Friday, June 21, 2013

Essential Oil Mosquito Repellent Recipe

This summer the mosquitos in Alaska are Crazy Bad! Here’s some great essential oil tips to help deal with them.

Mosquito Repellent Recipe:
In a 4oz spritzer bottle, combine the following:
3oz Witch Hazel
1oz Water

 Essential oils:
  Catnip, 8 drops
  Lavender,  15 drops
  Thyme, 4 drops
  Peppermint,  9 drops
  Citronella,  8 drops

Shake well before each use.  Great to spray this on your skin and clothes.  Keep out of eyes.
For small children and infants, spray a blanket or jacket and keep it near them but don’t spray this directly on their skin.

If you don’t have all of these oils use as many above as you do have handy.  The Catnip and Citronella are especially good deterrents.  Also, if you don’t have Witch Hazel just use water and it will still work.  The witch hazel is really nice on skin and helps blend the essential oils better than plain water, but in a mosquito emergency it’s optional.

Too late and you‘re already covered in mosquito bites?

      1)  Pour a small amount (the size of a nickel) of carrier oil into your hand – use Olive oil, sesame, or a plain massage oil like sweet almond or grapeseed.

       2) Add 1-2 drops each of the essential oils Lavender, Peppermint, and Tea Tree, and mix with your finger.  This combination is great for itching and pain associated with mosquito bites and will also help them to heal much faster.  Dab a little onto each of your mosquito bites.  Ok to use every hour as needed.

     You can also make an Itch Spritz with Lavender, Peppermint and Tea Tree in Witch Hazel and Water if you prefer.  The carrier oil usually feels nice and soothing on bites, but if you live in a hot climate and want a lighter method, the spritz works great too.

       3) If your essential oils are good quality this is safe to use with children.

Learn tons of great information from my On-Line Essential Oils Course series. You can study here at our school in Alaska from anywhere in the world!  

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