Since the Zika virus appeared it's even more crucial to use natural protection rather than giving yourselves cancer from the DEET chemicals found in typical bug sprays. Yes we all know and agree toxic chemicals kill mosquitoes... but they also put your health and the health of your family in danger. Spraying deadly chemicals on your skin when you are going outdoors likely to encounter heat which in turn opens your pores is a horrible idea.
Mosquitoes are considered one of the most dangerous creatures on the planet because of their ability to spread deadly diseases. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control report that the insects kill over one million people a year just through the transmission of malaria. dengue fever, yellow fever and West Nile virus to name a few.
Mosquito bites produce swelling and redness in the area of the bite and can take days to subside
Bug and mosquito bites can be fatal if you are allergic to them
Mosquitoes also transmit malaria, dengue fever and chikungunya just to name a few.
The Zika virus has caused mass panic in Latin America and has now spread all over the world, and now it's right here in our back yard, Miami has been found to be one of the areas identified with a high rate of infection. Protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites with a natural insect repellent
PROTECT YOURSELF WITH A NATURAL INSECT REPELLENT AGAINS ZIKA VIRUS
In our house we avoid DEET and other toxic chemicals. But when mosquitoes and other bugs have the potential to harm me or my family, I need some real honest commonsense protection from them just like you do. Their are many dishonest products claiming to be "all natural" when they were really filled with synthetic chemicals, so I like all the products I make I created my own formula based on essential oils and organic ingredients (with no synthetic chemicals used, ever!).
For all of you who want to protect yourself and your families from mosquitoes and bugs while avoiding the possibility of being poisoned by DEET, I have your solution. You will not find a more clean, natural and effective insect repellant than the one I have created. Give it a try I know you will like it just as much as I do. I use this on a daily basis.
With the warm weather means there are also many critters that are waiting to take advantage of the season and your skin. Essential Oils for the summer months are a must in order to survive. We live in Florida and our mosquito population is huge and they are here all year, but during the spring and summer months when they come out, they come out in full force. Nothing ruins a gathering, stroll, or swim like a swarm of unwanted mosquitos.
As we are all too familiar with the modern toxic bug repellents that are loaded with a wide range of petrochemicals like aldehydes, benzene derivatives, DEET other substances that are harmful to us and the environment I decided that for my family I would make a natural alternative to keep the bugs and critters away. Making your own bug spray is easy when you know what oils to use for what critters, different oils can be more effective against different types of bugs follow the list below as a guide to assist you in making your bug spray. I also have one that I sell on my website and you can find that in my Essential Blends Page. FOR MOSQUITOS
Here are a few ideas on how you can use your Essential Oils to keep the bugs away.
Sprays – Combining essential oil with a carrier oil like grapeseed or coconut oil, diluting it with distilled water. Add this in a small spray bottle and used on exposed skin areas.
Cotton ball – add a couple drops essential oil on a cotton ball , place the cotton in the corners of your home in area where you suspect the bugs are entering (make sure your cotton balls are out of reach of children and pets).
Hanging ropes – This is one of my favorites for outdoors, take a rope and apply a few drops of essential oils. Hang the rope around the area outdoors you will be if you have a slight breeze then it’s really fantastic because it will spread the oil throughout the space.
Recipes to get you started
Bug Spray: Fill 8oz spray bottle half way with distilled water, add 2oz of either grapeseed or coconut oil. You can also use witch hazel if you don’t want to use an oil. Add 50-60 drops of the essential oil you are going to use and you are ready to spray away. If you want a stronger solution you can add more Essential Oils to the mix. I personally don’t use coconut oil because mosquitos are draw to sweet smells making me stay away from coconut for this recipe. Good Essential Oils to use are Citronella, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus and Lavender.
