What’s Buggin You?

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Insects of all shapes and sizes are summer times nemesis to all outdoor activities.

As we prepare our BBQ picnics and cook outs, those nasty, crawling, flying, bugs are checking us out as their next meal… yes, bugs bite because they’re hungry.  Those that sting, do so because they feel threatened.

Helpful preventative hints would be to use a bug spray containing DEET; burning a citronella candle will also help repel many insects; eating garlic will stop the attraction to most bugs as you sweat; avoid wearing sweet scented lotions or perfumes; and wear light colors versus bright or floral clothing, especially on children.

If you are bitten and scratching or swelling, try rubbing an ice cube on the bite immediately. Products like Sea Breeze may help stop the itching and most deodorants have ingredients that sooth skin irritation. Tea-tree oil will help reduce swelling and so will meat tenderizer.  Apple cider vinegar has been known to relieve swelling from stings because of its acid content.

Taken from Prevention Magazine@

Buzz-Off Oil
¼ tsp lemon eucalyptus essential oil
⅛ tsp geranium essential oil
⅛ tsp lavender essential oil
Put almond oil in a bottle, add essential oils, and shake well. Apply a small amount to your arm and leave on for 30 minutes to make sure you’re not sensitive to any of the ingredients. If you have no reaction, then apply to exposed skin every 3 to 4 hours when outdoors. Avoid contact with the eyes, mouth, and nose.