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Lavendar Today Keeps the Bugs Away

Apr 07, 2011 06:57PM

Keep away bugs? Yes bugs, even No-see-ums, typically are dissuaded by lavender, avoid rose geranium and are repelled by citronella and cedarwood. Use pure plant essential oils to protect yourself and create a space that is conducive to well being with little or no interference. There are a variety of ways to use pure essential oils such as in a mister, a body lotion, a diffuser, on a fan or screen. Some essential oils can be applied directly on to the body. Others may be spread into the atmosphere in a variety of ways.

The essential oils may be extended into a hydrosol or distilled water and misted directly on to the skin, the hair or into the air. Base oil, such as Jojoba, may be used as a carrier base along with specific essential oils for gentle and safe application directly to the body for camping uses and to allow the essential oils work from the inside out.

Not only are these precious botanicals effective for insect deterrents, they also serve holistic purposes. Lavender will repel most bugs. Yet if one invades your sacred space and bites you, a dab of lavender will also help heal the wound quickly and effectively.

The true essential oils yield a pleasant fragrance. Lavendula angustifolia releases molecules into the olfactory system that exude peace and calm to ease a tired mind and de-stress the nervous system. A true botanical essential oil is healthy to smell, repels bugs yet promotes good sensory perception much more than just a pleasant smell.

Instead of a bug spray that may cause a headache, lavender will ease the mind and be a pleasant experience. Essential oils, such as lavender, may aromatize a hotel room or campsite, be sprinkled on the sheets or sleeping bag and spritzed onto travel garments helping protect the user from bugs, unpleasant smells and germs.

Doreen imports, creates and private labels her own distinctive line of aromatherapy products, using only the finest organic or wildcrafted, steam distilled, undiluted, unfractionated essential and base oils. Workshops are held regularly and can be scheduled privately. Nature's Haven can be found at 602 Brevard Avenue in Cocoa Village. Call 321-632-1221, visit or email [email protected] for more information.

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