New: Lemon Verbena – a great mood lifter, and Catnip from the USA, with research indicating it to be 10 times better than DEET as a mosquito repellent. Time to make your own natural bug-be-gone! Add them both to your unscented creams for an incredible joint-healthy, happy smelling insect repellent!
We’re happy to announce we have a wonderful Lemon Verbena in stock – an oil that is so rarely available at reasonable prices, yet because we’re working directly with the distiller, this most fantastic-smelling woodsy-lemon-scented oil can be enjoyed by everyone.
Lemon verbena holds a place strongly in the ‘aroma’ therapeutic realm of aromatherapy, being noted again and again as a scent that will lift spirits and dispel melancholy. It is similar in a way to other high-citral essential oils such as Lemon Tea Tree or Lemongrass, though the scent is pure pleasure – with a very earthy body we’ll sure you’ll enjoy.
Lemon verbena has also quite a number of mentions in the research literature as am anti-inflammatory agent, as well as a potent antioxidant. When used with fish oil (or other essential oil fatty acids), significant improvements in joint pain and stiffness were found. (see this PubMed search for more).
Catnip: We’ve added a lower cost catnip essential oil from the USA. Catnip is known for its very potent efficacy of repelling mosquitoes It has been shown 10 to 20 times more effective than DEET, and while the Catnip from the USA is a little more pungent, it’s certainly going to be an effective mosquito repellent.
How to Make your own mosquito repellent
Typically, an insect replellent will include at least one essential oil with a lemony ‘citral’ scent…Lemon Verbena would make an excellent choice instead of Citronella in our most popular formula. Use catnip 2% in a base of water/alcohol or unscented cream. Add another 2% of Lemon Verbena and 6% of Geranium. You’ll actually smell wonderful while keeping the bugs away! Some folks will add 1% Peppermint as well, as the heating/cooling nature seems to keep the no-see-ums from landing.
If you find the Geranium cost prohibitive, know that much of the effect is derived from the Catnip – so you can also give a go to 25 drops catnip, 25 drops citronella, and 25 drops cedarwood per fluid ounce of your total mixture.
So, to mix 8 fluid ounces (this is A LOT, enough to use for a couple of weeks!) use a base of either 1 cup 1/2 vodka or rubbing alcohol and 1/2 cup water (for a spray on formula) or 1 cup of unscented lotion (such as our jojoba/coconut cream base). Add 100 drops each Catnip and Lemon Verbena, and 300 drops (or 12ml) of our organic South African Geranium. Mix well. You may decrease the amount of essential oils used in the spray on formula if you find it too strong, or simply add another 1/4 cup of half-and-half alcohol and water. And experiment! Add a little peppermint if you like; cedarwood is also popular in these formulas.