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natural insect repellents- outdoor challenge

Last week my friend Jessica brought up the subject of natural insect repellents. I love this idea and we have tried many commercial natural repellents that didn’t seem to cut it very well with Araina. She’s got the type of body chemistry where insects would eat her alive if they could; she must taste very good! I know the ingredient Deet is the only full proof method to keep those blood suckers away, but I just CAN’T put it on my little ladies. These methods I’m about to share seem to help Fauna much more than Araina………

The best essential oils to use for homemade natural repellents are-
citronella, tea tree, cajuput, rosemary, red thyme, lavender, eucalyptus, cedarwood, geranium, juniper , patchouli, pennyroyal, pine, and lemongrass. You could make a spray with any of these oils in a witch hazel base or dilute them in a carrier oil (jojoba, sweet almond, olive oil). Important note- NEVER apply any of these essential oils directly to the skin (with the exception of tea tree and lavender) they could cause burning or other bad reactions.  

The ratio to mixing your own insect repellent-
2 oz. witch hazel (or you may substitue with a carrier oil)
60 drops essential oils
* Mix in a spray bottle and shake before each use. Apply every 20 minutes *natural repellents wear off easily.

 

The cloth strip method
My little ladies like the cloth strip way of wearing natural bug repellents. We cut strips of cotton cloth and apply lavender directly to the cloth, mix citronella in a little grapeseed oil, then apply it to the cloth too. They wear these cloth strips as headbands, belts,  and around their wrists and ankles. As you can see, it’s quite the fashion statement.

Herbalist Karen Mallinger’s,  All Goode Gifts , recipe for a natural repellent-
16 oz of carrier oil (jojoba, grapeseed, sweet almond, olive oil)
16 oz witchhazel
1/2 oz citronella
1/4 oz lavender
1/8 oz pennyroyal
1/8 oz tea tree
1/8 oz lemongrass

More suggestions from blogger friends-
- We just use a spray bottle of white vinegar. It dries within 10 seconds (so no after-smell!) and works VERY well. I used to be the “bug buffet” of my family and friends (as in, I would have 20 bug bites after an hour…everyone else would have none!) and it’s the only thing I use now! Sarah M from Our House In the Middle of Our Street
-Apple Cider Vinegar-Basically you drink 1 oz. of acv (or as much as you can stomach) before going out for the day. We dilute ours in water. Renee from FIMBY
-Another fabulous combo is using yarrow tincture as the base and some neem oil. Even the no-see-ums will leave you be! Rachel from The Family Herbal

If you do get bit or stung this season-
Use a few drops of undiluted lavender directly to the bite/sting.

For those nasty ticks-
Never pull a tick off the skin once the tick’s head has penetrated; put a drop of undiluted tea tree oil on the nasty beast until he lets go. Then treat the bite once again with a drop of tea tree oil.

Other ways to avoid the buggies of warmer weather-
1. Avoid soaps and shampoos with fragrance.
2. Avoid wearing dark clothing.

Now for the Outdoor Challenge Participant of the Day-Denise, from a smile a day, photographed her dad and youngest son doing some planting together. She writes,” Grandad and youngest Grandson. Learning from each other. Connecting.” Beautiful!

 Visit the other Great Outdoor Challenge players- 145 so far! It’s never too late to join; people are still entering daily!

lisasanders, angelina, phyllis, sarah, christie, jennifer, debbie, dong dong, denise,luisa, joy, stephanie, cori, alex, dawn, kristen, catherine, tricia,becky, christy, ruth, kari, courtney,branflakes,jessica, renee, haiku,brynn, amy, clemencia, sherry, leslie, lise, renee, anet, jenn, marina, amy, ella, marcia, karen, beth,julie,kyndale,kelly,lizzie, eileen,ag, mari-ann, cindy, robin, nicole, debbie, julia, renee, anita,lisa, jenn, montessori, marita,jeannie, hallie, mandy, kangaroo, andrea, joey, carmen, teena, stephinie, gidget, elizabeth, emma, rosina, saminda, melissa, katie, becca, atouria, barbara, ariella,missy, elizabeth, sarah, eileen, lisa, stacy, jennifer, tulsileaf, lisa C, morticia, angela, rana,jamie,lisa c, luz, charley, heather, valerie, kirsten, rachel, annie, kendra, beth s, lindseymichelle, megan, jen, jenni, gabbyrenee,korina, linda, adventurekerrs, laura, melissa, eva, jenny, amber, deb, wendy, courtney, shanti, msrev, kellyi, tammy, julia  , maureen,indigomum, andrea, mindy, becky, dawn, sarah,michelle, shelley, amber, nicole, cara, ginny, kris, tawnie, nancy, alex, kathi, ana, sarah m, stephanie

If you leave a link on the days you participate, I will know I have permission to share, for Outdoor Challenge Participant of the Day.

