Everyone hates being annoyed by mosquitoes, flies and other insects. I don’t know about you, but I hate spraying things on my skin that I don’t know what the ingredients are.
I’m an avid organic gardener, I love the beach and I live in South Australia – we’re currently experiencing 40+ degrees C all this week (that’s 104+ F) and I choose not to even wear sunscreen. This is because our skin in the largest and most absorbent organ of our body and I choose not to deliberately poisen myself or my family members.
Of course I pick my times when I’m outside in such extreme temperatures. I water my garden in the evening and do all other outside chores in the early morning, so I can get away with just wearing a hat for protection from the sun. However, this doesn’t protect me from flies or mosquitoes and if you’ve ever visited South Australia in the summer you’ll understand just how bad the flies can be!! And unfortunately that lovely time of the day (dusk) when the flies dissappear, the mozzies take over!
So I found myself looking for a cheap, effective alternative to shop bought bottles or sprays of chemicals to combat these pesky, flying annoyances. I wanted a natural fly repellent that is easy and cheap to make.
What a great way to start the New Year (or any time you want to get organized). This collection of essential oils can help deal with many health related issues.
This gives you a natural medicine cabinet of powerful essential oils that you have right in your own home. It also includes information on ways to optimize the therapeutic benefits of essential oils. Whether they are inhaled, diffused, applied topically, added to bathwater or used in body massage these powerful essential oils can bring life-enhancing qualities to everyday.
Just for example, the essential oils of the four thieves blend have properties including: antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-infectious. They stimulate the immune system, circulation and respiratory system, which helps protect against flu, colds, bronchitis, pneumonia, sore throats, cuts, and more.
It’s folklore that this blend of essential oils was used in the 15th Century by grave robbers and thieves during the time of the black plague to prevent these people from contracting this disease, while great numbers of people were dying around them – this is where it got its name – Four Thieves.
So I think that this collection of essential oil is a must for every home if you want to be able to provide your family with natural home remedies available immediately you need them.
There’s not a lot that’s more frustrating than the urge to itch and knowing that when you do satisfy your itch you’re actually making it worse. Mosquito bites are so itchy and while most of us have strategies to prevent getting bitten, there’s always a few that are going to get through your defenses. I hate putting chemicals of any kind on my skin, so I was looking for a natural alternative to soothe the itch.
I did some research and found that Aloe vera – amazing plant – is not only useful for the relief of burns and abrasions, but works for mosquito bite relief also.
You want to make sure you have the right Aloe (Aloe vera) as there are many different Aloes. I’ve grown it for as long as I can remember.
All you need do is break a small piece from the plant and squeeze the gel out onto your mosquito bite. You should feel almost instant relief – from both the mild pain and the itch. You can store the piece of Aloe vera that you broke off your plant in a small plastic bag or container in your fridge and reapply as needed. It will keep for at least a week this way. So there you have it – another tip using something nature provided – to give you mosquito bite relief.
To your health and happiness,
P.S. The picture is some Aloe vera I had grown from pups (the little plants at the base), ready to go into bigger pots