Splendid Summers || Repelling Bugs

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Summer is here, and it’s time to play! The outdoors are definitely calling. But with summer comes having to deal with certain nuances like any other season. Here, I’m talking bug bites! As a person with very fair skin and prone to redness, think lobster red, you can really tell when something is off! Bug bites, rashes and burns are all synonymous with summer and I’ve had the pleasure of having experience with all of those. Yay me right? From first hand experience, I can tell you that essential oils are extremely helpful for all three. Here, I’ll be focusing on insect bites and how to repel them using essential oils.

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Low sugar intake makes you less attractive to mosquitos

I have relatively sensitive skin, more so in particular when it comes to bug bites. I’ve had many of those so called “relaxing vacations” where I tried to fill them with restful nights sleep, only having it turn out to be an “insomnia itchfest” due to my legs (oh my poor legs) becoming a buffet table for mosquitos. I learned later on that my love of sweet foods in the summer was causing higher carbon dioxide to be released from my sweat due to high glucose in my blood. Couple that with the fact that I had chronic inflammation from poor quality foods I used to eat and it was no wonder why my mosquito bites were always so painful! I mention this because essential oils are more effective when you practice a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Essential oils work by boosting the body’s natural abilities. So when you do get a mosquito bite, that itchy sensation is less intense and the swelling less severe, thus assisting your body to recover more quickly.

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Previously, I used DEET, a powerful chemical used as the active ingredient in most commercial bug repellants which is not only toxic to animals and the environment, but also to human health. Essential oils work just as well, is safe for the environment and actually promotes human health! Making your own bug repellent is incredibly quick and easy to do. When you make it yourself, there’s no need to use other toxic ingredients like artificial fragrance, butane, ethanol, etc. You can safely and naturally repel insects with very basic ingredients using essential oils and distilled water, while still maintaining great health so you can enjoy your summer. I decided to make the switch to using essential oils years ago when I was living in tropical Singapore and it was the only bug repellent I could get my hands on. It worked beautifully and smelled much more pleasant than the chemical stuff. Significantly less bug bites later and I’ve never looked back!

 

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You will be very tempted to use peppermint for everything during the summer, which is to say that it’s good at repelling bugs, but use sparingly. Peppermint can cause skin sensitivity if not diluted and/or exposed to harsh direct sunlight. Melaleuca is the way to go to repel bugs while providing a gentle coolness that is safe for sun exposure. Other essential oils that repel mozzies include lemongrass, geranium, arborvitae, eucalyptus, rosemary and cedarwood. But if you’ve already been bitten, Lavender, chamomile and frankincense with fresh aloe vera gel will relieve a heaty bug bite in no time!

 

The Fragrance Loophole

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In the most recent summit on Natural Cancer Prevention, they mentioned a wonderful topic about the elusive ingredient “fragrance” IT IS EVERYWHERE! You can barely escape it’s path when it comes to personal care products. It’s in everything from the obvious perfumes and colognes to even personal care products that proclaim they’re “unscented” An oxymoron in ever scents (pun intended)! And many times, where there is fragrance, there are other carcinogenic ingredients such as triclosan, parabens and phthalates.

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Slide via The Natural Cancer Prevention Summit

Why is this ingredient “fragrance” so elusive? Well, do you know what fragrance really is? None of us do, except for the proprietary inventors of this ingredient. It can truly be ANYTHING. Or how Well + Good explained it, a complicated cocktail of many confidential ingredients. Personal care product companies such as Proctor & Gamble don’t have to disclose what the ingredient “fragrance” actually is on its ingredient list because the U.S. FDA has a self-regulatory policy for personal care products. They can keep the ingredient “fragrance” a proprietary secret from the public, and due to self-regulation, those ingredients that make up “fragrance” could be nasty carcinogenic chemicals. Many people tend to use fragrances from infancy, meaning they get a lifelong exposure to these toxins.

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Janet Nudelman, Director of Campaign for Safe Cosmetics from The Natural Cancer Prevention Summit by Health Talks Online

To make matters a bit worse, fragrance is not the only elusive ingredient. Campaign for Safe Cosmetics recommends looking out for the ingredients parfum, perfume, essential oil blend and aroma as well since they all fall under that elusively unregulated category of potentially toxic ingredients. Rarely have a I seen even one ingredient listed on a perfume or cologne bottle/box. They only ever mention top and base notes, but what are these products truly made of? Something smells fishy if you ask me.

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Essential oils are pure plant essences which work synergistically with our bodies.