The purpose of Children & Nature Awareness Month is to celebrate the benefits of experiences in the natural world to children, and to all of us, and to offer alternatives to nature-deficit disorder,” said Dr. Cheryl Charles, President and CEO of C&NN.

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magnolia oil and cherry blossoms- outdoor challenge

More tree blossom love to share-

“It’s just like snow,” yells Araina as she runs through the falling cherry blossoms. Give cherry tree and pear tree limbs a gentle shake to make it snow (gentle shakes not needed on a windy day). 

 

Climb a blooming tree and see how it looks from a bee’s point of view.

MAGNOLIA BATH OIL
Capture the lovely aroma of a magnolia blossom by
1-collecting the petals
2- tear petals into pieces
3-put petals into sterilized glass jar

4-pour a carrier oil (olive oil, grapeseed, sesame) over the petals, make sure all plant material is covered with oil or mold will form; cap jar tightly 
5- let infuse in a dark place for at least 2 weeks; shake infusion at least once a day 
6-after 2 weeks, strain out the petals and let rest for a day; strain again then you will have a fragrant magnolia bath oil.

Outdoor Challenge Participant of the Day- Two little cuties from Charlie and Judah, enjoying the cherry blossoms (and a kiss) in Washington DC.

 Visit the other Great Outdoor Challenge players- 133 so far! It’s never too late to join; people are still entering daily!

lisasanders, angelina, phyllis, sarah, christie, jennifer, debbie, dong dong, denise,luisa, joy, stephanie, cori, alex, dawn, kristen, catherine, tricia,becky, christy, ruth, kari, courtney,branflakes,jessica, renee, haiku,brynn, amy, clemencia, sherry, leslie, lise, renee, anet, jenn, marina, amy, ella, marcia, karen, beth,julie,kyndale,kelly,lizzie, eileen,ag, mari-ann, cindy, robin, nicole, debbie, julia, renee, anita,lisa, jenn, montessori, marita,jeannie, hallie, mandy, kangaroo, andrea, joey, carmen, teena, stephinie, gidget, elizabeth, emma, rosina, saminda, melissa, katie, becca, atouria, barbara, ariella,missy, elizabeth, sarah, eileen, lisa, stacy, jennifer, tulsileaf, lisa C, morticia, angela, rana,jamie,lisa c, luz, charley, heather, valerie, kirsten, rachel, annie, kendra, beth s, lindseymichelle, megan, jen, jenni, gabbyrenee,korina, linda, adventurekerrs, laura, melissa, eva, jenny, amber, deb, wendy, courtney, shanti, msrev, kellyi, tammy, julia  , maureen,indigomum, andrea, mindy, becky, dawn, sarah,michelle, shelley

If you leave a link on the days you participate, I will know I have permission to share for Outdoor Challenge Participant of the Day.

The purpose of Children & Nature Awareness Month is to celebrate the benefits of experiences in the natural world to children, and to all of us, and to offer alternatives to nature-deficit disorder,” said Dr. Cheryl Charles, President and CEO of C&NN.

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dandelion goddess- outdoor challenge day 5

 We had some dandelion goddesses honor us with their presence today- (picture over load today)

Dandelion Goddess Fauna-

This is Veda, she designed Fauna’s goddess look.

Dandelion Goddess Maili-

Dandelion Goddess Araina-

The goddesses left gifts behind-

This is little brother Porter with a water gun, who chased the goddesses everywhere!

 Outdoor Challenge Participant of the Day-  Beautiful Elizabeth observing dandelions, from her mom Joy’s blog, You know how we’re an art family….

For more dandelion activites click these links- Save the dandelions!, dandelion octopus, dandelion seed activity, dandelion syrup, dandelion jelly, and my personal favorite- dandelion cookies. Dandelions are meant to be enjoyed!

