Ticks, they ruin the summer day very easily! How to get rid of ticks, before you need to be pulling them out and worrying about lyme disease? My inspiration for this post came from my own midsummer festivities. We were in a beautiful place, that had high grass and low trees with leafs. Luckily nobody got a tick from our group, except our friends’ dog! Our neighbor’s little boy, who is the same age as my son, got a tick from his trip! There are a lot of ticks on the coast.
How do you repel the ticks with as little toxins as possible? I get chills of the idea of showering all those chemicals on to my little boy. And I don’t want those either. You will get a good tick repellent (works also well to other bugs) by mixing some carrier oil (for example olive, coconut and jojoba oil) to lemon, eucalyptus or peppermint oil. Just mix two drops to the carrier oil and rub it into your skin. If you want to make a mixture add 20 drops to a small bottle of oil. Remember to apply it to your skin often enough! I know people who take a little bit of essential oil to their hands and quickly wipe their legs and arms. For kids, seniors and people with sensitive skin, it is recommended to dilute the essential oils. Remember to cover your skin with clothing, especially when working in the bushes or kids playing there.
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When you have been testing out your essential oils, you might stop and wonder what would be the best carrier oil? People use different vegetable and nut oils as carrier oils that dilute the essential oils that are full of power. You should always dilute your essential oils to avoid skin irritation. Especially with kids, seniors and people with sensitive skin diluting is always recommended. I always dilute my essential oils on my skin, except maybe with mosquito bites (I’ll put a drop of tea tree oil on the bite). Skin absorbs the essential oils very effectively, so you don’t have to worry about diluting. You will get the benefit from your essential oils! Using carrier oils also gives you also an opportunity to get great benefits from the carrier oils.
Wheat germ oil
There is a lot of vitamins B and E in a wheat germ oil. Vitamin E prevent skin cells from aging, so it goes together beautifully with frankincense oil that does wonders to the cells. In a massage you mix wheat germ oil 10% of your other carrier oil and add two drops of essential oils. Calming lavender is always great in skin care.
Avocado has a lot of vitamins A, B and D in it that are all beneficial to the skin. Avocado oil has a strong sent, so you should mix it 5-10% of your other carrier oil. Just add two drops of your essential oils and your self-made avocado oil mixture is ready to work for you! Avocado oil is great for people who are allergic to wheat so they can’t use wheat germ oil.
My own favourite for the face! Jojoba oil is not really an oil, but a liquid wax, that is gained from Simmondsia Schinensis seeds. Jojoba is amazing for the dry and atopic skin. It works so effectively! You should mix jojoba oil at the most 10% of your other carrier oil. Jojoba oil is great for long and dry hair. You can get a great oil treatment for your hair with just mixing jojoba oil to some other carrier oil and adding two drops of your favourite essential oils.
Grape seed oil
Grape seed oil absorbs very well to your skin. It is very clean and light. Grape sead oil is great for young and acne skin. Tea tree, lavender (calming) and lemon oils (if you want to cleanse) go together well with grape sead oil if you have the skin with impurities.
Almond oil is great for people with sensitive skin. People with sensitive skin can tolerate almond oil usually well. Almond oil is also great for aging and wrinkly skin. Sweet almond oil has vitamins A, B and little bit E. Almond oil also had fat acids in it.
You can use the same mixing ratio in bath oil as in massage oil. Three essential oils are recommended at the most in a bath at the same time to maximise the aromatic impact. If you would like to influence your mood, you can select essential oils based on that or thinking of your skin care for instance.
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Essential oils can improve the condition of your skin and help you in your skin problems. Skin is the largest organ in human body and absorbs essential oils very effectively. If your body doesn’t agree with a particular essential oil, you can probably see it first from your skin. In this case you should choose a different oil from another plant.
Oily skin and acne
When your sebaceous glands are over activated, your skin gets oily. When you add unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, hormonal problems and stress, your skin can get even worse. Skin problems can also be caused by puberty, pregnancy, menopause and menstruation. You can put a drop of T-tree, camomile or lavender oil straight on your pimples. You can also mix two drops of essential oils on your bath water or put two drops of lavender to your steamer to release stress. Roman camomile helps also to the inflammation of acne. Lemon is antiseptic. Basil, grapefruit and lemon grass help to clear the skin. You can dilute two drops of them and use regularly on your face or back.
Dry and mixed skin
The dryness of your skin maybe caused by your sebaceous glands not being active enough, but also outer factors like: coldness, wind and sun. Dry skin gets flaky easily and also ages quicker than oily skin. Mixed skin is very common and the most common skin type among Finns. Having mixed skin means that the skin on your nose, jaw and fore head gets oily, but cheeks maybe still be dry. Dry skin absorbs oils very quickly. It’s good idea to add two drops of essential oils to your face cream or carrier oil like coconut oil or jojoba oil. It helps also to put two drops to your bath water. Good essential oils to dry skin are: Rose, sandal wood (moisturising), lavender, jasmine and camomile. T-tree oil is good for flaky skin. Good essential oils for balancing mixed skin are: Geranium and ylang-ylang.
My story started with essential oils after years of back pain. After years they told me that there is nothing wrong with my back, it’s my hips. I guess it doesn’t matter, I got very familiar with the over the counter medicine as well with the relaxants. Because I also have celiac disease, my stomach couldn’t handle them at all, let alone two weeks at a time as they suggest. So there I was popping pills and eating lactic acid bacteria.
When you go to aroma therapy, they often give you a massage. That does wonders for anybody, but who can afford it or has the money to go there all the time? I needed relief from pain almost every day, especially with a small boy and the job where I was standing the whole day. Peppermint oil works with a lot of people and that also worked with me very quickly. After few moments on the skin, I felt warming sensation. I was very surprised how effective it was! You should almost always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil. I always have coconut oil at home, so I usually use that. Other carrier oils work well too, especially when you are just staring out. After some time you can start trying other oils and see, which is the best for your skin type. Very good ones are jojoba oil (especially on your face) and olive oil.
Other good oils for your back pain and other muscle pain are: Basil, Roman camomile, juniper, eucalyptus, pine and marjoram. I haven’t tried those yet, but people really recommend basil. Lavender and sage reduce inflammation. You can put two drops on your bath water and two drops to your steamer to help you sleep at night. For kids under one years old, it’s not recommended to use essential oils for their skin or heavily use a steamer. With kids it’s recommended to use lot of carrier oil and maybe a drop of the essential oil. You should also be careful steaming eucalyptus with small kids. A lot of people are afraid of diluting the essential oil, because of it not working properly after that. Skin however absorbs the essential oil well, even if you use a lot of carrier oil.
When I first started, I was very price conscious and bought cheaper brands. When I got more into it and read more I found Do Terra products. I use everyday their Deep Blue oil blend. It has peppermint, Ylang Ylang, camomile and other oils in it. I just put two drops on my coconut oil in my hand and I’m ready to apply it. Do Terra also has Deep Blue cream, but I haven’t tried it yet. I was thinking about testing it on some trip of mine. Do Terra’s products have been worth the extra money. They slowly extract the oils from the plants and they don’t add anything artificial in them (which immediately lowers the price of the product). I could smell the difference right away! You can read more about Do Terra’s steaming process in here: https://doterra.com/US/en/why-doterra