Three years ago, Brad and I ended up in Key West unexpectedly for a week. Long story short – make sure your passport isn’t expired before you check in for an international flight. We got into the Key West airport and I sat on my phone trying to figure out where we would be staying for the next week. We ended up at The Reach which was a GORGEOUS hotel. Every afternoon, the workers at the pool and beach would bring around frozen eucalyptus towels which felt amazing in the sweltering sun (did I mention this was middle of July?).
Seattle is in an unusual heat-wave currently and it made me think back to those towels and how nice they would feel. They are really easy to make, just take a bit of patience.
Frozen Eucalyptus Towels
First, start with some washcloths. I raided my linen closet and grabbed both washcloths and a couple bar mop towels. It doesn’t really matter what type of towels you use, they just need to be able to soak up liquid (so don’t use microfiber).
Next, put a couple cups of water in a container (I used a rectangular Rubbermaid). Add about 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil to the water and stir.
One at a time, submerge the towel in the water-oil mixture, and squeeze out the excess liquid. Fold in half then roll it in the opposite direction so they look like little burritos.
Place on a cookie sheet in a single layer and place them in the freezer.
Freeze until solid (it took mine a couple hours).
To enjoy, place the frozen towel on your face, head, or wherever you need a bit of cooling. I found that it is better to use it rolled up and slowly unroll it as it thaws as opposed to trying to open it up right away because the coolness lasted longer that way.
Brad and I would LOVE to return to Key West sometime (maybe when we’re not planning the trip from the airport). Some friends and I are dreaming of going to Tortuga National Park for some amazing snorkeling,
How do you stay cool during heat waves?