Insect Bite PreventionYou may have grown up with Citronella candles and coils, in which the key ingredient is a naturally occurring chemical found in many lemon scented oils. Oils traditionally known in Aromatherapy as insect repellents are:
- Lemon Eucalyptus
- Lemon Myrtle
- Lemon Scented Tea Tree
- In an essential oil diffuser.
- Directly onto surfaces such as door frames, window frames, inside drawers and cupboards. Caution: do not use undiluted essential oils on polished or varnished surfaces.
- In a lotion applied to your skin. Add 2 drops of your blend to a teaspoon of lotion Caution: do not use undiluted essential oils directly on your skin.
- In a spray and applied to surfaces or clothing. A spray can be made as follows: In a 100ml spray bottle, add 50 drops of your essential oil blend, fill with water. Shake and spray.
Insect Bite Tips for safe and effective Aromatherapy use
- Re-apply regularly, every hour or so, when outdoors.
- Apply to clothes and surrounding surfaces in preference to skin, especially for children. Essential oils, unlike vegetable oils do not leave clothes greasy or stained.
- Caution: Do not use on children under the age of 3 years.
Insect Bite TreatmentHave the following on hand for rapid treatment and relief of most stings and bites:
- Kunzea - A drop of Kunzea directly onto a tick may immobilise the tick for safe removal.
- A blend of 20 drops Lavender to 1 drop Peppermint in a base of 20ml Aloe Verajuice or gel. Remove the tick or any stingers etc., then use the blend (dab it on the insect bite) as often as needed to reduce itching and pain.