Here in the South, we have experienced a mild winter with lots of rain. The temperatures are rising now into the 60’s degree Fahrenheit range, and there have been some mentioning of 70 degree Fahrenheit weather coming soon. That means it is time to start thinking about pesky mosquitoes.
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We live on a lake, which gives us a first strike. There is water standing in a good portion of our backyard, which gives us a second strike. We have stagnated water standing in various buckets, flower pots, and other items left laying in our yard for the winter; that gives us a third strike. I’m thinking the sooner I start preparing, the better.
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I make a mosquito spray repellant and a lotion that works well. Of course, Citronella Essential Oil is the main ingredient. I will post recipes for these at the bottom of the post.
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Citronella Essential Oil (Cymbopogon nardus) comes from the Graminae family. It is grown mainly in India. Citronella Essential Oil is a pale yellow color. The essential oil is steam distilled from the dried leaves of the grass. Essential Oil of Citronella has a fresh, lemony aroma.
In addition to being a good mosquito repellant, Citronella Essential Oil is good for hay fever, makes a good deodorant, and eases depression.
Respiratory Blend for Hay Fever: Blend 5 drops Citronella Essential Oil, 3 drops Pine Essential Oil, and 2 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil to 1 ounce of your favorite carrier oil, (I prefer Jojoba Oil).
This mixture can be used in your bath. Simply place 10 – 15 drops of your blend into the bath water. Relax and breathe deeply.
Use this mixture to make a hot compress for your chest. Add 5 drops of your blend for a small compress or 8 drops for a large compress.
Place 3 – 5 drops of your blend into the water of an Oil Burner and use throughout the day.
For severe hay fever and/or chest congestion, try a steam inhalation. Add 5 drops of your blend into a near-boiling pot or bowl of water. Cover your head with a towel, keep your eyes closed, and inhale the steam slowly for 2 to 5 minutes. Steam Inhalation should be performed 3 times a day.
Skin Blend for Deodorant: Blend 5 drops Citronella Essential Oil, 4 drops Cypress Essential Oil, and 3 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil to 1 ounce of your preferred carrier oil.
This mixture can be added to your bath water: 10 – 15 drops. A foot bath for stinky feet: Add 5 drops of your blend to a foot bath and soak feet for 10 minutes.
Emotional Blend to ease depression: Blend 5 drops Citronella Essential Oil, 4 drops Bergamot Essential Oil, and 2 drops Palmarosa Essential Oil to 1 ounce of your favorite carrier oil.
Add 3 -5 drops of your blend into the water of an Oil Burner and use throughout the day. This blend can be worn as a body perfume; 1 drop behind each ear, and a dab on each wrist.
You will experience a clearing, uplifting effect on your feeling of depression.
Now back to the Mosquito Repellant.
Mosquito Repellant Spray: Blend 20 drops Citronella Essential Oil, 15 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil, and 15 drops of Cypress Essential Oil to 4 ounces of distilled water. To make an 8 ounce size spray bottle of mosquito repellant, simply double the recipe.
You can use 6 – 8 drops added to the water of an oil burner. These can be used outdoors, as well.
Shake well and spray on any exposed body parts, your clothing, screen doors, and/or anyplace you see mosquitoes hanging around.
*NOTE: To apply to face, spray on your hands then rub onto facial areas and ears. NEVER spray directly into the face even with eyes closed.
Mosquito Repellant Lotion: Blend 20 drops Citronella Essential Oil, 15 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil, and 15 drops of Cypress Essential Oil to 4 ounces unscented lotion. Blend well and apply to all exposed body parts.
*NOTE: Do not apply close to eyes.
Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.
Debra Mauldin (Certified Aromatherapist)
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Make your own Citronella Candles: http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/wax/wax.php
Unscented Lotion: http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/bathbody/body.php#bod_a_uml
Carrier Lotions: http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/bulkoil/bulkoil.html
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Perfumes, Splashes, & Colognes by Nancy M. Booth
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