Kid Safe Ages 2+
Can I just say how happy I am that Summer is here once more? ::happy sigh::. And of all the things I love most about summer, my favorite are the sunsets. The blazing heat of the day slowly evaporates to coolness with the drop of the sun behind the horizon, and as the sun falls the colors of the sky flare up in a dazzling yet brief display of fiery orange, yellow, and coral followed by dusky purples, pinks, and blues.
I adore evenings spent outside this time of year. My favorite ways to enjoy it are either with my little one, up past her bedtime, sitting cozily on my lap “assisting” me in turning the pages of the book we’re reading, or if she’s already tucked snuggly in bed, I grab myself a cool beverage to savor as I watch the last of the colors fade. The sun’s last gift of the day is always different, and in summer it is often particularly spectacular.
It just so happens that along with these evening delights at dawn and dusk comes the most active time of day for many varieties of mosquitoes, and they find me delicious. You don’t have to worry about the dude mosquitos, they are good with nectar and water, but the females… ::smh:: They are out for blood.
I don’t know what the deal is, but I could be outside with MANY other people of an evening, wearing PANTS, and my legs will still get eaten ALIVE. That’s just not supposed to happen.
I try to be prepared with my favorite Bugs Begone Spray (find the DIY here), but if I don’t have any with me… those dreaded little scale-winged, vampirical, blood-sucking maiden-demons (Rashelle calm yourself!) will lock onto their next victim (that’s me) using a combination of scent, exhaled carbon dioxide, lactic acid, and sweat. Then, they land, insert their proboscis (mouth-stinging thing), inject a mild-painkiller ::Rashelle hyperventilating::, and I’m none the wiser as they feast. ::shudder::.
Oh, and that’s not even the end. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology (AAAAI), states:
“Contact must last at least six seconds in order for a reaction to occur. Chemicals in mosquito saliva prevent blood from clotting and evoke a response that causes localized redness, swelling and itching.”
Chances are those little devilish minxes are going to get you for more than 6 seconds and you may not even have noticeable symptoms for 24-48 hours after they’ve left the scene of the crime. Where is the justice, I ask you? I’m afraid to say, there is none to be had.
But don’t you worry, there IS hope after this dastardly, insectuous deed.
Presenting ::insert fanfare:: the Bug Bite Remedy That Really Works!!!
This remedy is intended to provide relief of mild symptoms resulting from the everyday discomfort of insect bites and stings, support your body’s natural healing processes, and reduce the amount of time you are in discomfort. As with any DIY concoction, RESULTS MAY VARY.
Without further ado…
Bug Bite Remedy
Kid Safe 2+
2 drops Clove Bud essential oil
10 drops Lavender Bulgaria essential oil
10 drops Frankincense carteri essential oil
30 drops Peppermint essential oil
- Remove the cap and dropper insert from 5ml empty glass bottle.
- Add drops of Clove Bud, Lavender, Frankincense, and Peppermint, this is the Bug Bite Remedy blend.
- Place the dropper insert back on the 5ml glass bottle and press firmly until it’s pressed up against the top rim of the glass.
- Remove roll-on topper from bottle, add desired number of drops of Bug Bite Remedy Blend.
- Fill with F.C.O. and replace roll-on topper until it is seated against the top of the glass. Keep lid on tight when not in use.
- For topical application do not exceed a 5% dilution; in this case, 15 drops of the blend in 10mls of carrier oil
Dilution Rates in 10 ml of F.C.O.
.5% = I drop blend
1% = 3 drops blend
2% = 6 drops blend
3% = 9 drops blend
4% = 12 drops blend
5% = 15 drops blend
My experience using the Bug Bite Remedy Roll-on: I got mosquito bites to the top and back of the right knee on 5/31/16 (what gives? I guess my right leg must be very tasty). On 6/1/16 the bites were itching like mad and were distracting in the extreme. I expressed my discomfort to a coworker and they told me a remedy they’ve used for bug bites is to make a paste out of water and salt and apply to the bites. I did this to the bites on the top of my knee and applied the roll-on to the back of my knee to compare the results. The water/salt mixture seemed to soothe a little, although I feel it would have been best if I’d applied it immediately following the bite/sting the day before (I will have to test this again in the future on a fresh bite). Then I applied the Bug Bite Formula to the back of my knee and within 3 minutes began to feel relief and a cooling sensation.
Oh sweet relief! No more itchiness!
Two hours into my application test and the bites on the back of my leg were still not bothering me, but the ones on my knee were itching like crazy. I realize this is a very simple test (without lab coats and double blinds and other chemically stuff), but once I applied the Bug Bite Away Roll-On to the front of my knee it stopped cussing me out, so we are calling this one Rashelle-approved!
I’m curious to try out this water/salt poultice, though. I plan to add some Lavender and apply it immediately following a bite and see how that goes. Once I have an opportunity to try it out I will update this post with my experience.
I would love to hear of your experiences if you try this out! And specifically what you liked about it or what you would change, or what your favorite way to deal with nasty bug bites is. I look forward to hearing from you!