Homemade Insect Repellent ~ no yucky chemicals!!!

Don’t like the chemicals…makes my skin LITERALLY crawl!! This is a great recipe to make ~ I used the witch hazel to make mine with a little oil to give it ‘staying power’… works great!



Natural insect repellent recipe


10 – 20 drops of citronella essential oil
10 – 20 drops of lemon essential oil
10 – 20 drops of lavender essential oil
5 mls of carrier oil. Choose from Wheat germ, Vitamin E, avocado, calendula, borage or apricot kernel.

One small spray bottle or jar for storing the mix.
Add five mls of your chosen carrier oil to the storage jar and then add the oils. The more oils added, the stronger the scent will be. Screw up the lid and shake well to mix. The blend can be massaged onto the skin when needed.

If the oil mix is too greasy, then add the oils to a base of distilled witch hazel – you’ll need 3-5 teaspoons.

An alternative way of applying the mix would be too melt 10gs (0.35oz) of Shea butter in a pan and stir in the oils. Once the mix has set and cooled it can be massaged onto the skin in a solid bar form.

The essential oils can also be used individually or alternatively tea tree oil can also be used on its own or in combination with any of the other essential oils listed. However, the scent of tea tree can be rather strong so may not be suited to everyone.



Stress…what’s stress?? I’m NOT STRESSED!!!

Stress...what's stress?? I'm NOT STRESSED!!!

Our health depends on our over-all well being, NOT just our diet and exercise routines! When I am stressed, my trigeminal neuralgia kicks into HIGH gear and doesn’t let up for a while ~ I recently had to have my gallbladder removed (like so many others I have heard of since my diagnosis and surgery)… Correlation?? Definitely! Does any of this look familiar to you??

Allergies bothering you?? Try this!!

Allergies bothering you?? Try this!!

Allergies bothering you?? Solution: CLEAN YOUR MATTRESS

Even if you change your sheets and pillowcases weekly, chances are you haven’t thought about how to clean a mattress lately. Dust and dust mites accumulate in our bedding very quickly and can cause anywhere from mild to severe allergic reactions. Getting rid of dust mites is an ongoing battle and one effective way to fight them is to keep your mattress and bedding clean. Below are simple steps to help you clean your mattress on a regular basis.

Here’s how:
1.Pour about 1 cup of baking soda into a Mason jar & drop in 4 drops of lavender ESSENTIAL OIL.
2.Put on lid & shake jar. Using a kitchen strainer, sprinkle the baking soda mixture all over the mattress & let it sit for an hour or more.
3.Thoroughly vacuum the mattress.

Bye, bye dust mites, & other nasty things. The baking soda helps draw up any moisture & deep dirtiness. It deodorizes & leaves the mattress smelling fresh & clean ADDED BONUS: Lavender helps to promote a restful and peaceful sleep! YEAH! 🙂

Windows…the EASIEST way to clean them!!

Windows...the EASIEST way to clean them!!


This is the best way EVER to clean your windows…
NO DRYING is needed, and you won’t have any spots or streaks on your window!

You can clean 2 big sliding glass doors and 8 large windows in minutes!!!

Here are the ingredients you need to use:
1/2 gallon warm water
1 Tablespoon of liquid “Jet Dry” (Finish Rinse Aid)
2-3 Tablespoons of liquid laundry detergent or dish washing soap
Mix all of the ingredients above.
Spray your windows down with your hose to get them wet then wipe or brush on the solution onto your windows, then immediately hose it off.
That’s all there is to it and you’re done.
The remaining water just sheets off and you don’t need to dry it off!

To use in a spray bottle for inside use.
2 cups of warm water. 2 teaspoons of “finish” rinse aid. 2 teaspoons dish washing liquid.
Shake well and use. THAT’S IT! We know these ingredients clean and leave a spot free finish, so why wouldn’t they work on our windows??!! YEAH!!

Memory…oh, how I wish I still had one!

You know I have Trigeminal Neuralgia and part of the problem with us peeps is that the medicine literally TAKES our memory / our words / our IQ away from us!! I love doing things naturally and understanding the ways foods / herbs / essential oils affect us is KEY.

Here is a list of foods ~ !!



Oil based salad dressings, fish, dark leafy green veggies, avocado, sunflower seeds, peanuts and peanut butter, red wine, berries, whole grains and exercise!   Click on the link above to read all about it!