DIY Tips from Lake Austin Spa Resort, Texas

DIY Tips from Lake Austin Spa Resort, Texas
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Here are some recipes courtesy of Lake Austin Spa Resort in Texas to help you have a more fragrant and enjoyable summer season.

Aromatherapy Summer Helpers Courtesy of Lake Austin Spa Resort

Mosquito bite treatment
8 drops lavender
2 tablespoons unscented lotion
Mix together and apply to bites every hour until itching and redness is gone. Generally one or two applications are all that is needed. The lotion mix will also repel mosquitoes.

Fire ant bites, Spider bites
Mix equal parts lavender and tea tree essential oils and apply directly to the bites. A few drops of each should suffice. Fire ant bites typically need only one treatment. For treatment of spider bites, place a gauze pad over the oils and reapply frequently. See a Doctor if redness and irritation persists.

Minor cuts and scrapes
Wash well and apply a drop of tea tree oil to prevent infection. Do not use on deep cuts or puncture wounds.

Sunburns, Windburn
8 drops lavender
2 tablespoons unscented lotion
Combine and apply to sunburned skin. Repeat hourly. This will reduce the heat and discomfort and assist the skin in healing. (Of course, it is best not to get burned at all. Use your sunscreen!)

Natural Insect Repellant
15 drops lavender oil
10 drops lemon eucalyptus oil
8 drops lemongrass oil
4 drops peppermint
4 drops thyme

Combine the oils with four ounces of witch hazel for a body spray. Or use 4 ounces of oil or lotion with the essential oil blend and rub on the skin. Or mix with water, shake well and spray for an outdoor repellent spray.

Trisha Shirey
Director of Flora and Fauna
Lake Austin Spa Resort

06/22/2007 |

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