I just got back from an 11 day trip to Africa where I got to enjoy the hot equator sun. It was in the 80’s everyday I was there and I’m missing it! (and yes those are hippos behind me)

But now I’m coming to you from Michigan, which means Spring is right around the corner. As you may know, the weather can fluctuate greatly from day to day but technically I can sense Spring in the air!!

Do you know what that means? If you are anything like me, then that means spending (a lot of) time out in the sun and going camping!!

But before you do, let’s talk about how you can eliminate some harmful toxins from entering your body!

Did you know?

  • Out of 2,000 sunscreens reviewed, more than 75% were found to contain toxic chemicals.
  • Common side effects for insect repellents include skin reactions, allergic rashes, and eye irritation.
  • Many topical medicated creams for insect-bite itching and irritation have side effects causing redness, irritation, and swelling. (and isn’t that what you are trying to avoid ??)

Tips:

  1. For a mosquito/bug repellent, spray it or drop on your skin then RUB it in. (recipe below)
  2. To relieve the discomfort of a poison ivy rash, apply lavender and roman chamomile essential oils. If you have a large area, you can mix the oils with a carrier oil to help it spread better.
  3. For cooling or heat stroke apply peppermint essential oil to the back of your neck or add 10 drops of lavender essential oil to a cool washcloth. Apply to forehead or over the neck.

 

Bug Repellent

10 drops each of lemongrass, lavender, geranium, and peppermint. Mix essential oils in a small spray bottle and add fractionated coconut oil to fill. Shake well and spray on exposed areas of the skin.

Sunscreen

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fractionated coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  • 2 Tablespoons shea butter
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
  • 2 Tablespoons zinc oxide
  • 12 drops helichrysum essential oil

Place all ingredients except zinc oxide and helichrysum essential oil into a glass mixing bowl. Fill saucepan with 2-3 inches of water and turn on medium heat. Place glass bowl into saucepan and stir as ingredients melt. Remove from heat and add helichrysum and zinc oxide. Pour into a glass jar and store in a cool place. Apply lotion to skin before sun exposure. Reapply as needed.

Sunburn Spray

  • 1 cup aloe vera juice
  • 1/4 cup fractionated coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
  • 8 drops lavender essential oil
  • 8 drops melaleuca essential oil
  • 8 drops roman chamomile essential oil

Combine ingredients in a 16 oz glass spray bottle. Shake well and spray onto sunburned skin. Repeat as needed.

Cooling Spray

  • 8 oz water
  • 2 teaspoons witch hazel
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil

Combine in a small spray bottle for instant cooling effects!

 

I do have to mention that the essential oils that you use should be of highest quality, 100 % pure and scientifically tested! Not all essential oils are created equal, although the labeling may indicate they are. I only know of one company that allows others to see the testing report from every single batch of oil! Now that is a brand I can trust! No fillers, no pesticides, no modifications or added carrier oils. Just the best from nature, as it was intended!

If you would like more information on what brand I put my families trust in, simply reply to this email and we can chat. I want the best for you and your family and I want what you use on your body to be safe!

Happy Spring (soon) ?

Live Vibrantly,

April