To make life easier, safer and smell a whole lot better, stick with using pure therapeutic grade essential oils in your daily life and you can obviously use them in place of synthetic perfume or cologne. They have such a vivid and potent aroma that last longer on the skin when blended with a viscous carrier oil. Plus, you have the added benefit of essential oils being beneficial to all parts of the body, from our blood to our cells.

How Essential Oils Work

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Essential oils are uniquely fascinating plant substances. And here you thought they were just “pretty” scents, but actually they are much more than that! People do seem to understand how essential oils work on an emotional level, simply because when we smell them, it livens and brightens our mood. Our mood can change dramatically by just smelling essential oils, making us become instantly brighter and more relaxed. However, something else is going on deep inside the body when we use essential oils. Depending on how we use them, it can provide us with an even greater benefit that we may not notice or feel.

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Interestingly, an essential oil is not even an oil at all. They are called oils mainly because they are lipid (fat) soluble rather than water soluble. Essential oils evaporate quickly, especially with the presence of heat, so to get the maximum benefits, it’s preferred to use them with carrier oils when applied topically. Many people use essential oils topically for transdermal penetration because anything that we put on our skin gets absorbed into the bloodstream through our vast amount of pores. Using a carrier oil sends a steady stream of molecules into the blood stream compared to neat (or undiluted) application which sends a rapid flood of essential oil molecules into the blood.

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When you smell an essential oil, those volatile molecules contain particles so nano in size, they can even cross the blood-brain barrier. Not many substances on the planet can do that. This is one of the reasons why when our olfactory senses become stimulated by these molecular substances, our mood can instantly change. Every essential oil also has a different chemical makeup of constituents that make it beneficial for different purposes. For example, lavender essential oil contains linalyl acetate which helps to induce a feeling of relaxation and calm. Too much of this constituent coursing through our bodies however, can create the opposite effect, thus stimulating our nervous system to the point where it prevents us from falling asleep. This is what we mean by essential oils being potent substances, because more is not necessarily better. 

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Essential oils work even at an intracellular level by oxygenating, and literally excreting, toxins from our cells because they can penetrate through the cellular wall membrane. This is why many essential oils have antioxidant benefits. Clove essential oil in particular has the most ORAC (antioxidant) units than any other substance, even food! Myrrh essential oil is a bit far behind at second highest. Due to their powerful properties of penetrating the human body, it is imperative to always use CPTG quality essential oils to receive the maximum, and safest, benefits.

 

Top 3 Ways to Use Cedarwood Essential Oil

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For Repelling Insects

I love being outdoors and getting direct sunlight on my skin as much as possible. This is why, I adore summer! But where there is a Yin, there is a Yang. With summer, comes pesky insects. Sometimes, the insects are so bad, it makes me wish I was back in winter, a little. Fortunately, since embarking in this natural lifestyle of using essential oils, I’ve realized how multi-purpose even just one essential oil can be, which is the case for Cedarwood.

Try blending Cedarwood with other bug repelling essential oils and make your own bug repellant! It’s incredibly easy as long as you have all the tools and ingredients, which is to say, is not very many.

DIY Bug Repellent Recipe: use a spray nozzle cap on an empty 15ml essential oil bottle and make your own handy repellent spray. Add 3/4 witch hazel water with cedarwood, arborvitae, melaleuca, rosemary and peppermint essential oils and mix gently. Learn how you can get a free 15ml bottle of dōTERRA peppermint essential oil plus access to wholesale prices on dōTERRA products below.

 For Speedy Skin Recovery

I primarily bought cedarwood essential oil to heal skin abrasions and cuts more quickly since it was one of the least expensive essential oils to begin with. Cedarwood is great for treating cuts caused by shaving and manicures. I also love using it for treating blemishes.

Try blending cedarwood essential oil with other skin soothing essential oils to make your own aftershave product. It can be used on any part of the body that you shave to disinfect cuts, calm inflammation and speed up healing.

DIY Aftershave Recipe: use a pump nozzle cap on an empty 30ml bottle (if possible) and make your own soothing aftershave oil. Add 10ml witch hazel water and 17ml jojoba oil with cedarwood, melaleuca, lavender and chamomile essential oils, and mix gently. To learn how you can get a free 15ml bottle of dōTERRA Cedarwood essential oil in the month of May plus access to wholesale prices on dōTERRA products, see below.

 For Relaxing Sleep

Resinous essential oils from trees are known to be grounding to the mind and emotions, and cedarwood oil is no exception. It has a mild depth that’s never overpowering which makes it wonderful to help induce sleep. Like most wood resin essential oils, they pair well with herbs to calm and soothe the nervous system. 

