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.
Outdoor Owie Cure
3 drops each:
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 Poultice
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 Spray
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.