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Beating Bugs
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    We love summer but we certainly don’t love the bugs that come along with it. Whether you’re jetting off for an exotic vacation or hanging out at home over the summer months, you need to make sure that those irritating critters don’t spoil your fun. Thankfully there are some great aromatic ways to make you less attractive to the pests – and some great soothers in the event that you are bitten or stung.


    Prevention Is Better Than Cure

    Be prepared. If you know you’re going to be in an area which has a lot of insect wildlife, then get organized. Lemongrass and citronella are both great anti-bug oils to use in the general environment. Add a few drops to bowls of hot water or add to strips of paper you can hang at the window or around light bulbs. You can also add a few drops to a plant-spray filled with water and spritz your room.

    Mosquitoes really dislike essential oils in general, but particularly loathe lavender and red thyme. Pop a few drops on a tissue and keep it by you.

    Also make up our massage blend (see below) and spritz and use liberally throughout the summer. If you’re going away, you don’t need to take large quantities – just make up the essential oil mix before and buy some local carrier oil (sweet almond, coconut, neem, argan).

    If you don’t have time to make up these DIY blends, our Travel Companion will certainly help – apply around the body – on ankles and behind knees as well as the usual pulse points.


    Away With You! Banish Bugs Spritz

    This not only will deter bugs but it also smells light and refreshing – ideal for a summer body spritz. Don’t forget to pay particular attention to your ankles (bugs love ankles). You can also use this on your face and body at night, but do not spray the face directly. You can spray your hands and wipe them onto your face, but avoid using on the hands and faces of young children and babies. If using on face, we suggest doing a patch test first.

    • 4 oz Jojoba
    • 10 drops Patchouli
    • 5 drops Lemongrass
    • 15 drops Cedarwood
    • 10 drops Spikenard


    Be-Gone Bugs Bedtime Blend

    This body blend is light, easily absorbed and will make your skin feel lovely, as well as fighting bedtime bugs. The oils are relaxing as well as bug-bashing, to help you get a great night’s sleep.

    • 4 oz water
    • 20 drops Lavender
    • 15 drops Cedarwood
    • 5 drops Lemongrass


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    First Aid for Bites and Stings

    • Wasp stings. Wasp venom is alkaline so you need to neutralize the poison with acid. Cider vinegar is your best bet (though any vinegar will do at a push). Dab it on until the pain and swelling reduce. To prevent infection afterwards, add a drop of lavender or tea tree oil to each tablespoon of vinegar.
    • Bee stings. Unlike wasp stings, bee stings are acidic. First you will need to remove the stinger – do this very carefully using tweezers (hold as near as possible to the skin itself and avoiding the venom sac). Don’t be tempted to try to pull it out with your fingers. Now, apply the following solution: one teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in one tablespoon of water. Add one drop of lavender to help prevent infection.
    • Mosquito bites. Dab neat lavender oil on the bite. If you have been bitten widely all over your body, make up a mixture of 1 cup of cider vinegar with 10 drops of lavender oil and 5 drops of thyme. Add to a luke-warm bath and relax. This also works for gnats and midges.
    • Zena Hallam
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