounter. They are amazing for skin care and hair care. Me and my family all use and swear by the products. They are not only safe to use, but they actually work. You should look into them 🙂 or is mine. Wishing you all the best and continued success on your journey! So thrilled to continue mine with you!

  2. Great tips Gabby! Here’s a fav of mine. I love keeping a spritzer in my summer bag….homemade lavender facial spritzer. Takes the heat off, makes you feel cool as a cucumber and smells delish. Here in Sonoma County, CA, we have a ton of lavender growing and making a homemade spritzer is super easy. Use: 1/2 cup of distilled water, 4 drops of lavender essential oil, 1 tsp witch hazel.
    Happy Summer chica!

  3. Hi Gabby,

    After indulging a little too much on my hols (oops!), I’m looking for a great natural detox. Any suggestions?

    Jo xx

  4. I love all these tips! Here in Florida it’s summer all year round practically and so I always have beach necessities packed in the back of my car for spontaneous days st the beach or sunsets. I’ll definitely try your tick repellent too for camping and hikes. Thanks for sharing Gabby!

  5. Love these tips, but please be extra careful with the tick repellant, because lemon eo can make the skin very sun sensitive

  6. Great tips! There are higher quality oils that don’t have fillers and synthetics. Don’t trust oils at the grocery store.

  7. Hehehhe.It’s rainy season in India right now.But I had to read this blog as it is YOURS.
    I love the work you are doing and are you such an inspiration. Its my dream to meet you in person some day. You are a light worker and your work had made major differences in my life.


  8. Hi Gabby,
    Do you remember when you came to Sydney you lead us through a Kundalini meditation? You said that the thing to know is that what we were visualising would certainly happen… well, you were right and my visualisation came true! So awesome! Only problem is, I can’t remember what we did and I would love to so that I can do it again… can you remember which one it was?! Thank you so much, Charlotte

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