I am volunteering as a nurse this week for my daughter’s high school marching band. We are at an away camp in the country so the band can bond, get down to business and learn their show. The camp is rustic and everything you’d imagine an away camp to be: scary food, acres of old cabins, trees and plenty of bugs to go around.
Of course as the suburbia dwellers that we are, we bring every spray known to man, bug spray and sunscreen. I refuse to put either of those on my body much less be present when it is sprayed into the atmosphere.
In the year since I’ve been here, I’ve become oily and I am on a mission to remove as many toxicities from my life as possible. Bug spray is right up there. I hate the smell and the way it feels on my skin and I don’t even want to think about the chemicals it contains.
This year I brought Tea Tree Oil to combat bugs. I simply put some Tea Tree Oil on my arms and legs, my neck and temples. The bugs approach me and quickly leave. I’m pleased.
In addition to keeping bugs away, Tea Tree Oil has many other benefits. It has Antifungal, Antiseptic, Antimicrobial, Antiviral and Anti-inflammatory properties. It supports itching from hives and rashes. It supports inflammation from ear infections and herpes virus. You can mix it in your shampoo to wash your hair and rinse it out to help a dry scalp. You can mix lavender and tea tree oils to combat head lice. These are only a few of the many things Tea Tree Oil supports.
If you are looking for a natural alternative to bug spray the next time you are out in the woods, I’d highly recommend this.