Common Essential Oils and Their Uses forum: Enjoying the Outdoors........

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Imageforestmaiden
May 2, 2010 6:56 PM CST
Name: Sylvia
Ontario, Canada
My husband and I just love to sit outside in the summertime and enjoy the beautiful time of year, but at time the bugs are bothersome and can certainly take away some of the enjoyment. I put together a bug spray last year and we used it and worked very well! Into a 50ml bottle I put witch hazel (you could use distilled water) and I added 10 drops lemon grass EO, 10 drops citronella and 4 eucalyptus. We sprayed it directly onto our clothes and bodies and we weren't bothered and at times we also misted it into the air as we sat out into the night. It was great and a big plus is there are absolutely no chemicals, it is completely natural! There are countless uses for EO's and the more you learn about them the more comfortable you will become using them. And whatever money you spend you will get it back triplefold in the products you create and the peace of mind of knowing exactly what you have put into them. But again, always remember to purchase pure essential oils (not fragrances) and shake before use. If you have questions I will be more than happy to answer them the best I can and if there is something you would like to see here let me know................
Imagethreegardeners
May 2, 2010 7:01 PM CST
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Ontario, Canada
Perpetually happy!
Great idea! I'm going to try this.
These Canadian mosquitoes are nasty!

Would it be safe for dogs do you think?
Imageforestmaiden
May 2, 2010 9:34 PM CST
Name: Sylvia
Ontario, Canada
Hi Lee Anne! Using EO's on pets is something I am not sure of........it would have to be looked into a bit. I'll see what I can find out. I'm glad you like the recipe though!
Imagesunfarm
May 3, 2010 6:30 AM CST
Name: Sally
East Central Kentucky
I would be wary of putting anything directly on a pet, especially in an area they might be able to lick. I made collars a few years ago using candlewicking and saturated them with cedarwood and clary sage. Seemed to work well.
Living sustainably comes with learning to see the world in a new way.
Imageforestmaiden
May 5, 2010 11:15 AM CST
Name: Sylvia
Ontario, Canada
Hi Lee Anne! I did a bit of research on using EO's on dogs and what I came up with so far is that some folks put a few drops on the back of the dogs neck, once or twice a week. It seems to help with keeping the nasties away from them. It is pretty well what Sally said, as she uses the dogs collar which sounds like an excellent idea!








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Imagethreegardeners
May 5, 2010 11:23 AM CST
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Ontario, Canada
Perpetually happy!
Thank you...both of you!
mom2goldens
Jun 1, 2010 6:59 PM CST
Name: Linda
Carmel, IN
What a great tip--thank you! Can't wait to try this.
Imageforestmaiden
Jun 4, 2010 7:26 PM CST
Name: Sylvia
Ontario, Canada
I'm so glad you find it interesting, please let me know how it goes and if you have any questions never hesitate to ask!
ImagePerennialgirl
Apr 5, 2011 8:53 PM CST
Name: Donna
Winnipeg, Manitoba Zone 4
Sylvia, I definitely want to try your recipe this summer! Those little pests are so annoying when you're trying to work outside. Thanks!
Imageforestmaiden
May 24, 2011 10:11 AM CST
Name: Sylvia
Ontario, Canada
Hello everyone!

I thought I would talk a bit more of insects, little things that bite etc. Many of us enjoy going out for an evening walk or maybe just out and about on vacation. A simple solution is to put on an oil based rub before going out. Just place two tablespoons of a vegetable oil to which you have added 30 drops of lavender oil and rub the exposed areas of our bodies. They don't like the smell but it is pleasant to us!
If you decide on a last minute outing just have a bottle of pure essential oil of lavender handy, throw that into your bag along with a small bottle of vegetable oil and then when you arrive at your destination just always remember the 5 drops to 1 teaspoon of base oil and you can always be protected.
I know I often speak of lavender oil but it is one of the most useful, practical and economical EO's available! When you are in a pinch and don't have other oils handy, always try to have lavender with you and you will be covered.
ImagePerennialgirl
Jun 18, 2011 8:32 AM CST
Name: Donna
Winnipeg, Manitoba Zone 4
Sylvia how much witch hazel do you put in the bottle??
Imageforestmaiden
Jun 21, 2011 4:25 PM CST
Name: Sylvia
Ontario, Canada
Donna,
In a 50 ml bottle I would fill it up all with the witch hazel or you could use distilled water if you prefer and to that you add the EO's I mentioned in the above article. That's it! It is so simple and easy!

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