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essential oils: summer

essential oils: summer

Mosquito and Tick Repellents for the body: Most of these are first made with approximately 10% solution of essential oil to carrier oil. That solution is then added to approximately 1 cup of water. Put in spray bottle. As with ANYTHING one puts on their skin it should be tested by applying to small part of arm to check any reactions. Shake before each use as spray. This solution should be used in one day so plan accordingly and do not make more than you can use in a given day. (The reason for this is they do not have a preservative in them. It is the carrier oil and not the essential oil that could cause shelf life issues. Some people use vodka as a natural preservative. Instead of just water one would use 50% water and 50% vodka, giving the solution up to one month of shelf life.) These homemade oil solutions must be applied approximately every one and a half to two hours for effectiveness. Home remedies that are too concentrated can be irritating and strong-smelling. Everyone is different. Start with small amounts suggested and work up to stronger solutions. Once you have figured out the right recipe for you, keep it as you would any recipe and use it for years.

  • Lemongrass and Geranium oils mixed with coconut and/or soybean oils.
  • Lemon and Eucalyptus in Carrier Oil (Keep in mind that any time lemon or any citrus oil is used on skin, the sun should be avoided as it can cause more severe sunburn)
  • Cedarwood, Lemongrass, and Citronella

Any and all of these can be mixed with Citronella for even better results. Citronella alone is not a good repellent but when mixed with essential oils it is dynamite to insects!

(If you do not want to make your own, check out these natural mosquito repellents: "Bite Blocker" made with Geranium Oil and Soybean Oil - over ninety minutes protection. "Buzz Away Extreme" - seven hours protection. Buzz Away ingredients: Active Ingredient: Citronella Oil 5%. Inert Ingredients 95%. Buzz Away also contains pure essential oils of Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Water, Denatured ethyl alcohol, Modified castor oil to make it water soluable. No petrochemicals, preservatives or other toxins. Also available is "Repel Lemon Eucalyptus" - 120 minutes of protection against mosquitos.) These store bought have the advantages of no preparation and better shelf life. The only disadvantage is that some have an ethyl alcohol added for preservation that may dry some skin.

Other Aid:

  • Lavender Oil can be used for skin irritations such as blisters and minor wounds, campfire burn, sunburn, sore muscles, and bug bites (for any of these "ailments" mix with aloe for even more soothing and for bug bites mix with tea tree for extra anti-bacterial protection)
  • Peppermint Oil is great when the body doesn't adjust well to the strange foods you eat while in the great outdoors. Best is to put about 5 or so drops, as everyone differs, in 4 oz of water and drink right down. Feel the relief immediately.
  • Lavender and Ylang Ylang are the best oils to use when having trouble sleeping. Perhaps the cot is too bumpy or the night is too quiet? A few drops of each added to a spray bottle filled with water makes a wonderful spritz for the tent or cabin. Doesn't hurt to drink a little chamomile tea just before bedtime as well. Night Night!
  • Eucalyptus Oil helps when warm days and cool nights create stuffy noses. Helps as an aid for breathing better during allergy time as well. And bonus, spiders don't like it either!
  • Both lemongrass and clary sage will help to ease those sore muscles after a long day of playing in the sunshine.
  • Any favorite oil for aromatherapy for stress. Yes, even vacation can be stressful and there is nothing like your favorite aroma to put you at ease. Don't have a favorite? Try the Lavender and/or Ylang Ylang as it seems to be a favorite of many.

Spend a lot of time with family and friends and play hard. Don't worry, your oils have got your back (and feet and arms and shoulders...) Have fun.

***All of the information that we compile here is what we do with essential oils or what our friends or colleagues do with oils and is not meant to be medical advice but be a guide as to how essential oils can benefit people. We only endorse the use of THERAPEUTIC GRADE ESSENTIAL OILS. If you do not know what a therapeutic grade is then please ask us! Just as with anything that one puts in, on, or around their body, these can cause reactions in certain people. Never put any oil full strength, without a carrier oil, on a child. Please see past articles for more information about children and oils. Also, start out slowly whenever trying anything new. Any other questions please call us!

j.m.s.

  
 

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