Bugs, insects, anxiety, stress, and depression: what do they have in common?
Your outdoor dinner party and essential oils are what they have in common. First let me tell you about the dinner party. You are anxious and stressed because you are having a party, and you want every thing to be just right. You are depressed because you have this wonderful backyard, deck, or patio to entertain in, but the bugs and insects are a problem, and very annoying to deal with while trying to enjoy your friends. You have your deck all set up for a nice evening. Here you are having a lovely conversation when one by one everyone starts slapping themselves and looking around suspiciously. You feel bad and guilty that your guests have to endure this abuse as they frantically scratch at their insect bites. How can you relax knowing that these uninvited guests are swirling around in the darkness trying their best to find a way to get a piece of you? What do you do?
Here is what I have found to be the ultimate solution to the bug and insect problem, as well as, the anxiety and stress associated with everyday annoyances. Essential oils of lavender rose geranium, peppermint, lemongrass, and patchouli can be used for repelling those little aggravating insects and bugs. Lavender and lemongrass for the mosquitoes, fleas, and flies, rose geranium for the ticks, peppermint for the ants and flies, and patchouli for gnats and bites. The reason these oils are among my favorites is the fact that they also have properties useful in relieving stress, anxiety, and depression. The aroma and application of these oils will promote a sense of well being and comfort for
your invited guest by keeping the insects away at the same time!
The emotional and mood enhancing properties of these oils can be enjoyed safely. While the commercial sprays have harmful toxic ingredients you do not feel good about putting on your body. Lavender, rose geranium and patchouli are useful in combating anxiety, stress, depression, and moodiness. These oils promote feelings of comfort, calmness, and relaxation. Peppermint and lemongrass have more of a stimulating effect that is good for mental fatigue that can occur from a stressful week at work. These two aromas can help you feel refreshed, recharged, and generally uplifted.
The easiest way I know to use these oils is to mix them with distilled water in a spray bottle. The ratio is no more than 30 drops total of essential oil per 4 ounces of water in any combination that you find the most pleasing to your senses. Shake each time before you spray so that the oils and the water blend together, because they will separate between uses. I personally spray myself all over from head to toe and especially exposed areas like feet and arms. Please note: patchouli has a thicker consistency that may clog the sprayer if not thoroughly mixed so, only a couple of drops for this one. Patchouli and Lavender can also be applied without dilution (as long as you are not allergic) onto insect bites. They both have antibiotic, antiseptic, and anti-fungal properties and lavender is also antiviral. *If you or your guests are pregnant the essential oil of spearmint should be substituted for the peppermint.
Now you know how bugs, insects, anxiety, stress, and depression can be commonly linked together. Try mixing a blend of these oils with distilled water and keep a bottle handy for those outdoor activities. Mix one up for the car also; it will help keep the germs away while relieving stressful traveling.