July- 2013 'Are you bugged by bugs? by Sabina DeVita Ed.D. Go Green with Nature's Pure, Organic Essential Oils for annoying insects.
Essential oils have many therapeutic properties and are well known for their ability to keep a person sting-free. An article in the April 29th, 2005 Duluth (MN) News Tribune, reported how the CDC gave its approval to the plant-based oil of lemon eucalyptus as a mosquito repellant. The article stated that this has been used throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and Latin America since the 1980's!!
Essential oils are the active ingredient in many brand-name products. As author Valerie Worwood points out, "When you use the real thing (the natural product unhampered by chemical solvents and the like) you have tremendous flexibility in their use. The same little bottle can give protection in a room, on the balcony, in a car, on the body, and even on our clothes...plus the essential oils can help you to deal with encountered trouble." And essential oils are helpful to the environment- they increase atmospheric oxygen at the same time. "Go Green by Going 'Scents-able' this summer!"
Remember? Not all essential oils are created equal. Purity and quality is absolutely critical in order to obtain maximum results and remain toxic-free. Please use the World's Best in therapeutic, grade A, all organic essential oils that you can eat - that is Young Living the "World Leader in Essential Oils".
Essential Oils to Use
As a general rule, use Lemongrass or Citronella to keep insects at bay by airborne methods, paper strips at the windows, on light bulbs, etc.
Use Lavender oil to deter insects from landing on your skin. Lavender and Peppermint reduce insect-bite-induced itching and infection.
A home diffuser will be a major help in keeping your home, cottage or hotel room safe and insect free. Carry these oils with you at all times during the summer months especially while traveling or even for your jogging or walks outdoors.
To create an Insect Deterrent Formula, combine: . 4 drops Thyme · 8 drops Lemongrass · 4 drops Lavender · 4 drops Peppermint Dab neat on neck and legs or add to spray bottle and spray. Ankles are a prime target for mosquitoes. Cover the ankles with cotton socks and add a drop of Lavender or Purification to the tops of the socks. Put drops of essential oils on bottom of pant legs.
Other Mosquito Recipes
Combine Lemon, Peppermint, Eucalyptus and Lemongrass
Single oils: Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Lavender, Cedarwood, Idaho Tansy, Rosemary, or Patchouli. Use the new Ecuadorian oil - Palo Santo
Oil Blends: Lemongrass with Citronella, Idaho Tansy with floral water, Purification, Thieves or Melrose. If bitten, disinfect the area by combining: ·10 drops Lavender ·20 drops Thyme ·10 drops Eucalyptus
Add 8 drops of above oils in a bowl of water for washing. You can also add 5 drops Oregano oil. Take Oregano oil, Longevity blend or Exodus caps internally (only if it is Young Living GRAS approved essential oils). Apply oils of Lavender or Purification over the bite.
Now- you can enjoy your summer- Bug Free! Find more recipes in Dr. Sabina DeVita's latest book in: "Vibrational Cleaning"!
September 2013 Tip
BackTo School Challenges: Handling Children's Head Lice - the Green Way
by Sabina M. DeVita Ed.D.
What is head lice?
Head lice are tiny parasites that live in your hair and feed on blood from your scalp. A single one is called a louse. When lice bite into the scalp to get blood it can cause itching. Lice lay eggs called nits in the hair. It is very hard to get rid of nits and head lice. Head lice mainly affect children, and they spread quickly and easily from child to child. Head lice are especially likely to spread if people share brushes and combs.
Head lice can live up to 30 days on a human. Their eggs can live for more than 2 weeks. Head lice spread easily, particularly among school children.
Head lice are more common in close, overcrowded living conditions.
You can get head lice if you:
Come in close contact with a person who has lice
Touch the clothing or bedding of someone who has lice
Share hats, towels, brushes, or combs of someone who has had lic
Medical Treatments- Definitely to Avoid:
Most head lice products are based on substances that fight insects (insecticides or pesticides). The pesticides that are most commonly used against head lice in Germany, applied in the form of lotions or sprays, are allethrin, permethrin and pyrethrum. In other countries, a substance called malathion is used too. However, these products are not always fully effective and have adverse effects.
Some head lice products contain a pesticide called lindane, but there are concerns about the safety of this substance.
US authorities suspect a link between lindane and central nervous system damage and cancer. Its use in medication has been banned in the European Union since 2008. It is also probably not as effective as permethrin.
Both can cause serious other side effects: seizures, behavioral changes, attention deficit disorder, neuro-muscular complaints, chronic skin eruptions, cancer and even death!
How to handle head lice easily and safely?
Essential oils have long been known to aid and deter as well as rid head lice for thousands of years! They work! Thanks to the wonders of Aromatherapy!
MIx the following to 1/2 cup olive oil. Rub into scalp and leave overnight! 20 drops Rosemary, 10 drops Geranium, 20 drops Lavender 10 drops Eucalyptus, 30 drops Melaleuca Alternifolia
Shampoo with Young Living lavender shampoo and add 5-10 drops of Lavender to a capful of shampoo - you'll be amazed with the results.
My sister-in law would rub a few drops of Melaleuca and Lavender oil into her children's hair as a prevention to head lice. It worked! It was and is highly effective and easy to do for both prevention and removal!