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DIY Flea Collar

AAAAaaaargh!  We’ve got fleas!  We have never had a flea problem until we moved to Texas.  We have always treated our pets once a month, but here in Texas, it didn’t help at all.  Last year we hired an exterminator to come and spray the house and yard.  We welcomed winter and the end of any flea threat.

Oscar and Charlie Sunning Themselves

Oscar and Charlie Sunning Themselves

Here we are in mid-March and we have already discovered fleas on our dogs.  They were immediately taken to the bathroom for a flea bath and spray.  Why is this happening?  The exterminator just came and sprayed.

We adopted our little Charlie that was found at the stables where our daughter rides.  He’s the cutest chocolate and cream chihuahua.  He was so infested with fleas that when we first picked him up we took him straight to get a flea dip.  We spent the next 30 minutes coming fleas out of him.  How can such a little dog have so many fleas?  I think he had his weight in fleas on him. Charlie hasn’t come without any issues.  We have often wondered what challenges and abuse he suffered in the few months of life he had lived before making his way into our hearts and homes.

Charlie on the day we got him ~ Halloween Day 2014

Charlie on the day we got him ~ Halloween Day 2014

He never knew where his next meal was coming from.  This was evident when at Christmas he found a clear plastic thumbtack and quickly picked it up and ran to chew it.  For Valentines my sweet husband sent me a dozen red roses.  As I pulled the roses out to put in a vase a few crumbles of green floral foam fell on the kitchen floor, he quickly ate it up!  Poor guy!  We feed him twice a day, but he still looks for food.  We have eight oak trees and two ash trees that seem to always be dropping acorns and nuts.  Charlie is constantly working to open and eat them.

He is terrified of men.  Each time he sees a man or hears one walking he begins to growl and bark.  He does not like Dad kissing Mom or our daughter. Tonight he was sleeping under my comforter on my bed when a tapestry my husband had hung fell off the wall.  The pole hit the ground loud and hard.  It scared me.  It terrified him.  Charlie came out of the covers, looked over and saw the pole partially standing on end, jumped off the bed so hard and fast he skidded into our rocker.  He hit with such force and speed that he slid across the room into the door and ran out the hallway.  I finally have him calmed down and sitting on my chest, but he is on constant alert and keeps looking over to where the pole was.  We removed the pole from the room and shut the door to the pole’s new home.

Charlie has brought such joy into our home.  He makes us laugh so hard.  He loves us.  He entertains us.  I didn’t want another dog, but Charlie has wormed his way into my heart and I am in love.

But, back to the fleas.  This year I am going to try this DIY Flea Collar recipe.

DIY Flea Collar with Essential OilsDIY Flea Collar ~ Essential Anew
½ tsp. rubbing alcohol
1 drop Cedarwood EO
1 drop Lavender EO
1 drop Citronella EO
1 drop Thyme EO
4 garlic capsules
1 soft pet collar

Break garlic capsules open and add the contents to the mixing bowl. Blend your ingredients together and pour it over the collar until fully absorbed. Let dry before putting around your pet’s neck. It should be effective for one month.

Fleas, just like mosquitoes, do not like the taste of garlic. I am going to start squeezing a little garlic oil on the dog’s food each day to keep those pesky fleas away. I’ve got some of that pre-chopped garlic in my fridge, it is preserved in oil, I will try using that oil on their food.

Let me know what you do to keep fleas off of your pets.  Have you tried a DIY Flea Collar?

 

 

 

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:
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.

Essential Oils Basics

Essential Oils have become more mainstream. But before you use them it is important to understand and know how to use these very powerful oils. So today I bring you Essential Oils Basics.

Essential Oil Basics with Recipes ~ Essential Anew

*Always store essential oils in a cool, dark place with caps tightly secured. Air and light are the great offenders of essential oils.
*ALWAYS properly dilute essential oils before you use them on skin or in the bath.
*ALWAYS keep essential oils away from eyes.
*If you are pregnant consult a qualified health practitioner before using any essential oil preparation.
*Do NOT ingest essential oils except on advice of a qualified healthcare professional.

REMEMBER ~ Blends are most effective when combining 2-5 EOs. Keep in mind these ratios when blending.

