Tag Archives: Lemongrass essential oil

Shoo Bugs, Don’t Bother Me

13 Aug

A couple of years ago, my husband and I went camping with our daughter, her husband and our grandson. Prior to our trip, I did some research on natural, homemade insect repellents. I found that Lavender (my favorite) and Lemongrass essential oils were known to repel insects. This is due to their insecticidal (repels insects) and parasitical (destroys parasites like fleas and lice) properties. At that time I had never tried Lemongrass, so I went and bought some. I really liked how it smelled…like squeezed lemon rinds, only a lot stronger.

Lemongrass Soap

I decided that I would make some soap bars with the Lemongrass to take camping. It was really easy. You simply buy some melt and pour glycerin soap (a pound costs about $11.00), melt it in the microwave or double boiler, let it cool slightly, stir in coloring (if desired) and a few drops of essential oil, and then pour the mixture into molds. If you don’t have soap bar molds you can use cupcake pans lined with plastic wrap. Let them harden and you’ve got homemade soap that repels insects and smells good too!

I also made some Lemongrass scented candles but they melted…it was really hot when we went…best to stick to Citronella candles.

I made sure I took my Lavender and Rosemary Shampoo Spray and Leave In Conditioner…the conditioner contains vinegar, which bugs don’t like either.

Homemade Insect Repellent Sprays

I made a couple of insect repellent sprays for our skin and camping area.

CIDER VINEGAR and WATER

Bugs don’t like the smell of vinegar…I found out my son-in-law doesn’t either. We sprayed it around our tents, camping area, and ourselves.

LAVENDER,  LEMONGRASS and WATER

This is not only an insect repellent, it’s also an air freshener spray. I use it in my home mixed with Lavender, of course, to clean the air.  I also used it to help remove the musty smell from the foam in the camper cushions I recovered. For our camping trip we sprayed it inside our tents and on our skin when we didn’t want to smell like vinegar…the vinegar smell does go away after a while.

Lavender First Aid Ointment

Of course, I took my Lavender First Air Ointment just in case we got bit or stung, which my husband did, and it immediately stopped the itching. My son-in-law used it also on a cut he got setting up the tent.

Aside from my husband getting bit once…it’s because he’s so sweet, we didn’t experience any problems with annoying bugs.

Other Insect Repellent Oils

Here are the essential oils I found that are known to repel insects.

CEDARWOOD – lice, moths

CINNAMON – ants

CITRONELLA – mosquitoes

CLOVE – mosquitoes

EUCALYPTUS – mosquitoes

GERANIUM – flies, mosquitoes

LAVENDER – mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, fleas, flies. lice

LEMONGRASS – mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, fleas, flies, lice

PATCHOULI – gnats

PEPPERMINT – lice, spiders, ants…it’s also a good deterrent for rodents

ROSEMARY – fleas, ticks

TEA TREE – mosquitoes, lice, ants

I’m thinking for our next camping trip I’ll add peppermint oil to my Lavender and Lemongrass Spray to help keep ants and spiders away too.

If you’re planning any outside activities and don’t want to be bothered by these pesky bugs, try some of these natural repellents. Just remember to use them often as they don’t have the same staying power as the chemical repellents.

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My Rosemary Hair Conditioner and Muscle Rub

6 Jul

After four days of camping, swimming, walking and being in the hot sun, my hair was in need of a good moisturizing treatment and my achy legs needed a soothing massage.

Homemade Hair Conditioner

My Rosemary Hair Conditioner

This hair treatment makes my hair so soft and smooth that I can’t stop touching it.   It’s a welcomed change from the curly frizz I had to live with the last few days!   Rosemary essential oil is known to be beneficial to the health of your hair and its scent is uplifting and energetic.

Here’s what you’ll need: 

1 teaspoon Olive Oil

5 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil

Hand Towel

Small plastic trash bag 

  • Place Olive oil and Rosemary oil in a small bowl.
  • Wet your hair and apply the oil mixture onto your hair with your fingers.   Work the oils into your hair, especially the ends.
  • Wet the hand towel with hot water, wring out and wrap around your hair.
  • Place the small trash bag over the towel and secure
  • Leave on for 20 – 30 minutes
  • Remove the bag and towel and shampoo your hair thoroughly…you might have to wash it twice…leave out the conditioner, you won’t need it.

 

My Muscle Rub

Both my husband and I use this muscle rub all the time. My husband calls it “my miracle stuff”. He’s a paint contractor and does a lot of climbing up and down ladders, bending and reaching every day. He’s pretty tuckered and sore when he gets home. In addition, he had back surgery several years ago and is susceptible to backaches from time to time. 