Fill a 2oz bottle with an unscented lotion you may have on hand, and add 5 or 6 drops of lemongrass oil. Another very simple way to make your own lotion repellent is to use a lavender lotion you may have on hand and just add 5-6 drops of Lemongrass and Citronella Essential Oil. Apply lotion to exposed areas when going outdoors.
Massage is a very effective way to relieve stress and tension. Massage encourages circulation and eases minor aches and pains. It enables the essential oils to be absorbed and used by the skin and body. You do not have to have a full body massage to benefit; you can rub the blended oils locally into the area giving
problems. Choose from one of our carrier oils to blend with your essential oils, and massage over the area giving problems, whether it be muscular aches and pains, a stiff neck or a bronchitic chest. In massaging the abdomen, move your hand clockwise in circles, following the flow of the intestines; among other benefits, this helps to relieve constipation.
Making Up Massage Oils- Choose a vegetable bases carrier oil, The aroma will be taken up over a period of time, so the oil will smell more rounded after a week than just after it has been mixed Bath
Bathing with essential oils is a pleasant way to relax, a bath helps to keep body and soul together. Today's fast pace living often allows a little time for more than a quick shower. A bath has become a well-kept secret, but it is one of the most wonderful ways to use aromatherapy. You can create your own personal bath oil, free from dyes, synthetics, and artificial fragrances. Or you might create such a bath to pamper someone special. Since essential oils do not mix well with water, most store-bought preparations are made with synthetic emulsifiers. But now you will be able to prepare your bath oil with natural emulsifiers that's so very good for your skin. Here are a few baths you can take- for your body and soul.
Honey Bath- Honey is a very nourishing for skin and has good anti-inflammatory properties. Essential oils dissolve easily in honey.. Mix 3-5 drops of essential oil in 3-4 tablespoons of honey, and pour the mixture into the bathtub-either before or after running the bath water. Cream Bath- Cream, a natural emulsifier, will prevent dry skin. Mix 10-15 drops of essential oil in 3-4 tablespoons of sweet cream. (egg yolk is a good substitute for cream).
Bubble Bath- Mix essential oil in liquid soap with a "skin-friendly" pH level and without a fragrance of its own. Use 4-5 tablespoons of soap for every 1-15 droops of essential oil. Adding a strong tea-like hibiscus for blue or hollyhock for pink will give your bath oil a mixture a pretty color. In a pretty flask or bottle this bubble bath makes a wonderful gift.
Sea Salt- Sea salt added to bath water helps remove toxic substance from your body. It cleanses the whole system. Minerals contained in sea salt help strengthen the immune system. Add the sea salt (available in health food stores) to a container with a lid and add 5-10 drops of essential oil Close the lid and shake the container vigorously. Pour the mixture into the tub and add water. Stir bathwater will to allow the salt to dissolve.
Foot Bath - prepare a foot bath in a large bowl or in a foot spa. Cold water will stimulate circulation and be refreshing on a hot summer day when you feel heavy and tired, but don't feel heavy and tired, but don't use cold water if your feet are already cold. A hot foot bath helps relax the whole body and helps soothe women with gynecological problems. Add 6-10 drops of essential oil to each bath.
Hot compresses are relaxing. In addition, they open the pores of the skin so that essential oils can penetrate faster and deeper. They also ease cramps and tension. Add 4-6 drops of essential oil to a bowl of hot water. Briefly immerse a small towel in the water, squeeze out the excess water, and apply to the part of the body to be treated. Remove the compress when it cools down. Do not use compresses if you have any broken skin or blood vessels.
Hair and Face Oil
Some oils are particularly good for the skin and hair. Use proportions of one drop of essential oil to 10ml (2tablespoons) of carrier oil (preferable pre-blended for the purpose) for a pre-bath facial oil or as an after bath body lotion and moisturizer.
For conditioning, massage the blended oils into the scalp and leave for 15-30 minutes before shampooing.
Uses as room fragrance, essential oils create a pleasant atmosphere; at the same time, specific oils will have an effect on your mood, creating a good ambiance for meditation, work, relaxation, romance or sleep. Some will also help to fumigate the air in cases of infectious illness.
