Summer, Sun and Insect Spray - From Sunburn to Insect Bites.

2:13 PM Posted by Jo Pedranti


I made a great beach spray last year when we went to the beach to be prepared for minor things that might happen. It worked so well that I decide to make the spray this year again. The spray is designed to cover everything from sunburn to an insect bite. We live in Texas so we have plenty of both sunshine and insects. It is also getting warmer outside so it was a good time to make it. I know, it may seem early for some of you that still have snow on the ground, but we had temperatures in the 90's the other day.


I got my stash in the kitchen so it is easy to grab. I didn't take any new pictures this time since my son brought the camera to school.


I use Lavender, Peppermint, Geranium and Tea tree for the blend, but a blend of lavender and peppermint, or lavender and tea tree, will do fine also. Lavender calms the skin, and has historically been  beneficial for healing burns and cleansing wounds and cuts. Peppermint is cooling, soothes pain, anti-infectious and supports digestion. Tea tree was added for its antiseptic properties as well as for potential insect bites. Geranium has inflammatory properties, is hemostatic (stops bleeding) and revitalizes skin tissues. It is also an insect repellent.

Kid Friendly Super Duper Beach & Summer Spray
 
Lavender  4 drops
Peppermint  3 drops
Tea tree  3 drops
Geranium 2 drops
2 oz. distilled water
1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel

I mix the essential oils with the aloe vera before I add it to the water in the spray bottle.  Aloe Vera is anti-inflammatory and will provide some soothing to a skin after sun exposure.

Make sure that you check out my sunburn post for more excellent tips on what to do for sunburns.



Another related post:

We eat our sun screen. Do you?





Before you leave:

I recommend that you always perform a skin patch test when you try a new oil.

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Johanna is an aromatherapist and she is passionate about educating people about health, essential oils, real food, natural remedies, and nutrition so they make healthier choices in their lives. 
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