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Bug Spray

This recipe has been working very well for me and my family to keep mosquitos away:


Bug Off!

2 ounces Distilled Water

10 drops Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus)

8 drops Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus)

5 drops Blue Tansy (Tanacetum annum)


Shake well in spray bottle and apply liberally over exposed skin before going outside.


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July 2, 2014

Are you enjoying the sunshine now that Summer has officially begun? Now is a good time for some tips on how to take care of sunburned skin. And don't you want to spend more time outdoors without having to deal with bug bites? What if you do get bitten? Here you'll find some natural remedies and recipes for your skin this summer. Don't forget the Bug Spray recipe on the left side bar. I hope it's all helpful! 

With Love,

"We're all in this together." 
Enjoy the sunshine
In case of sunburn


It's important to allow yourself a little bit of sun so you can manufacture that wonderful hormone called Vitamin D but after 20 minutes it's time to reach for a good sunscreen. I like: 

Finding a good sunscreen takes some thought and time. How do YOU take care of your skin without harsh chemicals and still pick products that are environmentally friendly? I'd like to hear your thoughts!

If you end your day outdoors with a sunburn what do you do? I've learned to put something 'cooling' on sunburned skin before using any blend of essential oils that would add more heat to the skin. In other words, try combining a hydrosol or aloe vera gel with some essential oils for the first couple of days and then you can reach for an "after sun butter" if you need some deeper healing. When you come in from the sun you can try either of these two recipes first:

1 oz Organic Aloe Vera Gel
10 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

Mix well in a squeeze bottle and apply liberally over sunburned skin 2- 3 times/day for a few days (mild to moderate sunburn)

1 oz Lemon Balm Hydrosol (you could pick other hydrosols)
5 drops Carrot Seed (Daucus carota)
5 drops Rose/Geranium co-distill (Rosa damascena/Pelargouium Roseum X Asperum)

Mix well in a spray bottle and spray thoroughly over sunburned areas several times a day as needed for the first few days of mild to moderate sunburn

For deeper skin healing: 

Ask me to make you a rich, skin healing, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant 'butter' on the stove using:

Coconut oil 
Kombo butter
Avocado oil 
Essential oils

A two ounce jar will cost you $15.00 
Great remedy for bug bites
My Personal Experience


Yikes! During the Solstice weekend I was outdoors under the stars and got caught off guard by mosquitoes that found their way up the leg of my pants. They even bit through my socks! I used bug spray on my arms, neck and exposed skin, but not on my legs -- and I found dozens of bites on my calves!


I've used this recipe from Andrea at Aromahead before - for pain and inflammation - but when I tried it on my bug-bitten legs it quickly relieved the itching and pain from my bug bites: 


No More Blues
10 drops German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
15 drops Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)
20 drops Cape Chamomile (Eriocephalus punctulatus)
2 oz. aloe vera gel
1 oz. German chamomile hydrosol

1/2 -teaspoon guar gum


Warm the aloe in a double boiler. Once warm (not boiling) sprinkle the guar gum and stir. Add the aloe/guar gum mixture and the rest of the ingredients to a small bowl and use an immersion (stick) blender to blend the essential oils, aloe and hydrosol.

The result will be a slightly thick, cooling, aromatic gel to reduce pain and inflammation.


Try a half teaspoon massaged over your bite 3 - 4 times/day.