Essential Oils for the Summer Months

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

FOR FLYES

  • Citronella
  • Lavender
  • Lemongrass
  • Peppermint
  • Tea Tree
  • Thyme

FOR ANTS

  • Citronella
  • Garlic
  • Pennyroyal
  • Peppermint
  • Spearmint
Essential Oils for summer Months
Essential Oils for summer Months

 

 

 

 

 

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 Be Gone Mosquito Repellent SprayBug 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.

Lotion Repellant:

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.

Candles With Essential Oils Kill BacteriaCandles 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.

The University of South Hampton
Flame and Oils Work Together, Say British Researchers

 

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