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Keep the Cooties Away Insect Repellant

February, the longest month of the year, or so it seems, has just passed us by and before we know it spring will be here.  We’ll be out in our yards and gardens … and so will all the bugs. Use this super easy bug repellant to protect yourself naturally.

Keep the Cooties Away Insect Repellant ~ Essential Anew5 drops eucalyptus
2 drops orange
4 drops lavender
2 drops lemon
8 drops cedarwood
1 drop peppermint
1 drop clove
1 drop cinnamon
2 ounces carrier oil such as jojoba, grape seed, or sweet almond oil

Mix it all together and store in a cobalt blue bottle.  Apply liberally keeping out of eyes.

Keep the Cooties Away Insect Repellant ~ Essential Anew

Ready for Summer Fun

The groundhog has predicted six more weeks of winter … but, in other parts of the country he said summer is on it’s way.  Either way, summer is coming, though we have a cold front coming to south Texas this week which will drop our temperatures down into the mid-60s.  Sorry New York.

We’ve had our windows and back doors opened the last few weeks and the mosquitos are starting to come to life.  There is nothing more irritating than finally getting out in the sunshine and being attacked by gnats and mosquitos or brushing through shrubs, brush and trees that can sting and prick.

Mosquito or other insect bites ~ if they don’t require much attention just dab a little Lavender or Tea Tree EO for relief.  Both Chamomile and Lavender EOs reduce swelling, itching and inflammation, and together with tinctures of Echinacea and Plantain often you can avert an allergic response. (If an allergic reaction does happen, take 1/2 t. Echinacea Tincture internally).

Following are blends to be made ahead of time and stored in glass blue bottles for use when needed.

Ready for Summer Fun with Essential Oils ~ Essential Anew

Outdoor Owie Cure
3 drops each:
Tea Tree
1 oz. calendula infused oil
Mix together, store in a blue glass bottle and shake before using.
This remedy is excellent for skin irritations, bites, stings, burns, inflammation, bruises or scrapes.

Many people will use clay for bee stings and insect bites, but adding essential oils and tinctures to clay will keep the poultice reconstituted, preserved and ready for use.  As the clay dries it pulls toxins from stings and bites to the skin’s surface and keeps them from spreading.  It will also pull out puss or splinters.

Summertime Clay PoulticeGet read for Summer with Essential Oils ~ Essential Anew
12 drops Lavender EO
1 tablespoon bentonite clay
1 teaspoon each:
Echinacea Root Tincture
Chamomile Flowers Tincture
Plantain Leaves Tincture
Put clay in storage container. Add the tinctures slowly, stirring as the clay absorbs them. Add lavender oil, stirring to distribute it evenly. Store poultice in a container with a tight lid to slow dehydration; it will last at least several months.  If the mixture dries out, add distilled water to reconstitute it.

Many people don’t care for the smell of Citronella EO, a traditional repellant, but this formula smells great.

Keep the Bugs Away SprayReady for Summer Fun with Essential Oils ~ Essential Anew
5 drops Eucalyptus EO
2 drops Orange EO
4 drops Lavender EO
2 drops Lemon EO
8 drops Cedarwood EO
1 drop Peppermint EO
1 drop Clove EO
1 drop Cinnamon EO
2 ounces Carrier Oil
Mix together, store in a glass blue bottle.  Apply liberally. Keep out of eyes.

A Cold, the Flu and a Hot Cup of Tea

Several years ago I picked up an herbal healing book (okay, it was more like nearly two decades ago), in it I found this amazing recipe for helping colds and flu.  I have long since packed the book away, but the recipe was written down faithfully in my personal recipe book for safe keeping.  One night I was telling my mother-in-law about this amazing drink and she said, “That sounds like a hot toddy.”  Well, we don’t drink so I still don’t know what a hot toddy is, but I do know that it is my go to “medicine” when I start to feel a cold or the flu coming on.

How to Brew a Cup of Healing TeaMy husband likes to tease me about being an alcoholic when I start to brew a cup.  I just remind him how much alcohol is in his Nyquil and he stops the teasing.  😉  About ten years ago I read about a man who swore by Cayenne Pepper to “cure what ails you.”  So, during an especially grueling cold I added a titch of Cayenne Pepper and it did the trick.  All the congestion was cleared up so nicely (just be sure to have a few tissues around while drinking tea with Cayenne Pepper).  This is now my secret ingredient to my wintertime ills.  It is such an easy tea to brew I always keep the ingredients on hand and need it so rarely they last for quite a while.

A Tea to Cure What Ails You

Brew a cup of herbal tea to cure what ails you 2 c. water, Small stick of Cinnamon, and a few whole Cloves (5-6). Bring this to a low boil and simmer for about 3 minutes. Turn off the heat and add 2 t. Lemon Juice, 1 1/2 T. Honey or Blackstrap Molasses, and 2 T. good quality Whiskey.  Stir well, cover and let steep 20 minutes. This is where I add a titch of Cayenne Pepper. Just remember, the more you add the more your nose will run. Drink 1/2 cup at a time every 3-4 hours.  This is what the directions say, but I usually find that I drink the 2 cups up and make more, if needed. I have also found that you need to strain the Cinnamon and Cloves out of the brew or it becomes bitter if you don’t drink it right away.