January 14, 2016

Camping with Essential Oils

Essential oils. People are starting to discover how amazing these oils are. They can heal, treat, calm and clean pretty much anything. And though there are still dangers to using some of them and they should always be used diluted prior to use, essential oils provide us with a chemical-free way of living.

So why not take essential oils camping? My first experiment with essential oils started in 2014. I was trying to create a non-toxic mosquito repellent. I did a little research and found that lemongrass, lavender, and germanium were good oils to start with. Using coconut oil as a carrier, I made some pretty decent mosquito repellent that actually worked most of the time.

My next experiment came in spring of 2015. We have a major tick problem in certain portions of Michigan and I wanted something that wasn’t toxic that could help repel these nasty little creatures. Especially from my dogs, finding that the vet prescription medication doesn’t actually repel them but rather kills them when they bite. I again tried lavender, germanium and lemongrass. I was quite pleased with the results of the germanium which actually seemed to make quite a difference. Only one of my dogs ended up with a tick on him and he was the one who decided to run through the weeds instead of the trail the whole weekend. We saw 8 ticks total, with only two on us and one on the dog so I would call that a success.

Along with lemongrass, germanium and lavender, what should we have? I did a lot of research and was looking for oils that had multiple uses for first aid. This is what I came up with.

  • Tea Tree
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Fighting Five (Four Thieves)
  • Chamomile
  • Helichrysum

Most of these oils can be used to disinfect to wounds, help with reducing inflammation, help sooth skin burns and aberrations, and for bite/itch relief . Rosemary is especially important to me because it is the only oil so far that I’ve found to help my migraines. It’s no fun getting a migraine while your camping or hiking.

In the end you’re going to want to pick the oils that work best for you. But please, and I can’t stress this enough, please research the oils (and brands of oils)¬†thoroughly and make sure you understand how they work, how they should be used and what side-effects that might have.

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