Little Things That Bite

So my first blog post.  I thought it was going to be something profound about natural health and why I am passionate about it, but I've decided mid-way through August there are more pressing things to deal with.  Little things that bite*.

It's holiday season and my Facebook and Instagram is filled with pictures of sun kissed faces in faraway places.  However what we all know about holidays is they sometimes come with unwanted extras, like mosquitos and other such critters that enjoy a nibble on fresh foreign flesh!

So what to do?  If like me you don't want to be buying toxic chemically filled sprays and creams from the local supermarket or chemist but are hoping for a more natural way of dealing with the situation, then I have some ideas for you.   Firstly prevention is always the best option and traveling with some citronella oil is a great start as you can easily diffuse the oil using some hot water to disperse it into the air.  If you have an ensuite, run some hot water in the bath and fill a couple of glasses with hot water and add a few drops of citronella to them.  Leave the bathroom door open and strategically place the glasses by windows to deter any unwanted guests whilst you're out.

To protect your tender skin, lavender is a quick and simple option that you can use by adding it to a carrier oil or directly to any body lotion you might have.  Alternatively, Neal's Yard have a ready made remedy containing lavender, citronella, eucalyptus, pine, cypress, orange, thyme, marjoram, clove and bay essential oils - all the goodness you need to keep those pesky bugs away!. 

If, despite all your best efforts, you still get snacked on, then a drop of neat lavender directly on the bite will help. 

Happy Summer holidays!

*Reference: The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Valerie Ann Worwood