Mixing and Blending Essential Oils

Air Freshener ~ Fill a 4 oz. spritzer bottle with distilled water and add 40-60 drops EO. Always shake before spraying.

Bath ~ To relieve tension, muscle aches, sluggish circulation, and general fatigue simply add essential oils to a bath. Add 5-10 drops of pure EO to 1 tsp. of carrier. Use a natural bath gel base, natural shampoo or grape seed oil. Add to a fully drawn bath and gently stir into bath water just before getting in. Relax in tub for 20 min. and rest for another 30 minutes after. NOTE: Never add EOs to bath without diluting first. “Hot” and citrus oils added to a bath may cause irritation to sensitive skin.

Essential Oil Basics with Bath Recipes ~ Essential AnewTry Using these Blends:
Calming, Soothing Bath ~ Lavender, Rosewood, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Jasmine, Geranium, Neroli or Petitgrain, Frankincense, Patchouli, Mandarin, Spikenard, Tangerine, Angelica, Sandalwood
Energizing, Toning Bath ~ Spruce, Rosemary, Juniper, Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Pine, Fir, Basil, Lime
Winter, Detox Bath ~ Rosemary, Ginger, Black Pepper, Eucalyptus, Pine, Fir, Spruce, Myrtle, Lavender, Juniper, Cypress, Cardamom, Tea Tree, Laurus Nobilis, Ravensara
Summer, Cooling Bath ~ Lavender, Geranium, Rose, Juniper, Spearmint, Palmarosa, Lime

Foot Soaks ~ Everyone benefits from foot treatments; a foot soak can revive, relax or restore your entire system. These effective remedies can easily be done yourself. Fill a tub for your feet with water and stir in essential oils. After soaking, wrap feet in a large towel and relax an additional 5-10 minutes.

Essential Oil Basics Foot Bath Recipe ~ Essential Anew

Try these blends:
Soothing, Stress-Release Foot Bath ~ Use very warm to hot water, soak feet for 20 minutes, add 12 drops Marjoram, 2 drops Lemongrass and 6 drops Cedarwood
Reviving, Fortifying Foot Bath – Use very cold to icy water, soak feet for 5 minutes, add 10 drops Pine, 5 drops Peppermint, 5 drops Rosemary
Cleansing Foot Bath ~ Use tepid to warm water, soak feet 15-20 minutes add 8 drops Lemon, 8 drops Eucalyptus, 8 drops Tea Tree

Body Balm ~ To enjoy your own custom lotion add 15-20 drops EO for each ounce of lotion base.

Body Spritzer ~ Mix 4 oz. distilled water or pure floral water with 30-50 drops of pure EO. Shake well before each use. Remember always avoid spraying EOs in eyes.

Quick Cool Therapy ~ To quickly revive the senses and increase mental acuity, put a few drops of EOs on an icy cold damp cloth, apply over or wrap around hands, back of neck or feet. Try this with 2 drops Rosemary, 1 drop Basil and 3 drops Eucalyptus.

Inhalation ~ Place 2-5 drops of pure EO on a clean tissue, inhale. A quick method would be to rub a few drops of EO in the palms of your hands, then inhale. To revive your senses use Rosemary EO.
Try using these blends:
Energizing ~ Rosemary, Basil, Eucalyptus, Pine, Lemon, Fir, Peppermint, Grapefruit, Tangerine, Spearmint.
Calming/Sedative ~ Lavender, Chamomile, Bergamot, Neroli or Peititgrain, Rose, Clary Sage, Marjoram
Soothing ~ Lavender, Rose, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Angelica, Neroli or Petitgrain, Mandarin, Lime, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense

Steam Inhalation ~ Pour steaming hot water into a glass or stainless steel bowl. Add 5 drops of

Essential Oil Basics with Steam Inhalation Recipe ~ Essential Anew

essential oil combination (Breathe Easy, ImmuBoost Extra) to the water. Close eyes to avoid irritation, drape a towel over your head and bowl and inhale 3-5 minutes. Repeat several times a day as needed. Useful for sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, and other respiratory issues.

