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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:
Lavender
Tea Tree
Chamomile
Helichrysum
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.

Soothe a Throat and Chest Tea

As I child the worst thing I had to tell my mom was that I had a sore throat.  I had my share of sore throats in my early school career as I had strep throat at least monthly. There was only one remedy.  I use that term loosely, it never seemed to remedy the problem and tasted

Soothe a Throat and Chest Teahorrible. Salt water.  I don’t remember my mom ever making the salt water for me, that was up to me,especially when I was older.  Sometimes I would barely add salt and other times I would dump a lot in depending on how badly my throat hurt.  Either way, it never helped and I suffered through the sore throat.  Help is on the way!  This yummy tea will soothe a sore throat and is an excellent expectorant.   The best thing about the tea is that you can make it when you are ill, but you don’t have to wait to be ill to drink it.  It is delicious anytime.  This warming tea will help you feel restored and comfy.  It is even good in the summer as a cold tea.

Soothe a Throat and Chest Tea for Two 

2 cups boiling water
1 teaspoon dried echinacea fresh edible flower (or roots)
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh ginger
1 lemon, juice of, freshly squeezed
1 teaspoon honey (or more to taste)

In a teapot, pour the boiling water over the echinacea and chopped ginger.
Cover and steep for 10-15 minutes.
Add lemon juice and honey and stir to mix. Strain and pour into 2 mugs.
Serve warm and enjoy!