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We are busy adding drop down boxes on the website. You can now order small samples of all aromatic raw materials to examine before purchasing larger quantities.
Yes, it is getting to be that time of year again. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we’ve had an extremely rainy Spring season – so much so, we are calling this month, "Juneuary"! This unusual dampness will produce optimum conditions for mosquitoes to breed and multiply as the temperatures warm. Here is additional mosquito information on the website to learn more.
As you can see, we offer a fabulous ready-to-use mosquito repellent in a variety of product applications. However, many of you readers grow your own gardens and can easily make your own effective natural spray or oil to take care of those pesky mosquitoes or no-see-ums.
As you probably already know, DEET is currently the most common active ingredient in commercial bug repellents. DEET is a dangerous chemical, as discovered by Duke University researchers and can cause brain-cell destruction and has caused neurological damage in studies using rats. Additionally, the Iowa State University Research Foundation has proven Catnip, Nepeta Cataria, known as a cat-pleasing herb or medicinal tea, to be safe and effective to keep bugs at bay.
Catnip is a perennial herb, preferring well-drained soil and plenty of sunlight. It is easy to grow but can become invasive. Best planted in the fall, it will get a boost for summer by forming a strong root system, increasing its natural drought resistance. If you choose to plant now, purchase a hardy plant from a nursery, making sure of the correct Latin binomial. Catnip doesn’t need much help once it is established and only needs compost, not fertilizer.
Here are the recipes for making your own bug repellents:
Catnip Mosquito Mist (makes approximately 3 cups)
Rise and pat dry herb, roll lightly with a rolling pin to bruise and open plant cells, place in a clean quart jar and cover with vinegar. Seal jar and store in a dark cupboard for two weeks, shaking lightly every day. Strain into clean jar, seal and refrigerate for up to 6 months unused. To use, spritz on exposed skin and around outdoor recreation or dining areas.
Catnip and Rosemary Mosquito Oil
Bruise catnip leaves; finely chop rosemary. Pack in a clean jar, cover with oil and place in a dark cupboard for 2 weeks, shaking lightly every day. Strain into clean jar, seal and refrigerate unused for up to 8 months. To use, decant into smaller bottle for carrying and rub on exposed skin when outside.
Let us know if you try these ideas; we love to get feedback.
We’ve developed an Essential Oil Starter Kit, especially for beginners, or those more experienced who are looking for quality essential oils at a hefty discount to add to their stock. We thought it would be a good idea to offer convenient and affordable collections. This starter kit includes:
CEDARWOOD (Cedrus atlantica), CYPRESS (Supressus sempervirens), EUCALYPTUS (Eucalyptus radiata), LAVENDER (Lavendula angustifolia var. vera), MANDARIN TANGELO (Citrus reticulata blanco), PALMAROSA (Cymbopogon martinii), PEPPERMINT MITCHAM (Mentha piperita), PINE (Pinus sylvestris), ROSEMARY (Rosmarinus officinalis ct. camphor), TEA TREE (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Also includes valuable information like "50 Ways to Use Essential Oils", "Be Safe & Smart, "Care of Essential Oils", and a dilution chart for accurate usage. Only $40 for the entire set and information packet. The total retail value would be $72.00– that’s over 45% savings, can’t beat that! Item number 17401001
We’ve included some upgrades. Purchase the Essential Oil Starter Kit with our best selling book for beginners, "AROMATHERAPY: Soothing Remedies to Restore, Rejuvenate, and Heal" by Valerie Gennari Cooksley for an additional $15 (regularly $16.95). This would make a lovely gift for the graduate, giving them a road to self-care as they choose their future path. Complete Essential Oil Starter Kit plus Aromatherapy Book, Item number 17403001 only $55.00.
And, we’ve paired the Essential Oil Starter Kit with our Sturdy Navy Blue professional essential oil carrying case. This case is 11.5×13 and 2.375 inches in height. It holds twenty-eight 5 ml. bottles and seventeen 15 ml. bottles. There are spaces for a 2 oz. bottle of carrier oil or lotion and a 25 ml. jar for cream or gel. In addition to over 45% off the essential oils, receive an extra $5.00 off the case. Essential Oil Starter Kit plus Therapist Kit, Item 17402001 $63.50
Finally, you can have it all! Everything you need to embark on your aromatic adventure. Ten 5 ml size Essential Oils, what we think is the best beginners book on how to use them , and a professional carrying case to keep them safe and protected. In addition to over 45% off the Essential oils, get the book for $15.00 (less than the $16.95 retail price), and $5.00 off the case. Complete Essential Oil Starter Kit: OILS, BOOK, and CASE Item number 17404001 $78.50