Steam Facial/Sinus Inhalation ~ Place 5-8 drops of EO into a bowl of hot water. Sit comfortably, your face over the vapors with a large towel covering your head and the bowl. Remember to keep your eyes closed. When the water cools, rinse your face with cool water and apply a true floral water, a hydrolat or hydrosol, hydrating toner or soothing facial oil.
Try these blends:
Facial Cleanser/Detox ~ Lavender, Chamomile, Fennel, Tea Tree, Bergamot, Geranium, Laurus Nobilis, Eucalyptus, Ravensara
Sinus Congestion ~ Lavender, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Pine, Fir, Peppermint, Spruce, Frankincense

Full Body Massage ~ Add 10-15 drops of pure EO to 1 oz. of carrier such as grape seed oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil, massage lotion or body butter.

Partial Body Massage ~ Add 20-40 drops pure EO to 1 oz. carrier.
Try these blends for pain. Massage on painful areas as needed:
Everyday Aches and Pains ~ Rosemary, Juniper, Lavender, Helichrysum
Cool Penetrating Relief ~ Peppermint, Juniper, Cajeput, Eucalyptus
Deep Warming Relief ~ Ginger, Black Pepper, Eucalyptus, Juniper

Compress is a simple, but powerful form of treatment that is too often overlooked. A compress is basically cloth saturated in hot or cold water and applied to a specific area of the body. The placement, temperature and moisture content determines its effectiveness. To greatly enhance the benefits of a compress treatment just add essential oils.

In a clean bowl mix 6-10 drops of EO with 8 oz. of steaming hot or icy water. Place a clean cloth into the bowl of water with essential oils and wring out enough excess water so that the cloth is not dripping. Place this cloth compress on the desired area, cover the compress with plastic wrap and top snugly with a large dry towel. Use soothing essential oils such as Lavender, Chamomile, Helichrysum, Laurus Nobilis or Ravensara.
Use a Hot Water Compress to increase circulation, apply for 2 hours. Use a Cold Water Compress to reduce swelling, apply for 30 minutes.

Ratios to Remember
Full Body Application ~ 10-15 drops of EO per 1 oz. of base
Partial Body Application ~ 20-40 drops of EO per 1 oz. base
Facial Blend ~ 6-10 drops of EO per 1 oz. base
Bath ~ 5-12 drops EO to bath water
Skin Care Tonic ~ 10-15 drops EO per 2 oz. distilled water
Body Spritzer ~ 15-25 drops EO per 2 oz. distilled water
Room Freshener ~ 20-30 drops EO per 2 oz. distilled water

Measurements to Remember
30 mL= 1 oz. or 2 Tablespoons
15 mL= 1/2 oz. or 1 Tablespoon
5 mL= 1/6 oz. or 1 teaspoon

 

Help for Arthritis and a Few Blend Recipes

The sun is finally showing its face after weeks of hiding out, but it seems to cool down a little more in the evening.  That got me thinking of my mom in Idaho and how cold it is there.  She suffers from arthritis in her hands; I know the cold is difficult for her.

So, to help my mom out I am sharing two recipes and a few suggestions to help with arthritis pain. As always, consult your doctor if you are on special medications and to get approval to use aromatherapy.

With arthritis uric acid build up needs to be eliminated, and new accumulations must be prevented. The body needs to be stimulated to repair damaged surfaces as much as possible on its own. Circulation to arthritic joints must be improved to drain off wastes and improve nutrition to the tissues.

Essential oils can be used in a various ways to achieve results. Detoxifying oils, such as Cypress, Fennel, Juniper and Lemon are used in baths and massage to help release poisons. Painkilling oils, such as Chamomile, Lavender and Rosemary are used in baths, local massage or compresses on affected joints, and local circulation can be improved by the use of Ginger and Marjoram.

When heat is applied to painful, stiffened joints through baths, hot compresses or warming massage, it is very important to move the joints as much as possible immediately afterwards, otherwise heating can cause congestion which will make the condition worse rather than better.  Any of these forms of treatment will reduce pain in the joint and make some movement possible.

