Sun And Bugs

The month of May is the time to focus on sun exposure and skin damage. It’s easy to forget about sunscreen when the temperatures are still low. Yet the sun is now just at the right angle to damage our skin, which has not had the chance to develop its natural defense against sun exposure.

In Michigan, it has been 7-8 months since we have had significant sun. Wearing sunscreen is more important now than it will be at the end of the summer when our skin will have developed some armor against UV light.

How much? Face and hands are exposed right now, driving and gardening. Apply a good amount of sunscreen cream on top of your hands and cheeks to protect those delicate areas. Badger is my go-to brand for natural and coral-reef safe sunscreen. I love their new clear zinc, and the lavender fragrance.

Arms and legs are not as delicate as the face and hands, and so do not require as much attention. Natural moisturizers like coconut oil and emu oil (now offered at a 20% discount), have low UV protection, making them perfect for those areas. Use a higher protection level for longer sun exposure. This is especially true around water, and when the sun is at its highest during the middle of the day.

External natural skin sun protection is not the only consideration. Hydration gives your skin flexibility, making it less prone to damage.

Omega fatty acids boost your resilience and radiance. Omega-3 from fish oil or algae maintains the skin’s fat. Omega-7 from sea buckthorn will provide a natural glow, and build faster sun resistance due to its naturally occurring carotenoids. Carotenoids are needed for the repair and maintenance of the skin and mucous membranes. I recommend this supplement at this time of year to repair skin for increased sun exposure.

Natural Bug Repellent And Recipes

It’s the perfect weather for camping trips, hikes and gardening. While mosquitoes are not as prevalent as ticks right now, it’s good to be prepared. Aura Cacia essential oils are perfect, for natural bug repellent concoctions and preparations. Eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, geranium, clary sage, citronella, and tea tree oils are good to have for the following recipes.

Tick repellent

Eucalyptus’ strong odor makes it a great insect repellent, but you must use caution around pets. As always, if you are using it directly on the skin, ensure that you are diluting it with a carrier oil. This oil is safe to use in lotions, or in a spray with water.

Lavender is an all-purpose insect repellent. In recent studies, lavender essential oil has performed well as both a tick deterrent, as well as a method of preventing tick eggs from hatching.

Lavender is safe to use for all ages, including babies. Make sure you are using a pure essential oil, and not a fragrant or adulterated oil.

Use topically on your body, on clothing, on camp gear, rugs, etc.

Sprinkle peppermint essential oil under cushions, rugs, and pet beds in the home. Do not apply it to pet fur.Geranium is a wonderful mosquito and tick repellent. It is a great citronella substitute, because it does not repel or interfere with bees.

Tea tree’s strong presence repels most bugs. Use it sparsely on your skin. You may add it to all cleaning products

Citronella is a natural mosquito repellent. Do not use it around bee or butterfly gardens.

For each of the following blends: Shake the bottle before each use and spray it on your clothes, including a hat, skin, and shoes. The scent will keep ticks away. Use it each time you go outside or into heavily wooded areas. They are safe for adults, kids and dogs.

Tick Repellent #1


  • 1 cup of water

  • 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil

  • 3 drops geranium or clary sage essential oil

  • 5 drops lavender essential oil


  1. Fill your spray bottle with 1 cup of water. If you are using a smaller bottle, just cut your amounts in half.

  2. Add the essential oils, put the top on the bottle and shake.

Tick Repellent #2


  • 1/2 cup of water

  • 20 drops lavender essential oil

  • 20 drops eucalyptus essential oil


  1. Fill your spray bottle with 1/2 cup of water

  2. Add the essential oils, put the top on the bottle and shake.

Tick Repellent #3


  • 1/2 cup white vinegar

  • 1/3 cup water

  • 20 drops eucalyptus essential oil

  • 20 drops lavender essential oil

  • 5 drops geranium essential oil

  • 5 drops tea tree or citronella essential oil


  1. Add vinegar and water in a spray bottle.

  2. Add the essential oils, put the top on the bottle and shake.

Tick Repellent #4


  • 1/2 cup witch hazel

  • 24 drops lavender essential oil

  • 24 drops tea tree essential oil


  1. Add witch hazel to the spray bottle.

  2. Add the essential oils, put the top on the bottle and shake.

For mosquito repellents. I like to use geranium, citronella and clary sage. I blend them with carrier oils, and then apply to ankles, wrists, and neck. You can also make a spray, but use little or no citronella outside, as bees don’t seem to like it. Spike lavender is used for bee stings, apply a few drops directly on the affected area.

Poison Ivy/Oak Bar is an effective and safe itch soothing soap, specially formulated with 95+ percent naturally derived ingredients to help cleanse, soothe and calm itchy, irritated skin due to poison ivy, oak or sumac. Check out All Terrain brand

Environmentally friendly Poison Ivy/Oak Bar contains natural, nourishing oils and extracts, such as neem oil, tea tree oil, soybean oil, sunflower oil, plantain extract, oat extract, rosemary extract and RSPO certified palm oil to relieve & soothe itchy, irritated skin that affected by poison ivy, oak or sumac.

For best results on poison ivy affected skin, use All Terrain's Poison Ivy/Oak Bar, Cream and Spray as a regimen. First, to clean, calm and soothe, lather on the Poison Ivy/Oak Soap, let it sit for 1-2 minutes, rinse and pat dry (don’t rub). Then, apply the Poison Ivy/Oak Cream to protect and relieve itching/irritation. Use the Poison Ivy/Oak Spray as a convenient no-touch travel-sized option.

• Uses natural ingredients, triple-milled

• Paraben-free, cruelty-free

• Non-irritating and good for sensitive skin

• Uses RSPO Certified Palm oil

• Travel-size

Lavender can be applied directly ( one drop) on the affected area after using the soap.

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