Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Essential Oil Bug Repellent + Mosquito Bite Relief

Last night my husband and I went to sleep much later than is normal for adults to go to sleep on a work night. We had just crawled into bed and I was starting to fall asleep when all of the sudden I screamed. My husband jumped up and was like "what's wrong??? What's wrong???" A bug had bitten me on my arm and my hand when I was drifting off to sleep and the sting of it woke me up. The itching was up and down my arm and I wanted to claw my skin out. My husband ran downstairs and retrieved our Clove Bud Essential Oil. I don't know what I would do or how I would survive these summers without it! When I was a little girl my mom used to call me Chicken Pox because I would have red marks and circles all over my body from mosquito bites. I inherited the whole seducing mosquitoes everywhere I go quality from my dad. He is the same way. We've all heard the saying it's because I'm "just so sweet." Whatever. Honestly, that gets old real quick and you become everything but sweet when you're getting bit every time you walk outside. The only thing that has helped me this summer is essential oils. Years ago I would try everything from creams to ointments. Nothing subsided that nagging itch. I tried the hot spoon method... nothing. Clove bud has consistently taken the itch away almost immediately. I've been mesmerized. Last night I had my husband running down the stairs to go get it as quick as possible. It's amazing to have that on hand, and to know I'm applying something onto my skin that is only good for me and not harmful whatsoever. There's no chemicals, no drugs attached. It's just pure and it actually supports my body in it's job to heal itself. 

Not only have I found this amazing little trick for mosquito bite relief, I've also come to find a way to prevent the bites when I know I will be outside. 

To read more and find out how to make your own (it's super easy!) kid-friendly bug repellent click below...

Now last night I did not apply this natural bug repellent before I went to bed-- I mean, why would I need to? I never would have thought I would have a mosquito flying around me in the night in my own bedroom. However, when I know I will be outside for leisure or exercising (let's be honest, it's mostly leisure at the present and I'm totally at peace with that!) I will apply some of this bug repellent beforehand. I don't know about you but I hate applying general, common name brand bug repellents. The amount of chemicals in those sprays is so bad for you and it's definitely not good for your little ones. I feel much better about my choices when I am using this spray below.  I like knowing I am putting something on my skin that will nourish my body while also repelling icky bugs. It definitely saves money too as I have all of the oils on hand, and if I didn't have them on hand they are ones that I would want to buy to have in my "medicine cabinet" for sure.  I can use these exact same oils for other natural health and household things as well, which make for a great little investment and a great way to care for my body.  I've applied this solution many times in the last few months with great results. I've been pleasantly surprised honestly. You can see in the mason jar above that I am even running out of my solution now and will have to make another batch. It works really, really well. I hope you enjoy making the "recipe" below. It would even be a fun little activity to do with kids too! 

DIY All Natural Bug Repellent: 
1/2 cup of Witch Hazel If you're using this for kid, you could add 1/4 cup of water
2-3 drops of Lemongrass 
2-3 drops of Cedarwood 
2-3 drops of Lavender 
2-3 drops of Eucalyptus Radiata 
1 drop of Oregano Leave this one out if making for children
1 drop of Tea tree 
Spray Bottle or Mason Jar 

This is a super easy thing to make. All that you need to do is combine all of the above ingredients together and put either into a spray bottle or mason jar. We did not have any spray bottles, so we put this into a mason jar. I just dip a cotton ball into it and apply it all over my legs and arms or my husband will dip the cotton ball and apply it to my legs while my boxer Lucy stands by and oversees. ;) Leave it by the back door for when you need it or even carry it in your purse for afternoons at the park. 

P.S.  I've written about essential oils before when I told you about my amazing Epsom Salt baths I do to de-stress and get magnesium into my body. I also told you about how I use them for natural sunburn relief and even colds and flus in my DIY all natural cough syrup. I honestly can't recommend them enough in the world of natural health. Essential oils are a life-saver to me and a must in my natural "medicine cabinet." There will definitely be more talk of them on the blog in the near future! 

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