We went camping on the weekend and had a great time! It was so nice to spend some time outdoors (even though it rained for some of it). I have heard other bloggers say it is good to get away and ‘un-plug’ from electronics and I thought they were crazy… I didn’t think it was a big deal to stay/ want to stay connected. Little did I know, a break from cyber space was exactly what I needed to recharge, even if only for a few days!
It has been so long since I have been camping so getting set up was a bit of a challenge, especially in the rain! We bought a beautiful tent which states it sleeps 7 people (there were 2 of us & the dog in our tent). We decided to get a bigger tent as we plan to do a lot of camping this summer and we thought it would give us extra space, which it certainly did! It is huge! However once we got the tent set up (this didn’t take more than 10-15 minutes) and got settled, it was smooth sailing for the rest of the weekend… minus the pesky bugs!
A few weeks ago, in preparation for this trip I wrote Essential Oils for Camping. Now after having gone camping I have a few more oils to add and a few adjustments to make from the last post.
More Essential Oils for Camping:
- Protective Blend
- Purification Blend
- Fractionated Coconut Oil
Keeping the Bugs away:
Instead of using only the outdoor blend, as discussed here, we also added lemongrass. We used:
15 drops outdoor blend
7 drops lemongrass
2-3oz of water
Make sure you shake the bottle between uses as the oils will settle on top of the water.
I think this blend helped, my husband came back with only 4 or 5 bites so overall I’d say that is pretty good as the bugs were out in full force. I, however, was not so lucky. Let’s just say I have significantly more than 4 or 5 bites… but I always get more bites then him… guess I am just sweeter 😛 If I didn’t use this blend I probably would have been covered from head to toe. Honestly I do not think I would have had any better results if I used a store bought bug spray with strong chemicals. Bonus: This spray had a really nice scent which made up for the lack of showers… more on that shortly!
Relieving Bug Bite Itch:
First off, don’t do what I did. I scratched my bites like crazy so by the time I applied lavender the skin was even more agitated and slightly raw. While lavender helps, it is not a miracle oil… I have learned my lesson!
On my next trip I plan to bring fractionated coconut oil with me. When I got home from the trip I combined lavender and fractionated coconut oil and applied it to my leg and arms like a moisturizer, this really helped with the itch!
You never know how your body will react to the outdoors. It can be a seasonal allergy sufferer’s nightmare! If you suffer from allergies, you may want to make this on your next camping trip to help relieve some of your allergy symptoms:
2 drops peppermint
2 drops lavender
2 drops lemon
Combine these 3 oils in a veggie capsule to help with allergy symptoms. Please remember to ONLY USE Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. Read the bottle, of it doesn’t state ‘for dietary use’ or ‘supplement facts’ then do not ingest the oil as it most likely contains synthetic fillers.
Sticky Tree Sap:
We had to make some impromptu trap shelters out of tarps and rope because of the rain which involved touching sticky sap on the trees. Add a drop of lemon to your hands and rub them together to help remove the sticky residue. Note: Lemon is a photosensitive oil which means if exposed to direct sunlight, it could burn your skin. After removing the sap, thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water.
We were lucky to have a site right near the flush toilets but unfortunately it did not have soap at the sink. We used regular hand sanitizer but if I had thought of it we could have used 1 drop of the protective blend on our hands to sanitize them.
Although we were near the washrooms, this particular campground did not have showers. If I camp again without showers I will combine 4-5 drops of the purification blend with 2-3oz of water in a glass spray bottle. This blend is perfect for staying fresh as it has cleansing and deodorizing properties.
I hope these are helpful examples of ways you can use essential oils when camping! What are you favourite essential oils to camp with?