In April, *Cate Alber from Pure on Main came to talk with the Women’s Social Business Group I am part of. She spoke about using aromatherapy for the spring and summer, some basics to help with allergies, weight loss, and insect repellent as well as other things.
Essential Oils, or EOs, are used in aromatherapy. Aromatherapy works with the body via multiple pathways: through inhalation and olfaction, and through application to the skin. When you inhale an essential oil, it quickly crosses into your bloodstream through your lungs. Many oils are also very effective at crossing the blood-brain barrier, and immediately act upon the emotional centers of your brain. Here are a few things I learned during the meeting that I wanted to share with you. In this post I will share some ideas for household use with you.
Want a natural bug spray for plants? Use 1 teaspoon Eucalyptus to 2 cups of water. Spray lightly on plants.
Bay leaves or Bay EO in your pantry will help deter weevils.
Cederwood helps keep away cockroaches.
Have a problem with silverfish? Use Rosemary sprigs or a few drops of Rosemary oil on a cotton ball and place around the area with the problem.
Add a few drops of Lavender to a cotton ball and use to deter moths.
Use Peppermint to keep mice away. A few drops on a cotton ball placed wherever they might be sneaking in is effective.
Use a Borax and sugar mixture, dissolved in water, to get rid of ants. Use 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 1/2 Tablespoons Borax and 1 1/2 cups warm water. Soak cotton balls in the mixture or saturate a paper towel and lay in the area the ants are. They will feast on it, and carry it back to their home. After a few days, your ant problem should disappear!
Want to protect your dogs from fleas? Try adding 5 drops total of Lavender, Eucalyptus and Citrus oils (like Orange, Lemon or Grapefruit, your choice). Apply to a cloth collar. This remedy is not to be used on other pets, just dogs.
To help deter ticks, use 30 drops each of Lavender, Lemongrass and Geranium oils to 2 cups water. Be sure to shake well before each use to disperse the oil. Spray directly onto your dogs coat. You can also use this one on yourself, just spray on your skin.
Lavender is good if you get stung or bit. Just apply a drop to the bite area. If you are using this on little kids, add a few drops of lavender to a teaspoon of aloe gel and apply that mixture to their bites.
Next post I will be sharing lots of other Lavender ideas for helping you with all sorts of things from headaches to sunburn.
*Cate Alber, Certified Aromatherapist, studied with Cheryl Hoard in St. Louis, MO, and the East West School of Herbal and Aromatic Studies. She has worked in and studied the field of natural health since 2008, and has been practicing Aromatherapy in Greenville since 2013. Find her at Pure on Main.