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Homemade Bug Spray

Non-Toxic Homemade Bug Spray Recipe

Summertime is here and, unfortunately, it comes with the biting bugs.  If you live in our area of Florida, it’s not just mosquitoes you have to contend with but also the biting deer, horse and sand flies, no see ums, house flies and the list goes on.  Not only are these bites often painful and unbearably itchy, they also may carry nasty diseases and viruses that can be deadly.

Unfortunately, most insect repellents on the market are loaded with toxic chemicals, including DEET.  DEET is so poisonous that even the Environmental Protection Agency says you should wash it off your skin when you return indoors, avoid breathing it in and not spray it directly on your face.  But what if your summer outing lasted 8 hours?  By that time, you have absorbed much of it’s toxic effect.

When it comes to living a healthy and natural lifestyle, what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body. Your skin is the largest organ of your body and since it is porous, it absorbs whatever you put on it.   A study published in the American Journal of Public Health looked into the skin’s absorption rates of chemicals and found the skin absorbed an average of 64% of total contaminant dosage.

So what can you do to fend off these evil attackers that ruin all things related to outdoor fun?  Once again, Mother Nature has an answer for this dilemma!  There are several natural ingredients that repel these bugs and, when combined together, they should provide you and your family with adequate protection without the risk of the toxic effects of DEET. There should be care, however, when applying essential oils to the skin because, they too, can cause harm if not diluted properly.

As a general rule, essential oils should be diluted in a carrier oil like coconut oil or almond oil in a 3-5% solution. This equates to 3-5 drops of essential oils per teaspoon of carrier oil if you are applying to a child however, this should be diluted even more.  It is advised to consult with a medical professional before applying any essential oils to young children. If you’d rather not attempt the do it yourself approach, Badger also makes a great natural bug spray with essential oils.

Homemade Bug Spray Ingredients

  • 30 drops geranium essential oil
  • 30 drops citronella essential oil
  • 20 drops lemon eucalyptus essential oil
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 1 TBSP rubbing alcohol
  • ½ cup natural witch hazel
  • ½ cup water (or vinegar)
  • 1 tsp vegetable glycerin(optional)

Homemade Bug Spray Instructions

  • Pour essential oils into a glass spray bottle.Add the alcohol and shake well to combine.
  • If you wish to use witch hazel, add and shake to blend.
  • Add ½ tsp vegetable glycerin if using. This is not necessary but helps does help combine the ingredients.
  • Add water and shake again. Shake before each use as the oils and water will naturally separate some over time.

We hope this information is useful to you and you can enjoy your summer without the bites of these pests. Disclaimer (because we have to), this information is for educational purposes only and should not replace the advice of a healthcare professional.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Candida and Allergies Connection

Allergies are actually our body just trying to defend itself from perceived threats. Allergies are controllable when the irritating factors are removed and the agitated immune system is soothed. Our bodies cannot completely stop the histamine reactions for presumed threats, because these reactions result from the immune system doing its job, candida and allergies.

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Since most allergies are yeast related, following a Candida protocol can reduce immune stress and inflammation caused by the yeast in order to achieve greater immune strength.If you are suffering from allergies, complete the questionnaire below to determine if they are possibly candida related.

