Aromatic Life

May, 2016

BUGS!!!!!  The Natural Way


Mosquito Repellents

For those looking for nonchemical alternatives, plant-based mosquito repellents are now available. Most are made with plant oils that repel mosquitoes, including basil, citronella, castor,cedar, eucalyptus, rosemary, lemongrass, peppermint, onion, garlic, feverfew, clove and geranium. But these products are more susceptible to elements like perspiration and wind, so they must be
reapplied more frequently.
Add Catnip to this list Catnip is about ten times more effective at repelling mosquitoes
than DEET — the compound used in most commercial insect repellents.


Flea Collars

Apply a few drops of Cedarwood to your dogs collar.
Will help to repel fleas.


Insect Bites
Moisten a cotton swab in Fresh Lemon Juice, Apple Cider Vinegar
or Witch Hazel
Add 1 -2 drops of essential oil to the swab then dab on the bite.
Try Lavender, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus or Lemongrass


Aromatherapy for your Dog
Essential oils work very well as flea and tick repellents. They have
been the active components of herbal flea collars for a very long
time, and are far safer to use than the commonly prescribed “once-a-
month” chemical flea and tick preparations. A spritz spray to repel
fleas might contain Peppermint, Citronella, Lemon and Clary Sage.
Ticks are repelled by essential oils such as Geranium, Bay,
Opoponax, Lavender and Myrrh. Add 15-25 drops of these oils in 8 oz.
of distilled water. Shake well before each use, and spritz on your
dog daily to keep fleas away. These mixtures can also be sprayed on
bedding or around the doorways of your home.


Keep Bugs Away at your Picnic

Place 3 drops any insect repellent
essential oils, Lemongrass or Citronella work well, in a bowl of
Soak some ribbons in this solution before attaching them to the
branches of your trees.


Mosquito Bites – Dab tea tree (with Q-tip) on mosquito bites. We’ve
had phenomenal success with a number of people who get welts from
the bites. Not only does it relive the itching, but the welt goes