After the heat, or for some of us, its still warm out there. Do you need help with summer insects and insect Bites, if they are a problem for you?  Here are some aromatherapy tips and possible solutions for you

Its that time of the year when all insects and bugs are aplenty and we are spending more time out of doors than we probably normally do, so are more at risk from insect bites.  

So, firstly some oils you can use to repel insects – citronella, tea treepeppermint, lemongrass, lavender , lemon scented tea tree, bog myrtle and thyme.  Of this list tea tree and lavender is a great treatment for bites too. If you don’t want to blend up your own oils, we have our own Midges & Mozzie Balm ready made that can do the trick.  You you can simply pop a jar into your rucksack, or have on the table when you have your BBQ to get the problem sorted.  The Balm comes in four different sizes. Midges and Mozzie Balm is great for treating insect bites too.

I have had customers embarking on a test of the balms this week (along with some other products such as garlic tablets and B vitamins) on their holidays. So I will let you know how they get on with everything.

But if you wish to blend your own mix – a suggested blend to repel insects such as midges, flies etc is citronella 8 drops, tea tree 5 drops,  lavender 6 drops and peppermint  3 drops, put in around 30ml of water in a spray bottle and shake each time before use (avoid eyes).  If it is a few weeks before you use again, make up a new batch.  This blend can be used in an oil burner in a room to help deter insects, such as in the kitchen or 2 to 3 drops on a tissue or cotton wool ball.  

Alternatively, if abroad and mosquitoes are the problem, I will always have the Midges and Mozzie Balm with me, but also I like to use the above blend with the addition of 4 drops of lemon scented tea tree or lemongrass.  I usually make up around 5-10ml of this blend – just simply multiply the blend equally to make a larger quantity. (1ml is approximately 20 drops)

Its easy to transport a 5 or 10ml bottle of the pure blend and a small jar or midges and Mozzie.  I take a 30ml spray bottle with me, and once abroad, I dispense around 20-25 drops into the bottle and fill with water – shake before each use (avoid eye) and refresh the blend every few days or when finished.

 I can’t go out in the evening abroad without the midges and mozzie balm applied or the above blend. It really helps me avoid unsightly and painful, itchy insect bites.    I do also take a vitamin B supplement regularly, which I believe, is also helpful for me.

If you have concerns on medications or medical conditions, always check with the GP or a qualified aromatherapist.  For any specific aromatherapy questions contact a fully qualified clinical aromatherapist.