CANDIDA QUESTIONNAIRE

  • 4 Points          Have you taken repeated or prolonged courses of antibacterial drugs?
  • 3 Points         Have you had or do you have recurrent vaginitis, prostatitis, urinary tract infections, vaginal or anal itching?
  • 2 Points         Have you had or are you currently being treated for Candida; do you feel “sick all over”, yet the cause hasn’t been found?
  • 2 Points         Have you had or do you have cravings for sweets, desserts, sugar, beer, liquor, wine, rice or potatoes; mood swings, menstrual irregularities, sexual dysfunction or fatigue/lethargy?
  • 2 Points         Have you had or do you have post nasal drip, sinusitis, pressure behind your frontal sinuses, recurrent ear infections, occasional wheezing, frequent tearing or burning eyes; are you unusually sensitive to tobacco smoke, perfumes, colognes and other chemical odors?
  • 2 Points         Have you had or do you have poor or deteriorating memory, diminished ability to concentrate or sometimes feel “spaced out”?
  • 2 Points         Have you taken or are you taking prolonged courses of steroids or have you taken oral contraceptives for more than three years?
  • 1 Point           Have you had or do you have frequent heartburn or do some foods disagree with you or trigger your symptoms?
  • 1 Point           Have you had or do you have constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloating or excessive flatulence after meals?
  • 1 Point           Have you had or do you have skin irritations, occasional hives, psoriatic outbreaks, chronic rashes; does your skin itch, tingle or burn or is it unusually dry?
  • 1 Point           Have you had or do you have nail fungus, white spots on your tongue or blisters in your inner mouth or tongue; do your symptoms worsen on humid/damp days or in moldy places?
  • 1 Point           Have you developed new allergies of any type as an adult?
  • 1 Point           Have you had surgery?

If your score totaled 9 points or more, Candida Albicans is most probably contributing to your allergy and other health issues.

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Juicing for Allergies

Juicing for Allergies offers many life-enhancing health benefits including a more efficient way to absorb immune boosting nutrients naturally found in fruits and vegetables. Juicing is the fastest way to get these great nutrients into your bloodstream and give your body an alkaline boost.

Juicing for Allergies
Juicing is also a great way of relieving allergies.  Some of the most powerful vegetables that restore health and balance are: parsley, celery, cucumber, ginger root, and garlic. Combine these vegetables with alkalinizing fruits such as lemons, limes and apples and you will have a juice containing wonderful anti-inflammatory agents that can help relieve symptoms from seasonal allergies.Here are some great reasons as to why you should include these vegetables and fruits to your juicing regimen.

  1. Parsley helps to inhibit the body’s release of histamines reducing sinus swelling and congestion.
  2. Celery is a great source of calcium and magnesium; celery has a calming effect on the central nervous system. Celery’s strong water removing powers helps to eliminate excess fluids from the body.
  3. Cucumbers are 95% water which keeps the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins.
  4. Gingercontains compounds that are anti-microbial  which inhibits the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi. Ginger has also been shown to activate an important part of the immune system.
  5. Garlic is a natural antibiotic that wards off infections, viruses and even allergies. Juicing two raw cloves of this powerful antioxidant will fight off all types of allergies because it boosts your immune system and helps us to breathe better.
  6. Lemons and limes contain remarkable phytochemicals that are high in vitamin C and anti-oxidant properties. They are potent detoxifiers with an antibiotic effect that is protective against bacteria.
  7. Apples assist in cleansing out the system and acts as an anti-septic, diuretic and detoxifier.

When juicing, a good rule of thumb is to keep your ratio, three vegetables to one fruit.  That being said, feel free to add a little extra of whatever fruit or vegetable you prefer in order to make it pleasing to your taste buds.

When taken regularly during allergy season, these freshly juiced fruits and vegetables are the quickest way to reduce inflammation while hydrating your body and drenching your cells in life giving nutrients.

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Get the Lead Out

Some of you may be old enough to remember the phrase “get the lead out”.    This came about due to the lead based paints used on all of the U.S. Naval ships through World War II.  All paints were lead based back in those days.  Unfortunately, lead has the undesirable property of being able to penetrate human skin, thus causing lead poisoning.

Get the Lead Out

By the end of World War II, the U.S. Navy had a “boatload” (pun intended) of sailors with lead poisoning.   EDTA (ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid) was known to bind lead and help remove lead from intoxicated victims.

Faced with the dilemma of lead intoxicated sailors the U.S. Navy began treatment with intravenous EDTA.  Fortunately, the sailors responded favorably.  Since this was a new therapy at the time and there were many unknowns, the EDTA treated sailors were medically followed.  Much to the surprise of the medical doctors, those sailors had a lower incidence of cardiovascular disease as compared to others who had not received EDTA chelation therapy.  Also, they did not develop the complications of lead poisoning!

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