It's tick season and Lyme Disease has become rampant. Many of my patients are reporting issues with this peculiar disease. If you are out in the woods and enjoying the beautiful days amongst trees, make sure to check for ticks!
Peaking in the summer months, a tick bite containing the Lyme disease can cause you to feel the following symptoms: fever, headache, body aches, a bulls-eye pattern rash (pictured below), facial paralysis, and arthritic symptoms or pain in the joints.
If you catch these symptoms early enough, Lyme can typically be treated with antibiotics and you're good to go. If left untreated, Lyme disease can cause damage to the joints, heart, and nervous system.
For a great natural tick repellent, try using a few drops of Rose Geranium essential oil on the insides of your wrists, elbows, and ankles plus the back of the knees and behind the ears. This is also said to be helpful for your pets as well, although I don't have experience using essential oils with animals.
Rose Geranium is a gentle and safe oil to use directly on the skin. If you are to use it on your furry friends, use with caution in very small amounts. A drop or two between their shoulder blades and at the base of their tail should be safe to start out with. Less is more with essential oils.
Also, you want to make sure you're buying a quality essential oil, or else you are simply relying on synthetic chemicals or overly-diluted oils to treat thereaputic goals. Look for organic oils that have a good history with their distillers and quality control. Keep in mind, any company can put pretty words (such as "100% therapeutic grade" or "natural") on their bottles.
Here is an insect repellent recipe from Aromahead.com:
4 drops Patchouli
5 drops Cedarwood
3 drops Eucalyptus citriodora
4 drops Opopanax
2 drops Spikenard
Add to a 2 oz. (60ml) spray bottle of water and 3 ml Solubol. Shake well before use and freely spray on skin and clothes.
*This recipe did not mention ticks as far as repellent. Couldn't hurt to add Rose Geranium to the mix and use the same way.
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