With all the walking we did on our vacation, my legs were soooo stiff. I couldn’t wait to give them a good massage with my muscle rub. I keep one bottle of it upstairs in our bathroom closet and another one downstairs in a kitchen cabinet, so I can grab it whenever we need it.

Homemade muscle rub

Here’s what you’ll need: 

1 Tablespoon Olive oil

5 drops Wintergreen essential oil

2 drops Lemongrass essential oil

Amber glass bottle 

  • Pour the Olive oil into the glass bottle and add the essential oils. Cap and turn bottle several times to mix. 

TO USE:

Turn bottle a couple of times to mix. Open and apply several drops to the area and massage towards the heart. Wash hands thoroughly. Store in a cool, dark place. 

Note:   I use a 15ml (1 tablespoon) amber glass bottle with a dispensing orifice reducer (built-in dropper).   You can find amber bottles at a health food store or online.  There are also bottles that come with a squeeze dropper (pictured above) that you could use also. 

Benefits

Wintergreen essential oil contains 85% – 99% methyl salicylate which is the same component of aspirin for relieving pain. It is also known to have a cortisone-like affect that relieves pain quickly. Wintergreen and Lemongrass essential oils have analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and anti-rheumatic properties. Olive oil is useful for dehydrated, sore or inflamed skin. Aromatherapist have been using it for centuries to alleviate rheumatic pain. 

Emotionally, Wintergreen is calming and soothing which can be beneficial when coping with pain. 

We all get aches and pains from time to time…it’s apart of being alive. You can however, help your body recoup more quickly by using this natural muscle rub.  Try it, and like me, you’ll want to make several bottles around so it’s available when you need it.

Lavender First Aid Ointment

4 Jun

I just love Lavender essential oil! I enjoy the calming aroma and its ability to heal the skin is amazing.

It seems I am always burning myself either with my clothes iron when I’m sewing or from the oven when I’m baking.  The first thing I do is reach for my Lavender First Aid Ointment.  It helps relieve the pain and when applied several times a day, the burn scabs over and heals in a few days.  I keep a container in the kitchen cabinet and in my purse…I use it all the time. I also like to give it as a “homemade gift”.

Last year my husband and I went camping with our daughter, her husband, and our two grandchildren.  My daughter’s husband cut his finger and I had him put the ointment on it.  Then, my husband got a bug bite on his foot which started itching really bad.  I applied this ointment and within seconds he said the itching stopped.

Here are some FACT SHEETS I put together about Aromatherapy and four (4) of my favorite essential oils: Lavender, Tea Tree, Lemongrass and Rosemary.  They are very informative and explains why Lavender is considered a must have for everyone’s medicine cabinet!

LAVENDER FIRST AID OINTMENT

Makes 2 small containers

Here’s what you’ll need:

2 Tablespoons Olive oil (doesn’t go rancid and is wonderful for the skin)

1 Tablespoon beeswax (in the candle making section at Hobby Lobby for $14.99 for a block…check for their 40% off coupon and Joann’s has 4 oz. Pellets for $4.99 online)…the block will last you forever!

1 Vitamin E capsule

20 drops Lavender essential oil

5 drops Tea Tree essential oil

Small pan and measuring spoons

Small containers, washed in hot soapy water (you can get a 2 – pack of the blue containers (pictured) at Walmart for 97 cents) and the white ones online…I can’t remember where I got mine.

  1. If using beeswax in a block, shred or cut into small pieces, then measure it,
  2. Place Olive oil and beeswax into a double boiler (set the pan in another pan that’s filled with a few inches of water, pictured above).
  3. Heat the oil just until the wax melts. Remove from heat.
  4. Pierce and stir in the contents of 1 Vitamin E capsule.
  5. Allow the wax to cool a little and then stir in the Lavender and Tea Tree oils. If the wax starts to cloud up and harden, place the pan back into pan of hot water.
  6. Pour mixture into containers. Allow to cool completely before adding the lids.

Store container out of reach of children.

Note: Beeswax has a low melting point, so you may notice that the ointment softens after awhile. That’s OK, it will still work.

When I give this ointment as gifts I like to include a card letting the recipients know what it’s good for and what’s in it…if you’re interested in making and giving this ointment, here’s the cards I use.   Lavender First Aid INFO CARDS

I’ll be posting these essential oil recipes in future posts: Lavender Herbal Shampoo Spray, Lavender & Rosemary Leave-In Hair Conditioner and Lavender & Lemongrass Air and Bug Spray…so start reading up about these essential oils in my FACT SHEETS  above, so you’ll know why I use and LOVE them.

UPDATE:  I tested this ointment on a cut I got…the very day I was drafting this post.  You can read about it here:

Special Update…to My Lavender First Aid Ointment

 

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