Those of you who know me, know that I haven’t drank the essential oil Kool-Aid, but I do believe there’s a proper place for them. Aromatherapy? I absolutely buy into that for stress relief, headaches, and possibly even helping colds and allergies, among other things. I love to use different scents in my lotions. But drink it? NO! No, no, no. Essential oils are not intended for ingestion, you guys. They’re just not. So please don’t do that.
With the recent explosion of people buying into the various pyramid marketing schemes, it may seem like essential oils are a fairly new practice. They’re not. I’ve been using essential oils since long before I ever heard of doTerra or Young Living. And like I said, I’ve enjoyed their use. In no way should they ever replace a physician or modern medicine, but adding a bit of lavender to your baby’s lotion before bed can relax him. And breathing in the scent of peppermint can reduce stress and some headaches. Have you ever used Vick’s Vapo Rub? Yeah, it’s pretty much the same concept. Like most things, essential oils do have their place in our lives, but please be careful with them (and Vick’s!!) with your babies!
And I recently found a new place for them in my life.
A few weeks ago I used an “all-natural” insect repellant on my toddler. It choked me and made me nauseous and sneezy for hours after spraying it, not to mention I had to put him directly in the bathtub after because it was incredibly greasy. I decided I was done with that–no more insect repellant. It’s disgusting and I hate the smell. Bring on the bug bites, we’ll handle it.
And then I re-thought that and decided I’d go ahead and try to make my own repellant. After all, burning citronella oils keeps the bugs away–how different can it be? As it turns out, not very. I looked up a few ideas online, read several blogs and articles about how to create your own insect repellant, then I started experimenting. I combined different products from different recipes until I came up with one that wasn’t oily and has a fresh aroma, rather than one that coats your nostrils for 4 days after use. We’ve been using it for awhile now and I’m happy to report that the bugs leave us the hell alone.
Here’s my recipe:
1/2 c boiled water
1/4 c witch hazel
1/8 c lemon juice
2 drops each: citronella, rosemary, and tea tree essential oil
3 drops each: eucalyptus, lemon grass, and peppermint essential oils
*Mix them all together and put them in a squirt bottle.
Guys, please remember that just because they’re “natural” does not mean that essential oils are 100% safe. Like all things, they are toxic if you overuse them. And because they’re so strong, you can overuse essential oils before you realize it! You should never use essential oils on small babies and you should always check with your pediatrician before using them. Please do not get your medical advice from a sales consultant–that’s too much responsibility on them, as they’re not trained to dispense medical information.
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