So we survived camping over the July 4th weekend! It was hot and humid and there were LOTS of biting flies – ugh! I took my supply of oils with me (as I do everywhere) and thought I’d write a short blog describing how we used my oils to survive the long weekend!
Here’s a couple of photos of our “home” for a few days at Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware:
The beach was WONDERFUL! I really like this park because we parked the car and biked and/or walked everywhere! There’s a beautifully paved bike path, several access points to the CLEAN beach, and lots and lots of activities to avoid the “I’m bored!” protests coming from the teenagers. But I digress….this isn’t a review of Cape Henlopen (but if you’re a camper check it out – they just re-did all the campsites!)
In addition to my homemade bug repellent (you can find that recipe here), Peppermint oil was our SAVIOR this weekend. Anytime we brought food out of the cooler to cook or consume, the flies SWARMED us. And they were the kind of flies who landed and immediately bit you, no introductions, no, “Come here often?” or “So where are you from?” No. Just land and CHOMP! So we spent the first couple of hours there swatting flies – not so much fun. My Dad loaned us his canopy with mosquito netting, and that surely helped, but it didn’t keep them completely out. So – I had an empty spray bottle, a full bottle of peppermint oil and access to water. That equals FLY REPELLENT!
I know when you look on Etsy or Amazon, you see all these cute little bottles with fancy labels and pretty presentations. It looks great – it really does. But what I’ve learned – it’s better to blend in a used (cleaned out!) bottle than not to blend at all. Please don’t wait for the perfect container with the perfect label to experiment with your oils! The empty spray bottle (from vinegar based window cleaner) worked like a charm for me this weekend. And here’s what it looked like:
I do label EVERYTHING I blend, just to be safe, even if it’s writing like this on an old label I removed. Once I mixed the peppermint oil with the water (I put about 60 drops in this container and shook it well and shook it often), I sprayed under the table, I sprayed the mosquito netting, I sprayed the top (as far as I could reach), and whenever we would get ready to cook food, I’d spray it again. I also sprayed around our two tents and the car and generally the perimeter of our campsite. It smelled really good – like a Peppermint Patty almost! Very refreshing! J
Not only did the peppermint spray keep the flies at bay, but it also kept us cool. It wasn’t overly hot, but it was very, VERY humid, and at times you could just sit at the campsite and sweat. A few drops of peppermint (or in my case, peppermint spray) on the back of the neck was just what we needed to cool off a bit. I also sprayed my legs and arms for added relief.
Now let’s talk about my dear future husband. I asked him three times if he wanted sunscreen while sitting on the beach. Each time his response was, “Not yet.” Can you see where we’re going with this? Yes, we have a sunburn in the house. Chest and belly were pink at the end of the evening. (I’m not even going to say I told him so…). Young Living has a WONDERFUL product called Lavaderm.
It’s a blend that contains lavender oil and aloe gel. It cools the skin and provides relief from that “itch” you get with a sunburn. Highly recommend this product!
We also used my Thieves blend cleaner. I know I’ve professed my love for Thieves in the past, and I swear the Thieves blog is coming folks! I mix the Thieves oil with lemon oil and some water and just a bit of Witch Hazel to make a spray I use to clean EVERYTHING in the kitchen. So I took this blend with me and used it to wipe down the picnic table. It was especially helpful when I made chicken roll ups and may have gotten raw chicken juice everywhere (yuk!). Thieves is a natural cleaner that has replaced SO MANY chemicals in my home. I use it in hand soap, cleaners, laundry and on my floors. In addition to my homemade blend, Young Living makes a concentrated all-purpose cleaner that I use to clean my wood floors, as well as the bathroom and kitchen.
One bottle lasts about six months – it’s THAT concentrated. My family now equates the spicy clove/cinnamon like scent of Thieves with cleanliness. And the best part – it’s all chemical free!
When we returned home, I pulled out my Purification spray and sprayed the pillows and anything we took that couldn’t be washed in the laundry. (You can read more about Purification here.) The combination of camp fire, dampness and mustiness was gone in seconds. We did the laundry using our Thieves laundry soap, cleaned our camping tools using my Thieves blend and just like that – we were back to our “normal” lives!
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday filled with family memories! Remember if you haven’t started your journey toward chemical free living, you can purchase your Young Living Premium Starter Kit here. Remember you get $300.00 worth of oils and products – everything you need to start your journey to healthier living and a chemical free home – for $160.00! I would be honored to sponsor you into the Young Living family! I am fortunate to be part of a team of amazing women and men (yes! Men!) who offer support and share knowledge every day! If you decide to join our team, you will have instant access to that support base as well.
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