How To Painlessly Remove A Tick

It’s springtime! :) 

One thing I do not like about the warmer weather is bugs!  And though we have chickens scratching the ground on a regular basis cutting down on the bug and tick population, my girls still end up with a tick or two somewhere on their body.  

One of my daughters had a very small tick recently on the edge of her eyelid – how weird is that?  I was still able to easily remove the small tick pain-free with an easy trick.  It’s very important to fully remove the tick, making sure that the head comes completely out – we don’t want our children at risk of an infection or disease!  

Have you ever pulled half the body off, and still have to work on getting the head out?  It’s happened to me several times!  Those things can really hold on til death – and even after!  A great way to remove a tick without a child even knowing it is with tea tree oil!  This oil is very versatile and we use it often.

  
Simply place about 3 drops of the oil on a cotton ball and hold it on the tick for a minute.  Then immediately pull the tick off with tweezers.  The tick comes off very easily, often without the child knowing, and many times the tick has almost completely let go from “suffocation”, no matter how far in it has dug its head.  

You can also tape the cotton ball with tea tree oil over the tick.  Leave this on for about 30 minutes or so and the tick should have completely let go with no need to use tweezers!

I also like to use the oil because of its ability to fight any infection that may occur from the bite.  


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Homemade Fabric Softener

Not only can you save lots by making your own detergent, you can save by making your own fabric softener too!  Enjoy!

Ingredients:
8 cups white vinegar
1 1/4 cups warm water
1 cup baking soda
Essentials oils of your choice (like lavender, lemon, orange…)

Directions: 

Mix vinegar and water together.  Slowly add the baking soda, stirring constantly.  Mix this in a large pail, as this will be fizzy!  Use a funnel to pour this mixture into a gallon size container like a milk jug or old detergent container.  Add a 1/3 teaspoon of your choice of essential oils.  You can add more for a stronger fragrance.  I tend to like a stronger fragrance. :)  Shake before each use and add 1/2 – 1 cup to the fabric softener dispenser, depending on the size of your load.

A safe alternative to soften your clothes – and it’s EASY!!!
Remember to add 3-5 drops of eucalyptus or tea tree oil to the dispenser along with the fabric softener to kill bacteria, mold, sick germs, etc. when washing sheets, towels, or any load that might need it!  

You can buy great quality essential oils at Beeyoutiful!

Beeyoutiful is my favorite store to build my essential oil supply!

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This is linked to:
Feminine Adventures


Using Essential Oils in Laundry

There’s nothing like brightening up your laundry by using essential oils!  Essential oils add a fragrance to your clothes without the harmful side effects that synthetic fragrances have.  From adding fragrance, to killing bacteria and dust mites, essential oils are very useful for this mundane, never-ending task!  You can add 3-5 drops of your chosen oil in the softener compartment of the washer.  Some of the heavier oils are not good to use in the washer due to their tendency to cling to the clothes when they are washed, but are fine to use in the dryer.
For the wash, some delicious fragrances are: lemon, lavender and orange.  For a more exotic scent, use ylang-ylang or neroli.  Adding marjoram, chamomile or orange blossom to a load of sleep clothes help aid in insomnia.

Or, try these:


For a fresh scent:     For a floral scent:         For a romantic scent:
Lavender                               Geramium                                 Ylang-Ylang
Rosemary                             Palma Rosa                                        Rose
Bergamont                                Neroli                                           Jasmine
Pettigraine                          Bois de Rose                                     Vervaine 


To kill bacteria, dust mites and sick germs, add about 5 drops of tea tree oil or eucalyptus oil to the wash.  I use these oils in my sheets and towels, and any other load I think needs it.

I like to buy my essential oils from Beeyoutiful.  The quality and price cannot be beat!

Beeyoutiful

Hope you enjoy using pure essential oils in your laundry!  They are not expensive and last a long time!  They sure beat the synthetic fragrances that are in the average product.  Now synthetic fragrances are another story…I’ll have to cover that in the future!
All this talk about using lovely oils for the laundry makes me want to jump up and do several loads myself…well maybe not! ;)

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