Bugs, bugs, go away!

I’m outdoors a lot.  Blue skies draw me out.  Gray skies draw me out.  The rain, well of course I have to dance in it!  There’s only one negative to outside, and that is bugs.  Bugs equals bites.  For those of you who know me, know bugs are attracted to me.

I have trouble, especially, this time of year,  finding my bug spray, as everyone else is using it, and putting it wherever they used it last.  Luckily I can go to my apothecary cabinet and quickly mix up something in the palm of my hand and rub away.  Note to self; make more bug-go-away spray bottles, and place at each door.

Here’s one of the many sprays I make.  Stay following me, as I will have many to share with you.  Enjoy!

16 oz – spray bottle

12 oz – distilled water

1 teaspoon – Vegetable glycerin (optional)

1 teaspoon – Carrier oil (almond oil, grapeseed oil, olive oil, avocado oil, sesame oil.  I use what I have on hand.  I’m not allergic to any oils so that makes it easy.  I’ve also made this with coconut oil; more like a balm)

60 drops – Essential oils; 15 drops of each: Rosemary, Lavender, Peppermint, Clove  (Experiment and use what works for you.  This is just what I do.  I’ve made many combinations with many oils.)

Shake before each use.

Depending on the size of the bottle, I adjust ingredients accordingly.  Also know that some essential oils mix with one’s skin differently.  As in, what works on one person may not work on another.  Experimenting is part of the fun.  I’ve used essential oils since I was a little girl, and have enjoyed all the fun of learning about them, and their wonderful scents, and what they can do for me, as well as what I’ve seen do for others.

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Got Bites? Bug bites…

Are your bug bites itchy-itchy-scratchy-scratchy?  Painful? Just plain driving you nuts?  Try soaking in a bath.  If I forget to spray myself or if I go outside (“I’m only going out for a second”) most likely I will get a bite.  There is something in my skin that attracts the bugs.  Oh lucky me!  I soothe the itch/pain by taking a nice hot soak in a tub with epsom salts.

1. Draw a bath (I like it hot!).

2. Add 1-2 cups epsom salts.

3. Turn on your favorite tunes. (Optional)

4. Candles. (Optional)

5. Ease in and soak away! (Oh, I sometimes add a couple drops of a favorite essential oil.  Lavender is my go to; it helps to balance, relax, and soothe any anxiety or stress I’m having. Lavender is also a great choice for me if I am having a head ache or if my chest is feeling congested.  Breathing in the vapors from the bath really clears my mind and lungs.)

This method not only helps with the irritation of bug bites, but a great way to relax and soothe tired achy muscles whether from a long day at work or hard workout at the gym.  Aim for two days a week.  Yep, you’re worth it!

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