NATURAL INSECT REPELLENTS are safer than chemicals but because volatile, reapplication needs to be relatively frequent, normally about every half hour. Though there is room for considerable customization, nearly all repellents are based on citronella. Small amounts of clove bud, eucalyptus, lavender, lemongrass, peppermint, and tea tree can be added to the citronella and a carrier can be used to make the oil heavier and stretch the use. Be careful to test all oils for possible allergic reaction before using directly on the skin. Avoid contact with open skin as well as the eyes.
The essential oils should constitute about 10-15% of the mix. Any good quality oil can be used as a carrier: olive, sunflower, jojoba, almond, or even shea butter. You can also try using witch hazel. After an insect bite or sting, try mixing lavender with propolis and putting this directly onto the irritated site.
Basil, Sweet, Therapeutic Quality Essential
Basil is an insect repellent and nervine, meaning it relaxes the mind and eases pain. It is a stomachic and cleans the intestines. Basil blends well with eucalyptus, frankincense, ginger, lavender, lemon, and rosemary.
Citronella, Therapeutic Quality Essential
Cymbopogon nardus, unsprayed
This oil is distilled from the fresh grass and is a natural insect repellent and vermifuge. It is often used to disinfect rooms and freshen the air. At low doses, it is non-toxic but it pays to test for skin sensitivity before applying to the skin or clothing. It blends well with eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, peppermint, rosemary, and tea tree.
Consider using this or a blend based predominantly on citronella in the amulet. It can also be added to the water used to mop floors, and it can be diffused using a nebulizer or candle.
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|Clove Bud, Therapeutic Quality Essential
Madagascar, certified organic
Clove bud oil is most commonly used for tooth aches but is very antimicrobial and
antifungal. It is an excellent respiratory and cardiovascular
aid. There is some research suggesting it normalizes thyroid function.
If diluted (1% essential oil), clove oil can be used on the skin
for acne, warts, scars, and parasites. It blends well with basil
and cinnamon as well as lavender.
Eucalyptus, Therapeutic Quality Essential
Eucalyptus radiata, certified organic
Eucalyptus is generally used as an inhalant for long-term sinus and respiratory
complaints. Our species, radiata, is gentler than many forms of eucalyptus
and therefore is suitable people who have spasms and other irritations. It
can be used as an antimicrobial for both bacteria and viral infections. It
combines well with lemon but also can be used with peppermint and
|Lavender, Therapeutic Quality Essential
Lavendula angustifolia, certified organic
Lavender is one of the best known essential oils. It was added
to bath water in Roman times and is associated with both cleanliness
and deeper forms of hygiene, such as wound care, including serious
abscesses. It can be added to a carrier to ease the pain and itchiness of insect bites and stings. It is non-toxic and non-irritating
and blends well with lemon and peppermint when taken to reduce spasms
and relax nerves.
Lavender essential oil can be added to shampoo and/or conditioner — approximately one drop per ounce — as well as to ice cream, cheesecake, and rice pudding and many other culinary dishes. It imparts nuance and interest and lengthens the shelf life of the foods, but a little is better than too much.
Montana Propolis Tincture Extra Thick - 0.5 fl oz
Propolis is used by bees to protect their hives. It has been used by humans to boost immunity.
Contents: 65% pure raw propolis by weight, in a food-grade alcohol base.
Lemon, Therapeutic Quality Essential
Citrus limonum, certified organic
considered to be one of the adaptogens. It is antifungal, insecticidal,
antiseptic, and antimicrobial. It is also a vermifuge, decongestant,
febrifuge, and vasoconstrictor. Externally, it can be used
to reduce cellulite, acne, and warts. It can be gargled for
sore throats or taken internally to promote circulation and reduce
the risks of varicose veins, phlebitis, and thrombosis. It is a
pancreatic stimulant and lowers blood sugar. It is non-toxic and non-irritating
unless used in direct sun when some individuals may exhibit signs of phototoxicity. It
combines well with other citrus oils and lavender.
Lemongrass, Therapeutic Quality Essential
Cymbopogon citratus, certified organic
Lemongrass is often used for skin toning and to balance the central
nervous system, but studies suggest it is one of the better antifungal
oils. It can be used for athlete's foot and makes a good insect
repellent. It is also used to relieve symptoms of jet lag. Tiny
amounts can be taken internally to stimulate digestion and relieve
flatulence. It combines exceptionally well with lemon or tea tree
|Peppermint, Therapeutic Quality Essential
Mentha piperita, certified organic
is another famous essential oil. It is a neurotonic and chologogue
with signficant antimicrobial action. It is antibacterial and
antiviral as well as antifungal. It is useful in cases of gingivitis,
toothache, nausea, liver congestion, and irritable bowel syndrome. It
enhances immunity and can even be used to reduce risks of epidemics
such as cholera and yellow fever. On the subtle level, peppermint
is believed to increase receptivity and insight and even to promote
the ability to prophesize. Obviously, there is much lore surrounding
peppermint. In moderation, peppermint is nontoxic and even
safe for use during pregnancy. It blends nicely with lemon
and lime or other respiratory oils such as eucalyptus.
Rosemary, Therapeutic Quality Essential
Rosmarinus officinalis ct. cineole, certified organic
is stimulating and can be used where there is drowsiness and/or sluggish elimination. It is also antifungal and is often considered for used with candida and is especially indicated where there is pulmonary congestion. Has been shown to be clinically effective against staphylococcus and streptococcus. It should not be used during pregnancy or by people suffering from epilepsy. It blends well with many other oils: basil, ginger, lavender, lemon, and peppermint.
Tea Tree, Therapeutic Quality Essential
Melaleuca alternifolia, certified organic
is a very powerful antiseptic and insect repellent. It is analgesic
and sedative. It is said to aid recovery from heart attacks,
but mainly it is used on skin conditions, everything from acne and
athlete's foot to chicken pox and herpes. It is antiseptic to the
urinary tract and promotes flow of urine. It is a mood elevator
and therefore helps combat both fatigue and depression. It
combines well with cinnamon, eucalyptus, lemon, and peppermint.