Summer is upon us and the days have started warming up already – and I can tell you so have those mozzies!! They are buzzing around our place as big as horses!
As the days get longer and the swarms descend, we scurry to our cabinets or first aid kits to find the long forgotten, often synthetic, chemical-based repellents, in hopes of warding off the feeding frenzy.
However, there are several safety concerns related to both environmental and human health, with the use of synthetic chemicals to control insects and other pests. Many of the outdoor sprays or lotions we have been using for years also have some fairly serious side effects including skin reactions, allergic rashes and eye irritation. Many topical medicated creams for insect bite itching and irritation have side effects causing redness, irritation and swelling.
So, now is a great time to brush up on the benefits of essential oils and their insect repelling properties.
No defense is better than what we find in nature. Every living organism has unique abilities and mechanisms to fight for its continued survival and for plants that includes their own individual aromatic compounds what we know as essential oils.
For centuries, these same essential oils have been traditionally used by native human populations throughout the world to ward off mosquitos and other insects.
Many essential oils (including Arborvitae, Cedar, Cinnamon, Citronella, Clove, Geranium, Lemongrass, Spearmint, Peppermint, Rosemary and Thyme) have known repellency properties, and are considered safe for repelling insects, when used appropriately.
Many essential oil based repellants tend to lose efficacy rather quickly due to the fact that they are volatile, aromatic compounds so it is important that the formula should contain a fixative ingredient like Fractionated Coconut Oil to help keep the essential oil on the skin longer and thus help increase repellant efficiency.This year, as you go outside and enjoy all that nature has to offer, don’t let the bugs bug you. With a little planning, you can ensure that you have a great outdoor experience.
Terrashield is an effective, natural way to ward off those insects whenever needed in the great outdoors.This blend of essential oils comes as a pre-diluted (with fractionated coconut oil) 30ml spray and also in a 15ml blend essential oil that you can use to diffuse or make up your own blend to apply.
Ingredients: Ylang Ylang, Nootka Wood, Cedarwood Wood, Catnip, Lemon Eucalyptus, Litsea Fruit, Aborvitate Wood Essential Oils, Vanilla Bean absolute in a dilution of fractionated coconut oil and tamanu seed oil.
#Acts as an effective barrier
#Safe for the whole family
Aromatic and Topical Use
Essential Oil Tip: Spray Terrashield around your doors, window sills and tent.
Lavender & Tea Tree
Equal drops of each and topped with Fractionated Coconut Oil in a small spray bottle or 10ml roller bottle. Again, amounts of the essential oils will depend on who the blend is for babies, children or adults. Please see dilution page as a guide.Apply to bite to soothe itchiness and irritation.
And here enter one of our favorite friends…..Correct X. A must have for any first-aid kit is this little ointment.
The essential oils in doTERRA Correct-X are known for their soothing properties, particularly for skin. When your skin needs soothing relief from occasional skin irritations, the Correct-X formula will provide calming for the skin, without removing any moisture. In addition to soothing the skin, Correct-X creates a moisture barrier for the skin, helping to hydrate while it soothes. If you are tired of using ointments or products that dry out your skin, give Correct-X a try, and experience the soothing, calming power of essential oils for skin.
Helps skin recover more quickly from ouchies, boo boos, soothes and hydrates skin.
Frankincense: Among its countless benefits, has long been revered for its ability to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections.
Melaleuca: Also known as Tea Tree oil, holds powerful cleansing properties that make it rejuvenating for the skin.
Bisabolol: Recognized for its calming effects on the skin, Bisabolol is an important component of the doTERRA Correct-X formula.
Helichrysum: Frequently used to reduce the signs of aging, has rejuvenating properties that help promote a healthy-looking complexion.
Lavender: Known for its soothing properties, can be helpful for soothing occasional skin irritations.
Jojoba: Because it is similar to the natural oils found in our skin, Jojoba can help provide hydration, which significantly improves the skin’s texture.
Try this easy, cost effective chemical free hand sanitizer to have handy when you are out and about this summer!
1 tablespoon aloe vera gel or fractionated coconut oil
10-15 drops On Guard Protective Blend
Distilled WaterPlace in a 15ml spray bottle and use topically as needed.
When used together Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint protect against seasonal elements and promote, clear, easy breathing.
2 drops Lemon
2 drops Peppermint
2 drops Lavender
Aromatic, Topical and Internal Use
*Combine in a glass of water and take 2-3 times daily or until symptoms subside.
*Diffuse.*Also place equal portions of each essential oil in a roller bottle and frill with fractionated coconut oil and roll on bottom of feet 2-3 times daily.
We love using essential oils after we’ve been out in the sun all day but what about our four legged friends?
Lavender is fantastic for soothing, and Peppermint is great for a cooling sensation.
Many pets get frightened by the frequent fireworks over the holiday period. Use a combination of Balance, Lavender and Frankincense to calm anxious feelings and soothe nerves.Dilute oils in Fractionated Coconut Oil and apply to paws or place in a spray bottle and spray bedding or place on collar.
We don’t travel without Peppermint, On Guard and DigestZen.Travel Tip: Peppermint is also give a refreshing boost when feeling fatigued or low energy during travel. Inhale from the bottle or place in a car diffuser. Place 1 drop in the palm of one hand and cup hands together over your nose and breathe in. *Be careful to avoid eyes.
Hi! Thanks for visiting and reading my blogs. As a busy mum of 2, I am a passionate health educator who loves helping women and their families learn how to live happy healthy lives. Having natural solutions on hand, reducing toxins in your home and having tools to improve your family's health is empowering. It's what I love to help people do.