There are many Essential Oils, as listed above, that can give relief to arthritis pain; through trial and error you will find the combination that works best for you.  Remember to NEVER apply Essential Oils directly to the skin ~ ALWAYS dilute oils with your favorite carrier oil.  To begin use a 1% dilution and increase up to 3%.  Massage oils into the affected area at least twice a day and as much as needed.  A 1% dilution would be 6 drops of Essential Oil to 2 Tbs. (1 oz.) of carrier oil or massage lotion.

Clove Bud Essential Oil can give tremendous relief.  Mix 12 drops of Clove bud oil in 2 ounces (4 Tbs) of your favorite carrier oil.  Don’t mix it any stronger as Clove Bud can be irritating to the skin.

Warm My Joints Arthritis Bath Soak ~Essential Anew

Warm My Joints Arthritis Bath Soak
4 drops Juniper berry EO
2 drops Lavender EO
2 drops Cypress EO
2 dropsRosemary EO
Add this blend to a bath while filling or just after filling and soak for 20-30 minutes.

 

Warm My Joints Arthritis Massage Oil ~ Essential Anew

Warm My Joints Arthritis Massage Oil
6 drops Chamomile  EO
4 drops Marjoram EO
3 drops Coriander EO
3 drops Rosemary  EO
2 drops Vanilla Blend or Vanilla Absolute
1 drop Black Pepper EO
1 drop Ginger EO
2 ounces (4 Tbs.) Carrier Oil of your choice.

Blend well in a glass bottle. Massage daily into legs, knees or other sore joints.

Heal an Owie Cream

Heal an Owie Cream

Over the holidays our teenage and twenty-something year old kids went paint balling. They had a great time!  But I was surprised by the oozing wound on our daughter’s neck. Even though the kids had a 20 foot rule it turns out big brother is a poor judge of distance.

Doctor Daddy suggested it would be wise to put an anti-biotic cream on it just as a precaution and to help it heal.  She doesn’t even like to take acetaminophen or ibuprofen, so an ointment was out of the question.  One summer her hands got so dry that her knuckles began to crack and bleed. She refused to put lotion or Aquaphor on it to keep it moist and heal.  I had to apply the Aquaphor if she would agree to it.

A few weeks of healing

A few weeks of healing

Looking at her neck made my stomach turn. But, she is a tough girl having four big brothers.  She never cried, nor did she complain.  I think it helped that her brothers’ friends thought it was a cool battle wound.

 

A few weeks later it began to slowly dry over and begin to heal.  She continued to refused any ointments or Aquaphor to help it stay moist.

I wish I had had this Heal an Owie Cream recipe then to put on her neck and help it heal.  Over a month later, it looks much better, but there is still a discoloration in her skin color.

There are many effective antiseptic essential oils, but the most effective ones are:  Bergamot, Lavender, Tea Tree, Clove, Myrrh, Basil, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Lemon, Pine, Thyme and Rosemary.

A word about Tea Tree essential oil.  It has both antiseptic and antibiotic qualities.  It should be used topically.  Unlike over the counter antiseptics such as iodine, mercurochorme (that red stuff we used to use as kids), it does not damage healthy tissue while killing bacteria so it does not interfere or slow the healing process.

Heal an Owie Cream

 

Heal an Owie Cream

50 ml dark colored glass jar
43 ml Base Cream 
20 drops (1 ml) Lavender Essential Oil
15 drops Geranium Essential Oil
15 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

Blend all ingredients together and keep in a dark colored glass jar to preserve the integrity of the essential oils. Use this antiseptic blend to assist in the healing of cuts and wounds. Use directly onto injury and cover with bandage or band-aid.

Heal an Owie Cream ~ Essential Anew

Vanishing Wrinkle Blend

The years are rolling along and it seems each year I find a new fine line or added wrinkle.

Here’s a Vanishing Wrinkle Blend to use to erase the years.
Vanishing Wrinkle Blend
10 drops Neroli EO
10 drops Lavender EO
10 drops Frankincense EO
2 drops Rosemary EO
10 drops Fennel EO
3 drops Lemon EO
10 drops Carrot EO
10 drops Evening Primrose EO

Dilute essential oils in 30 mls in either Hazelnut or Apricot Kernel oil. Apply nightly to face, neck and chest.

