Monday, July 30, 2012

Healthy Mosquito Repellent - Great for Babies!

Mosquitos are everywhere.

Last year, I would spend half an hour killing them before bed, only to have them magically reappear as soon as I'd lay down. I was worried about our baby, because she was only six months at the time, and I didn't want to use harsh chemicals on her, but she (and we) were being eaten alive. So I used an essential oil.
It's called Terra Shield. It is an oil blend specifically for bugs and mosquitos. I put about fifty drops in a four ounce spray bottle with tap water, and spray it on all of us before we went to bed. I know it works, because every night I forgot, we woke up with bites, and the nights I remembered, we didn't. It was pretty convincing. Now, if you're going to use it for an evening outside, you need to keep it near you and re-apply every hour-ish. But even doing that, I didn't run out of my bottle all summer, even using it practically every day. I think that's pretty good if you ask me.

doTerra Essential Oil Terra Shield Mosquito Repellent
Non-toxic mosquito repellent

Again, this is another oil I sell. Only because I think it's awesome.

If you are local, you can buy the oil and bottle set for fifteen even. If you're not local, you have to pay shipping, or you can find your own bottle and just buy it from, but trust me, a nice spray bottle is worth it. I started out using one of those hairspray type bottles, and it's just too hard on your hands to do that much spraying, and gets annoying real fast.

Anyway, I really like it. Let me know what you do for mosquitos; I've heard that witch hazel is a good repellent, I've been thinking of adding some of that to the blend and using less water. Another friend takes a drop of peppermint internally. Haven't tried that yet, and it wouldn't work for a baby, but it's supposed to be great.
I'd love to hear what else works!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Lavender Essential Oil for Diaper Rash

One day, E got a diaper rash.

Shocking, I know, this has probably never happened to you.

Anyway, she got a diaper rash. In the past, we've put diaper rash cream on it, but I hate doing that because it's so thick it probably hurts going on. So last time, I used olive oil and Lavender essential oil instead. It worked great! I only put it on once, and within hours, it was better (sorry, no pictures this time). I just put a few drop of Lavender in my hand, added a dime-sized drop of oil, mixed with my finger, and rubbed it on her red little bottom.

doTerra Lavender Essential Oil
Awesome Stuff

Now, I do happen to sell Lavender essential oil, full disclosure, but the only reason i signed up was because I love to use them, and this way I get the wholesale prices. But you can order some from me here:

You can also order a travel "first aid kit" with lavender and seven other oils and a small olive oil as well for fifty dollars plus shipping, but email or comment for more info on that. (It comes in black if that's a concern for anyone)

doTerra Essential Oil Travel Kit
doTerra Lavender Essential Oil Travel Kit
I keep this on my keys and carry it with me everywhere!

A note on essential oils: Many people have brands that they believe are the very best, and everyone else's is crap. I am not one of those. I personally use three brands, all of which I think are great for different reasons, and each have oils that i love. They are also all in about the same price range. I would definitely beware of cheap oils or health food store brands, I haven't found one of those that are any good. If you would like more information on oils, or just more about my opinions, feel free to email or comment. This will not be my last post on oils.