Combat Seasonal Threats with Essential Oils

I get absolutely giddy over springtime! The snow has melted, temperatures are finally warming, tulips are blooming, and beautiful flowers cover the trees. The sight is absolutely breath taking. As beautiful as this time of year can be, not everyone can fully enjoy the outdoors with high pollen counts and those little bugs that like to sting. I want to share with you some natural and safe alternatives to combat seasonal threats so you can get outdoors and soak up the beauty this planet has to offer!

My favorite essential oil combination for combating seasonal threats is lavender, lemon and peppermint. Lavender acts as a natural antihistamine with calming properties. Lemon has cleansing properties and is commonly used for respiratory support. Peppermint helps to promote clear breathing and proper respiratory function. This trio can be used on a daily basis when seasonal threats are high. They are a safe and effective alternative to promote a healthy respiratory system when needed most.

Here are some tips when using this combination for seasonal threats:

*When implementing these tips, it is crucial to only use pure, therapeutic grade essential oils to ensure safety and effectiveness.

  • Take a couple drops each of lavender, lemon, and peppermint in a shot glass filled with water or in an empty veggie capsule. (Essential oils are not recommended internally for children under 6 years of age.)
  • Dilute with a carrier oil and apply topically to bottoms of feet
  • Diffuse aromatically

Now for those bugs that like to sting! Use an all-natural bug repellant from a combination of essential oils. Not only do essential oils protect plants form predators but they can ward off the unfriendly critters for us too! The chemicals in the common (synthetic) store bought brands can be dangerous for your skin, your respiratory system, as well as for the environment. Try one of these natural options instead. (Perform a skin test on a small section of skin on your upper, inner forearm. Simply apply a small amount of the oil and observe for redness or other signs of irritation. If no irritation develops then apply liberally.)

  • In a glass or chemical grade plastic spray bottle add: Eucalyptus/Lemon (5-10 drops of each), Citronella (5-10 drop), and top off with fractionated coconut oil. Mix well and apply liberally.
  • In a glass or chemical grade plastic spray bottle add: Geranium/Lavender/Lemongrass (5-10 drops of each), Citronella (5-10 drop), and top off with fractionated coconut oil. Mix well and apply liberally.
  • If you are not interested in making your own blend, I have one available for purchase. It contains Ylang Ylang Flower, Nootka Wood, Cedarwood Wood, Catnip, Lemon Eucalyptus, Litsea Fruit, Arborvitae Wood essential oils and Vanilla Bean Absolute in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil and Tamanu Seed Oil. This combination smells amazing and works! Contact me if you’re interested in having your own bottle.

*If the bugs do happen to find you, apply lavender (frankincense or melaleuca) directly to the affected area as soon as possible…the sooner the better! I like to have these three oils with me at all times!

Implementing essential oils into my home has been the greatest blessing. It helps us to think about the best options for our family and for our environment. If you have not taken the leap, I encourage you to set some goals this month that are new, exciting, and GREEN! Your body and our Earth will thank you.

Katie McGiven

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