I love blending cedarwood with lavender in my diffuser to engulf my bedroom with a deeply relaxing scent that calms my racing thoughts and grounds me to that moment which is, to GET SOME SLEEP and who doesn’t need a relaxing night’s sleep? Don’t have a diffuser? Try making a simple DIY pillow spray.

DIY Pillow Spray Recipe: use a spray nozzle cap on any glass bottle and make your own sleepytime pillow spray. Add distilled filtered water with cedarwood, lavender and chamomile essential oils, mix gently and spray directly onto pillow before bedtime. You can email me at natg83@aol.com for more information on how to save on and gain free dōTERRA products.

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DIY ✼ How to Bespoke Your Body Powders

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I believe it’s pretty apparent now that the use of talcum powder needs to go. It doesn’t deserve a place in your toxin-free house when you can easily, and may I add cheaply, do it yourself at home. A few brave people have sued Johnson & Johnson, a family run company based out of my home state New Jersey, of causing ovarian cancer and WON! It was reported on Bloomberg and many other well-known publication sources.

You’ll want to use arrowroot powder as the main constituant of any body powder. A few popular uses for body powders would be for feet, scalp and eyes (in the form of eyeshadow). Below, I’ll show you how to use essential oils in DIY recipes for dry shampoos and foot powders.

⚠︎ Health & Safety Tip: Start small, go steady. Always start something with a bit of caution, and use the smallest dose possible. Keep steady with anything to see real results. The strong quality of CPTG essential oils make them very potent and should be rotated often to prevent irritation and sensitivity. This is for topical and internal usage. ⚠︎

∞ Dry Shampoo ∞

Dry shampoos are definitely having a moment these days, and for good reason. It’s a total time savor for busy people. It’s pretty obvious to understand why many want to skip the hair washing. It takes more time and more money since those lovely organic shampoos like Rahua or Josh Rosebrook cost a pretty penny. I’m not suggesting “don’t wash your hair” I’m suggesting using dry shampoos for those busy moments when washing your hair is not an option. Added bonus, it brings lift and body to limp locks while soaking up excess moisture and sebum.

Dear Crissy has the right idea by adding bentonite clay into her DIY recipe. Want something more unique? Try this herbal dry shampoo powder by Mountain Rose herbs blog that incorporated herbal powders like rose and lavender into their recipe. Looking to get a deeper clean, then add baking soda to your recipe like they did here at The Glowing Fridge. Or better yet, you can turn that dry shampoo into a liquid spray like they did at DIY Insanity by adding certain fluids like alcohol or witch hazel water to a dry shampoo recipe.

Essential Oils for Scalp & Hair:
Rosemary, cypress, melaleuca and clary sage

Recipe:
Organic arrowroot powder, organic cornstarch powder, baking soda, bentonite clay, pure organic cacao powder (specifically for brunettes), essential oil combination of your choice. Adjust cacao powder to meet your true brown. Rosemary & Cypress are known to promote hair growth. Melaleuca & Clary Sage are known to maintain a healthy scalp.

 

∞ Foot Powder ∞

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No one likes that damp feeling in their toes from either extreme weather or heavy humidity. It just feels, uncomfortable. Hong Kong and Singapore are particularly humid places where you just need to wear enclosed shoes sometimes. Singapore has amazing reservoirs and parks that you should really consider wearing sneakers. Hong Kong is a city metropolis with high humidity just like Singapore, and for some odd reason, you can definitely feel the dampness in your feet. Foot powders keep your feet dry, and when you enhance it with CPTG essential oils, you’re now adding some therapeutic benefits to it. Therapeutic means that it can have a more health beneficial effect to the body. The feet are well-known for harboring the largest pores on the body, making it useful to apply essential oils and having an effect throughout the systems and organs of the body. It’s one of the reasons why special anointing oils where placed on the feet during biblical times. In general essential oil practice, massaging them on the feet is one of the best ways to deliver these therapeutic compounds directly into the blood stream.

Essential Oils for Feet:
Peppermint, melaleuca, oregano

Recipe:
Again, use the 50:50 ratio of cornstarch and arrowroot powders, then add your choice of essential oils. Melaleuca and oregano are known for their anti-fungal powers, with oregano being the strongest of the two. Oregano is a strong essential oil that should be used in steady low amounts to see results for more serious cases such as foot fungus or athlete’s foot. Peppermint can help to cool the heat of oregano, however also used in low amounts since it can cause sensitivity with prolonged use.

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Melaleuca, AKA Tea Tree, is great for skin of scalp and feet.