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Alex Versus Tick October 15, 2016

Filed under: Family,Natural Products — Meghan Hamilton @ 2:10 am
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My dear son loves to roll around on the ground. I let him because kids need the sensory input. And, let’s face it, I don’t have the energy to fight with him about it. Today we met up with some other local homeschoolers at a playground. Predictably, he rolled around on the ground and ran through an adjacent wooded area.

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I can’t imagine how he got a bug bite…

This evening he came over to me to ask if there was a red spot just below his right armpit because it was itchy. No, it wasn’t a red spot. It was a deer tick enjoying a meal. When I said it was a tick, he panicked.

I’ve never seen him this panicked in his short life. He tried to claw at the tick. I held his hand to stop him because I needed enough of the bug intact to get a good hold to remove it. It took several tries because of the stretchiness of his skin in that area. I felt really bad. It must have hurt. He cried in pain and anxiety.

He begged for some nonexistent potion to put on it to stop a potential Lyme infection. I swabbed the bite with witch hazel to try and soothe him. It helped. Then I got online to see if the essential oil enthusiasts have made any claims about Lyme disease.

I found this article. I knew I had many of the oils recommended. I’d already suspected that oregano oil would be on the top of the list. So I quickly made the following concoction that we rubbed liberally on the soles of his feet and covered with socks.

  • 1 ounce olive oil
  • 1 ounce coconut oil (melted)
  • 10 drops tea tree oil
  • 20 drops oregano oil
  • 20 drops lemongrass oil
  • 20 drops clove oil

I don’t know if it will have any effect as I don’t know if the tick was actually carrying any diseases. I didn’t bother saving it as just yesterday a friend told me she checked into having one tested and the cost was about $300.00. It did have the effect of calming his nerves. And the extra YouTube videos I let him watch seemed to distract him from his terror.

I’m sure he’ll be fine. If he needs stronger medicine we’ll take him to a doctor. In the mean time, I’m glad he calmed down and fell asleep after a very busy day.

 

Soothing Skin Cream Recipe November 11, 2014

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Lavender Makes Everything Better

I started using natural products and making my own after realizing that what’s readily available in my local stores tends to either irritate my skin, have ingredients that are suspect, or be out of my price range.  This is the cream I use on my skin daily with excellent results.  I have been known to skip the shea butter and use just coconut and olive oil. So if you don’t have access to it, don’t worry, just use 3 oz each of olive oil and coconut oil.  The essential oils, as well as the coconut oil, in this recipe are my “go to” oils and are considered “cure-alls” when it comes to skin problems.

  • 2 oz Olive Oil (extra virgin if available)
  • 2 oz Coconut Oil (organic and virgin if available)
  • 2 oz Shea Butter
  • 10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil (I suggest Lavendula angustifolia*)
  • 10 drops Rose Geranium Essential Oil

Melt all of the ingredients in a double boiler and mix thoroughly.  Store in a container with a secure lid.  In warmer temperatures this can be runny or even a liquid as olive oil and coconut oil have low melting points.

*Not all varieties of lavender are equally good at healing.  Lavendula angustifolia is excellent for healing skin problems and is worth the extra money if that is your aim here.  In small bottles, it can be quite reasonable.  If you’re simply after the scent, Lavendula stoechas is generally less expensive and more fragrant.

Another combination of essential oils to aid arthritis pain would be: Bay Leaf, Lemon, and Tea Tree.  Again, go with 10 drops of each.

Essential oils are generally much lighter in smell than perfume oils.  So if you are concerned about the odor, it tends to fade fairly quickly once absorbed into your skin.

If you aren’t like me (prone to weighing ingredients for these things), 2 oz is approximately 2 Tbsp.  For this recipe, that should be accurate enough.  You definitely don’t want to put most essential oils on your skin without diluting them.  Many are so concentrated that you can cause yourself some problems.  Additionally, not all sellers have the same quality.  I typically buy mine here.  They aren’t FDA regulated, so if you plan on ingesting these for other purposes, find another supplier that is.  For small recipes like this, 1/2 oz bottles of essential oils will last quite some time and be affordable. You can find shea butter here. 1/2 pound should suffice for several batches as that is 8 oz.

If you love the idea of this, but would rather just buy it, send me a message through Etsy or Facebook and I’ll custom blend a cream for you.

I’m not making any money by linking to SoapGoods.  I just really like them.

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