***Have you seen the Richard Louv Last Child in the Woods book giveaway over at rhythm of the home? Click here for the direct link to the giveaway, if you don’t already have the book.

row’s post may be even later than usual, I am helping my friend dye 400 yards of fabric! In all honesty, I took extra pics today because I knew I won’t be able to photo my girls tomorrow while they are outside. They will be going outside though, I just won’t be there to photo them. ;)

 Visit the other Great Outdoor Challenge players- 111 so far! It’s never too late to join!

lisasanders, angelina, phyllis, sarah, christie, jennifer, debbie, dong dong, denise, luisa, joy, stephanie, cori, alex, dawn, kristen, catherine, tricia, becky, christy, ruth, kari, courtney, branflakes, jessica, renee, haiku, brynn, amy, clemencia, sherry, leslie, lise, renee, anet, jenn, marina, amy, ella, marcia, karen, beth, julie, kyndale, kelly, lizzie, eileen, ag, mari-ann, cindy, robin, nicole, debbie, julia, anita, lisa, jenn, montessori, marita, jeannie, hallie, mandy, kangaroo, andrea, joey, carmen, teena, stephinie, gidget, elizabeth, emma, rosina, saminda, melissa, katie, becca, atouria, barbara, ariella, missy, elizabeth, sarah, eileen, lisa, stacy, jennifer, tulsileaf, lisa C, morticia, angela, rana, jamie, lisa c, luz, charley, heather, valerie, kirsten, rachel, annie, kendra, beth s, lindsey, michelle, megan, renee, korina, linda, kerrs, laura, jen, jenni, gabby

If you leave a link on the days you participate, I will know I have permission to share for Outdoor Challenge Participant of the Day.

The purpose of Children & Nature Awareness Month is to celebrate the benefits of experiences in the natural world to children, and to all of us, and to offer alternatives to nature-deficit disorder,” said Dr. Cheryl Charles, President and CEO of C&NN.

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Numi Blooming Tea

Numi Flowering Tea-”Flower Jewel’s tender white tea is crowned by a bright pink amaranth flower. The dancing petals blissfully open as sweet jasmine scents this captivating elixir.”

Definitely captivating to Fauna!

See the post below to view the new monsters in my Etsy shop.

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oatmeal-honey face mask

Here is a great gentle oatmeal mask for those of us that have sensitive skin. I guarantee this will leave your face feeling clean, soft, and smooth. Again, like the oatmeal and sunflower scrub, these items are most likely in your kitchen and the mask only takes a few minutes to whip up. The honey contains anti-microbial properties to cleanse and rejuvenate the skin, the oatmeal is to put moisture back and soften, and the egg tightens the pores for a smoother complexion. Put all the benefits of each together and you have a wonderful mask for the skin.

You need:
1 tablespoon runny honey (warm honey that runs easily)
1 egg yolk
4 tablespoons fine ground oatmeal
small bowl
towel

sensitive skin mask

To make:
1. Add the egg yolk to the honey and mix with a fork until well blended.
2. Slowly stir in the oatmeal a little at a time to make a soft paste.
3. Use immediately.
4. Smooth the mask onto your skin using your fingertips in a circular motion- this is a little messy, make sure you have a towel close at hand.
5. Put your feet up for 15 minutes while the oatmeal, egg, and honey do their softening magic on your skin.
6. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.

add oats until paste forms

 Fauna LOVES this oatmeal mask too, but don’t let this sweet (?) face fool you……….

honey egg oat face mask  

she prefers to threaten and chase her sister around the house instead of putting her feet up for 15 minutes.

oatmeal face gremlin

Be good to your skin!

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winter sunflower and oats soak/scrub

Heather, from Shivaya Naturals, is doing a wonderful series called “We Deserve This;” reminding mamas to take the time for solitude and nurturing ourselves. I felt the need to contribute a recipe for this purpose and also provide a great recipe for relieving dry itchy skin with ingredients found in the kitchen cupboard- sunflowers, oatmeal, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vitamin E oil. The combination of oatmeal and the oil from ground-up sunflower seeds and vitamin E is a great way to relieve dry skin on these dehydrating winter days; the cinnamon and nutmeg are a little extra punch for circulation and aromatherapy to awaken the senses.

oats, sunflowers and cinnamon

you need:
1/4 cup shelled, raw sunflower seeds
1/4 cup oatmeal
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil

to do:
1. Grind the seeds and the oats in a food processor or coffee grinder. Grind until you have a consistency of whole-wheat flour.
2. Add the spices and vitamin E; mix well.
3. Store in an airtight container until ready to use. This makes about 4 ounces, which is enough for one bath. Pour the mixture into a warm bath. If you don’t want particles to clean up following the bath, you can place this in a muslin/cotton sachet to float in the water.
4. I like to use this as a scrub too when taking showers. Scrub this onto your skin like you would a salt or sugar scrub; then rinse with warm water.

winter sunflower soak

Take time for yourselves mamas and remember to breath.

Recipe altered a bit from Janice Cox’s Natural Beauty from the Garden.