Andre and I, along with a couple of mates, went camping not so long ago to a little place called Tumut in New South Wales in Australia.
We only went for two nights, as it’s all that we had time for, but oh my word, did we have fun. We managed to secure the perfect spot along the river, where we could see the river from our open tents. The sound of the water coming off the Snowy Mountains gushing at about 15km per hour was the perfect sound to go to sleep at night and wake up to.
There’s something about being in nature that really lights me up. This is most certainly a practise that I want us to keep up through the year. Mind you, the winter-cold in a tent isn’t something that excites me, so we may just have to save it for the warmer months.
Never-the-less, whilst preparing for our little trip to the Great OutDoors, I was compelled to create and make-up all bug repellant ointments, cooling-sprays, flea sprays (for Marvin of course), and also sunburn sprays from the Essential Oil Collection that we have. It was an idea that originally came from Andre, as he had mentioned that he wants a fly-spray for when he is on the golf-course so that he isn’t distracted by those nasties landing on and around his face whilst trying to enjoy a relaxing game of golf each weekend.
I have posted the Bug Repellant Spray Recipe on my Oily Recipes Page, but also wanted to share with you some really interesting information and articles I found about the damaging effects of certain store bought repellants.
- Some Common Side Effects for store bought insect repellants include skin reactions, allergic reactions, and eye irritations. A 2009 study found that DEET (which is a chemical found in most insect repellants) can interfere with the activity of enzymes that are vital for the nervous system to function properly. doTERRA have published an article on their website about the Common “scents” defense, a term they have coined for Drawing upon Mother Nature’s blueprint to use Essential Oils to ‘Bug Off’ when needed.
- Many topical medicated creams for insect-bites, itching and irritations have side effects, causing redness, irritation and or swelling. An article published back in 2008 (yes, that’s how old and obvious this information is) talks about various instances where women have DIED because of their use of various ointments and lotions purchased over the counter. Here, Leslie Goldman investigates 14 ingredients commonly found in products you may be using right now — and she tells you how to stay safe. My advice after reading this is simple. Don’t use products with ingredients you don’t know how to pronounce. Stay within the realms of natural medicine, and pop food grade essential oils and other products on your skin to allow Mother Nature to take care of your woes.
- The natural oils in plants protect the plant from insects, shield the plant from a harsh environment and help them adapt to their surroundings. By USING essential, you are harnessing the protective and health-promoting powers of a plant. Essential oils are truly the most potent form of plant-based medicine. Their power to heal and cure disease, and in this case, to act as an insect repellant, is so effective that by using essential oils many people are able to avoid the need to use a plethora of drugs or have various types of surgeries.
With all that in mind which 8 oils did I take with me? and why?
Tea tree – What a potent powerhouse tea-tree (melaleuca) is. Tea tree soothes itchy insect bites, sores, and sunburns, acts as a powerful antiseptic and anti-microbial, and acts as an effective insect repellent. For scratches, bumps and cuts… bring out the tea-tree! You can also use tea-tree as a hand sanitiser either neat, or mixed with water in a spray bottle.
Lemon is best known for its ability to support the body’s natural detoxification and is widely used to stimulate lymph drainage, to rejuvenate energy, purify skin and also act as an insect repellant.
- Clove Oil is a powerhouse of an oil and has so many practical uses. Mixed with some LemonGrass Essential Oil, acts as a very effective insect repellant. We diluted this mixture with Fractionated coconut oil because Clove is quite a spicy oil and a neat application (the oil direct on the skin with no carrier oil) should be avoided.
- Lavender Oil is a great all-rounder with a wide range of applications so it’s the perfect addition to the travel kit. Lavender heals burns (including sunburn), wounds and skin irritations, including eczema and psoriasis.
Peppermint Essential Oil is so versatile that I don’t go anywhere without it!
Plus, it’s one of the most affordable oils and has a clean and refreshing smell that we all love! It acts as a Sunburn Relief – If you’ve been out in the sun a bit too long, 1 drop of Peppermint and 1 drop of Lavender combined with some Fractionated Coconut Oil can be rubbed on the area of concern to cool the skin and alleviate the burning. I use it a lot to Relieve Bloating, Indigestion Gas (whoops), or Nausea. Rubbing 1-2 drops on the area of concern, or if you’re comfortable, drop 1 drop of Peppermint directly on your tongue (only Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils please) and drink a glass of water. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY! To Freshen Your Breath. Because nobody likes morning breath! Place 1 drop of Peppermint on your tongue for super fresh breath!
- Frankincense – Because I don’t go anywhere without Frankie. I imagine that you know that Frankincense has been around for thousands of years, but did you know that it can be helpful for hundreds of different things?! Seriously, it is used for everything from immune support, inflammation, skin issues, supporting the thyroid, and so much more. Luckily I brought it with me because Andre’ started to feel a bit flu-y on the first night we were there, and although I didn’t have a roller bottle on me, I sprayed his feet with Frankincense and OnGuard.
- OnGuard Essential Oil Blend. Have you smelt the On Guard Essential oil or any of the On Guard range yet? If you haven’t, just get onto it. It is so warming, reminding me of Christmas. The beautiful aromas of orange, cloves and cinnamon mixed tighter just fills our house with joy. On Guard Protective Blend of wild orange, clove bud, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary CPTG essential oils. This powerful essential oil blend is combined with plant-based derivatives that provide a non-toxic and biodegradable way to clean and eliminate odours….perfect to expertly clean hard surfaces leaving behind a clean and invigorating scent.
LemonGrass Essential Oil is a very economical oil that is useful for aromatherapy, to help with various health issues, and can be used in your cooking. Also a great insect repellant!
I’m interested to know what you use and take with you when you go camping? Please comment below and share this post.