There’s nothing worse than watching the sun go down on a lovely day and then being attacked by mosquitos. In the Northeast, we live for summer. And spending as much time out in nature is probably what the founding fathers referred to as the “pursuit of happiness.”
The pesticides industry claims that DEET is relatively harmless, however it’s been shown to be extremely powerful and toxic. The nervous system is particularly at risk and DEET has been known to cause seizures as well as other health related concerns. Children are particularly susceptible.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to choose between toxic commercial bug sprays and the diseases carried by mosquitos.
Essential oils may be the answer to this dilemma. They’re safe, natural and effective. They’re also economical. A bottle of essential oil will last much longer than a bottle of bug spray and most oils have multiple uses.
Quality is important to me. I don’t want to replace one chemical with another, so we use TerraShield by doTERRA. It’s a perfect blend of mosquito repellent. It has 15 different oils including lemon, eucalyptus, citronella and lemon grass. And every oil that doTERRA sells goes through extensive third party testing for purity. They are the only company with the designation Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils.
The best way to apply is to add 15-30 drops of TerraShield to four ounces of water and 4 ounces of either witch hazel or alcohol (unflavored vodka works best). Put in a spray bottle and apply liberally. Glass or metal bottles seem to work best because citrus oils can be corrosive to plastic. Having said that, I’ve used plastic in a pinch.
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It’s that time of year again. Dare I say it? Winter is coming! And with it, the dreaded cold and flu season. Isn’t it crazy that something as annoying as a cold or the flu gets its own season? Being bedridden with either is not something I want to contemplate. So at this time of year, I run through my list of tried and true natural options for prevention.
But before I get to that, I wanted to mention my thoughts as a holistic practitioner on the flu shot. There are lots of studies available that will tell you the strains contained in the current year’s flu shot are from previous years’ viruses. What that means is it’s probably ineffectual against fighting off what’s coming this year. The flu virus mutates rather quickly so it’s hard for manufacturers to keep abreast of it.
The good news is, Mother Nature has us covered. Here are some simple tips and home remedies that will keep you healthy and get you back on track.
- One of the easiest ways to stay healthy is to wash your hands. I read somewhere that our hands touch our face over 100 times a day. So you can see how easily germs are transferred. When washing your hands, due your due diligence. Use lots of hot soapy water and be sure to wash long enough to wash away the germs. How long? Try washing to the tune of happy birthday.
- Get eight or more hours of sleep each night. Seems simple, but has amazing benefits. Our bodies heal while we sleep, so getting enough rest is key to keeping illness at bay.
- Try a homeopathic approach. The remedy Arsenicum Album taken once a month will ward off colds and flu. It can be taken in either dry dose (3 dry dissolved under the tongue) or in water (dissolve in water and take 1 teaspoon) once a month from October through April. Oscillococcinum is another staple we keep in our house. It relieves flu symptoms and shortens the duration of the illness.
- Take a daily dose of Vitamin C throughout the season. Five hundred milligrams a day if you’re feeling healthy or increase to 1000 milligrams if you start to feel a cold coming on.
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