Add a few drops of essential oil to a bowl of dried flowers or potpourri.
Add a few drops to drawer liners and padded clothes hangers
Put a couple of drops on a light ring
Most oils can be used for room fragrance. Some are particularly suitable for special purposes.
Meditation- Cedarwood and sandalwood
Antiviral- Mint (alone), tea tree (alone), Eucalyptus, and Rosemary
Many of the recipes found in AROMATHERAPY books are in metric - the USA is not completely on that system, so the following is a conversion guideline:
1/2 ounce = 15 cc = 15 ml = 1 Tablespoon
1 ounce = 30 cc = 30 ml = 2 Tablespoons
A 2.5% dilution is recommended for adults - 1% for children under 12. To determine this dilution in drops, figure out how many ml (or cc) are in the bottle you are using, then divide that number by 2. Example:
You have a 1 ounce bottle of carrier oil that you are going to use for your blend.
1 ounce = 30 ml
1/2 = 15ml
Therefore, a 2.5% blend for a 1 ounce bottle is 15 drops of essential oil. You can add 15 drops to 1 ounce of whatever carrier oil you are using.
A 1/2-ounce bottle is a perfect size for a bath blend. Pour your carrier oil into the bottle first, then add 2 or more essential oils using up to 7 or 8 drops total. Pour this into your tub, relax and enjoy your Aromatherapy experience. Add soft music and candlelight to enhance the effect.
Blending Checklist for the Skin
First, establish the use of your blend. Uplifting, relaxing, stimulating, meditation, anti-inflammatory, pain relief, skin care, anti-spasmodic, insect repellent...
Your selection of oils needs to be appropriate for what you are creating and have a scent you find pleasant.
Keep other aromas at a distance when you are blending - not a good idea to be cooking dinner when you are blending.
Focus is important when blending, so avoid blending when you are anxious or tired - especially if the blend is for someone else.
Build your blend using just 2 - 4 oils in the beginning, one drop at a time. You will be amazed by the power of just one drop, and how it can totally change your blend.
Work slowly and keep good records for future reference.
If you are uncertain which direction you are going with a blend, sometimes leaving it alone and returning after a bit makes a difference.
Because we each have our own unique chemistry, essential oils, like perfumes, smell different in their bottle or on another person than they will on your skin. As you are mixing, take a drop of your blend and apply to your own skin and 'smell the difference.'
Be aware of synthetics - remember, they have absolutely no therapeutic value and many of us are allergic to them.
Jojoba is a carrier oil that never goes rancid.
Use only cold pressed oils to blend.
Avoid mineral oils or products that contain mineral oil, because their molecular size is too large t allow the essential oils to penetrate the skin.
Lotions, creams, shampoos, body washes and rinses may be used as carriers for your oils. Be aware, however, of the ingredients in these products. For example, do not use a lotion with mineral oil for an essential oil carrier.
BLENDING ESSENTIAL OILS
(Minimum-Maximum Measurement of drops of Essential Oil into Base Oil)
0 - 1 drop into 1/5 teaspoon base oil
2 - 5 drops into 1 teaspoon base oil
4 - 10 drops into 2 teaspoons base oil
6 - 15 drops into 1 tablespoon base oil
8 - 20 drops into 4 teaspoons base oil
10 - 15 drops into 5 teaspoons base oil
12 - 30 drops into 2 tablespoons base oil
Droppers come in various sizes with various sizr openings. A drop is exactly the same amount of liquid no matter what size the dropper, but essential oils are both very thick and heavyweight and very thin and lightweight (like patchouli weights more in less space the Lavender) But in general:
1 dropper holds 20 drops which is 1 ml.
1/2 dropper yields 10 drops which is 0.5 ml
Remember that USA measures and British measures differ some.