Vanishing Wrinkle Blend

 

Ward Off Winter Blues Bath Mixes

This winter has seemed to be unusually cold … even here in south Texas.  Now, I am not complaining because after living in a part of the world where it was perpetual summer with nearly 100% humidity and temperatures in the 90’s all year long, I’ve decided that I am not a purely summertime girl and I’ve been enjoying the change of temperature.  I just don’t like being cold for too long.

I’m also a bath every night kind of girl, rain or shine, hot or cold.  I love taking a good bath. Bath time is when Michael Bublé pays me a visit, via my iPad, and we sing duets together every night.  What could be better?

Wintertime Bath Oil Mixes

Perhaps a bath that softens and nourishes dry, damaged or stressed skin.  That is why I am going to share with you this hint today. Add some essential oils to your bath.  The warm bath water helps the oil absorb into the skin and is excellent for moisturizing in the drying winter season.

Always add oils to the bath with a carrier oil; they offer emolliency and nourishment for your skin.  Adding essential oil to the carrier oil promotes subtle energetic effects.

To ward off wintertime blues, colds and chills try this mix.

Warm Me Up Bath Mix

The blessings of Lavender

The blessings of Lavender

3 drops Lavender Essential Oil
2 drops Clove Bud Essential Oil
1 drop Cedarwood Essential Oil

Mix with 1-2 oz. Carrier Oil such as sweet almond, hazelnut, jojoba, or grape seed

Shake well. Blend in your bath water prior to getting in.

 

You may also like to try this one

Pick Me Up and Warm Me Up Bath Mix

Wintertime Bath Oil Mix

3 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
3 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
1 drop Wintergreen Essential Oil

Mix with 1-2 oz. Carrier Oil such as sweet almond, hazelnut, jojoba, or grape seed

Shake well. Blend in your bath water prior to getting in.

Make the Pain Go Away Headache Blend

Make the Pain Go Away Headache Blend

 

Make the Pain Go Away Headache Blend

1 Tbs. Jojoba Oil
1 Tbs. Grapeseed Oil
1 Tbs. Sweet Almond Oil
16 drops Lavender EO
8 drops Peppermint EO
6 drops Marjoram EO

Mix oils together in a small dark amber or blue bottle, shake well to blend.  Let stand four days to synergize.  Massage 1-2 drops into the base of the neck and at the temples, take care not to get blend in your eyes.  you can also add 1-2 tsp. into warm bath water, agitate oil in water and soak.

 

How to Make Your Own Anti-Bacterial EO Combination AKA Thieves®

It has been said that during the plague thieves would go through all the corpses to see what goods were left behind.  To protect themselves from contracting the plague it is also said that they used a blend of oils or spices.

Wives’ Tale?  Perhaps.  But, today a blend has been used in much the same way … minus the plague.  Thank goodness!

Try making this blend and using it as a an oil, in your hand or body soap to help disinfect and keep illness at bay.  Let me know what you think.  How does it work for you?

This makes about 280 drops, enough to fill a 15ml bottle

80 drops Clove Bud oil
70 drops Lemon oil
40 drops Cinnamon oil
30 drops Eucalyptus Radiata oil
20 drops Rosemary oil
Up to 40 drops total other oils such as Tea Tree, Frankincense and/or Lavender

Add oils to your EO bottle and use topically with a carrier oil or in a diffuser (without a carrier oil).

Eucalyptus oils have a component that is poisonous.  Remember, you would need to ingest 3.5 ml of Eucalyptus oil to be fatal. Be safe, keep these oils out of the reach of children. Make sure to read the labels on your essential oils bottles carefully before using.

Remember that it is never safe to ingest essential oils, always use topically diluted with your choice of a carrier oil such as coconut or grape seed.  You may also choose to add it to your hand soap or body wash.

Use this oil in a mixture of coconut oil as a mouthwash to help with dental issues, wound care, cleaning and disinfecting, for illness rub on chest or diffuse (without a carrier oil).  Be sure to use your carrier oil when using on your body.

Thieves Blend

This post is not meant to diagnose or treat your ailments, always seek medical advice when sick or ill.