By Hillary Arrieta,
LMT, MTI, and Certified Aromatherapist.
It's summer and I absolutely love walking and hiking in nature on warm, dry days. If it were up to me, I'd probably spend most of my time outdoors. However, mosquitoes are a problem everywhere you go. Sometimes these Texas summers require early morning or evening hikes, which can be an issue because those are the times of the day when they are the most active.
A few years back, I was at an outdoor meditation retreat where I forgot about these pesky and unrelenting creatures. I came away with welts that were so itchy and miserable that I decided to blend something that could take the sting out and give me some relief. This aromatherapy recipe worked like a charm! I make sure to always have some of it handy for the summertime.
For this recipe, you will need to gather essential oils of:
4 drops Spike Lavender (Lavandula latifolia)
4 drops Blue Tansy (Tanacetum annuum)
2 drops of Tulsi (holy basil) (Ocimum sanctum ct eugenol)
3 drops of Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)
(1) One ounce PET plastic flip top bottle.
One ounce of any of the following: Organic, unscented lotion, aloe vera juice (a nice and cooling option), or your choice of organic, cold pressed seed or vegetable oil. Fill the bottle almost to the top with your carrier product. Drop by drop, add your essential oils. Shake to mix and apply to the itchy bites as needed. Avoid the area if the skin is broken and/or bleeding. Pro tip: Add your blend to a glass roller bottle for on-the-go convenience. I find glass roller-ball bottles at Natural grocers for a very reasonable price.
If you don't have any of this stuff and aren't interested in blending oils at all, try an old folk remedy of using a banana peel! Just peel the banana and place the inside part of the peel on the bites. That should ease the itch.
If you tried this recipe, Leave your results in the comments section! I'd love to hear how it worked for you.
Hi! I’m Hillary Arrieta and I help people improve their lives by offering holistic solutions to ease stress, eliminate pain, and inspire self care practices. I own Gaia Bodywork in Richardson, TX. and specialize in unique and effective massage and meditation techniques such as ashiatsu Barefoot Bar Therapy and iRest® Yoga Nidra. Gaia Bodywork PLLC offers the Best Massage and ashiatsu in the Dallas area for pain and stress management.