The standard dilution for an aromatherapy blend is 2.5%, which is equivalent to 15 drops of essential oil per 1 ounce of carrier oil (Almond, Avocado, Evening Primrose, Canola Oils, Jojoba oil.).
A medicinal dilution is 5%, which is equal to 30 drops of essential oil per 1 ounce of carrier oil. For example, this blend would be to treat acute muscle aches and pains, arthritis, and migraines.
Lavender is one of my favorite oils, I use this oil for so many remedies. Lavender Essential Oil is a penetrating and herbaceous botanical, it's sweet and floral, furthermore it blends exceptionally well with many oils. It's predominantly know for it's Calming and antidepressant properties; thereforepromoting clarity; and enhancing intuition. Today Lavender is one of the most popular Essential Oils in the world. In this post I will talk about the top benefits of Lavender Essential Oil and why every household should have one on hand.
Just because something is "natural" or "organic" does not mean you can use it without safety precautions. Essential oils are pure, strong and very potent substances. Basic Essential oil safety must be taken into consideration if you are going to incorporate the use of essential oils in your life.
Main safety considerations
Oils should be stored correctly, out of the reach of children.
Some oils are flammable, keep away from flames and burners.
Oils should not be used until a consultation has taken place to identify all the general and local contraindication to practice
Oils should not be used unless the practitioner is familiar with the therapeutic properties and all the contraindications.
Oils should always be used at the recommended dilution.
Oils should never be taken internally.
If a consultation suggests skin sensitivity, test oils on a skin patch first.
The following oils have been reported to be potentially harmful. Many are toxic, and others, such as cinnamon bark and
clove bud are powerful irritants if misused by untrained therapists
Pennyroyal, North American
Pure essential oils are very strong and should only be used in the recommended dilution and application. Some oils are toxic, some are skin irritants. Many oils have contraindications to their use and may exacerbate existing health problems. There are local and general contraindications to practice. These must be identified during a preliminary consultation before any oils are used on a client.
Local contraindications are localized areas on the body that should be avoided and include:
Recent operations, fractures or sprains
Cuts, new scar tissue
Local skin infections/conditions (eczema etc.)
General contraindications to practice
Infectious skin disorders
Permission from the clients' GP should be sought before treating people with the
A history of thrombosis or embolism
High or low blood pressure
Major system dysfunction (renal, hepatic, digestive etc.)
Nervous system dysfunction
Fatal illnesses (cancer etc.)
Recent severe hemorrhage
If client on medication or homeopathic preparations
Special care is needed for:
Allergies and skin disorders
Babies, children and the elderly
People with disabilities
When in doubt, get GP permission or ask the client to sign a disclaimer.
This is a great resource for use of essential oils during pregnancy.
Candles With Essential Oils Kill Bacteria - Candles containing a synergy of essential oils can be used for more than just setting a mood and smell pretty. According to a new British study they also kill bacteria, essential oils, such as eucalyptus, orange, litsea and thyme can destroy bacteria, such as Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Staphylococcus aureus(staph) on surfaces. The findings show a new way to destroy bacteria, Gaunt and Higgins worked on the project with John Hughes a professor at the University of South Hampton.
The scientist used essential oils of orange, palmarosa, may chang, thyme, and an element of tea tree essential oil called beta-pinene to make the candles, this synergy of essential oils demonstrated a nearly 100% reduction in bacteria. The staph bacteria was killed within 1hour, but it took about 5 hours to destroy the E. coli bacteria. It's believed that adding these essential oils to candles can help kill bacteria in the environment. It's believed that the candle flame and essential oil components bind and work together for a sterilizing effect.
For comparison purposes the scientist tested plain wax candles without essential oils, the plain wax candles had no effect on bacteria, and vapor created by the essential oil had little or no effect on bacteria.
Note: This story has been adapted from a news release issued by the University of South Hampton and from an article posted on WebMD. If you wish to read the news releases follow these links as the original source.