Category: Oily Things

Beware Bugs and Burns

Enjoying summer nights can be hard to do if you are fighting with pesky bugs who want to nibble on your ankles.  A few years ago we began searching for an alternative to the icky chemical bug repellents you can buy.  We discovered that using Young Living essential oils is as effective and smells so much nicer too! Here’s a recipe we have used and love.

summer nights

Bug Repellent Spray or Cream

In the bottom of a 2 oz spray bottle, put a pinch of sea salt or a few drops of alcohol and then add 8-10 drops of purification oil*.  Allow the oil and salt/alcohol to combine and then fill with distilled water.  The salt/alcohol help disperse the oil in the water.  Spray on your skin when you go out to avoid bug bites.  If you are looking to add some moisture to your skin as well you can combine 8-10 drops purification with coconut oil and shea butter (⅛ c each).

In our quest to get rid of chemicals we try to use sunscreen that is effective while not being toxic to us.  One down side to natural sunscreen is it needs to be applied more often.  If you forget, and you are fair skinned like several in my family, you will pay the price with painful sunburns.  We have found some Young Living products that work amazingly to relieve the pain when that happens:

Sunburn Relief

Lavender essential oil neat (no carrier oil) applied directly on a sunburn can be very healing. If you have burned a large area like your back, this could take a lot of oil.  A great alternative that you can purchase is a cooling mist from Young Living called LavaDerm (product #3249) which combines lavender essential oil and aloe vera in a cooling spray.  We have used this already this summer and found it to be very soothing on a sunburn.

To purchase your own Young Living* essential oils click on this link.

*I am an Independent distributor with Young Living Essential Oils. While I do make a commission on products that are purchased using my number, I will only ever promote things my family uses and loves.

Homemade All-Natural Deodorant

homemade deodorant

I’ve become more and more crunchy over the years and I may have finally gone over the crunchy edge…I’ve started making my own deodorant. I know some of my non-crunchy friends just gasped and are vowing never to stand near me on a hot day again. But before you write me off as one of those hippies who doesn’t wear deodorant, let me give you the back story. 🙂

As I learn more about our bodies and the way they work, I learned that whatever we put onto our skin goes into our body. That means make-up, lotion, soaps, shampoos, sunscreen, and yes, deodorant. So while I have scrutinized the labels of the food I feed my family for some time now, I have only recently started to examine the labels of our body care products. We switched to shampoos and body soaps that are made from natural, organic ingredients and free of parabens and other harmful ingredients. We like this brand shampoo, conditioner, and body wash.

In December I decided to take the plunge to a “homemade” deodorant (not made by me, but from an Etsy shop). The deodorant was a little pricey, but I decided it was worth the money if it worked. I started the first day and within a couple hours I could smell that it was NOT working. I reapplied every few hours for the first few days waiting for it to “kick in.” After a few days of not lifting my arms to hug people (I apologize if I forgot and hugged you) I sent a message to the owner of the shop and discussed my smelly problem. I told her I smelled like lavender/vanilla BO. She assured me that it was a detox from my traditional deodorant and her product would kick in soon, but if not I should try a different scent. So I gave it a few more weeks and then decided I needed to try something different.

Instead of going out and buying a different brand or scent I decided to put to use the amazing essential oils that I already have and see if I could find a combination that worked for me. Now I can’t speak to the efficacy of other oils, but Young Living Essential Oils are the ones I use and love. I had on hand two blends called purification and joy.

Purification has a very clean smell and contains a blend of oils including rosemary and melaleuca (tea tree). Joy has more of a floral smell and contains a blend of citrus and floral oils such as lemon, jasmine, and rose.

So here’s the recipe I came up with:

  • 1 Tablespoon raw coconut oil
  • 4 drops purification oil*
  • 4 drops joy oil*

Mix these ingredients together in a small container with a lid. Apply a small amount to arm pits and enjoy a clean smell all day long.

I was really excited that this combination worked so well! I plan to work on a formula that will stay a bit more solid for those hot Texas days. I am thinking about incorporating baking soda (aluminum free of course), shea butter, and bee’s wax. I’ll keep you posted! Let me know if you try it and how it turns out!

*To purchase Young Living Essential oils click here and use my number #1405009 for the sponsor and enroller id. You can sign up as a wholesale member and purchase a starter kit. The premium kit includes both oils used in this recipe. This also allows you to purchase future oils at wholesale. You can also become a retail customer and simply order oils as needed at retail. pricing. Either way I will make a small commission.

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