I want to tell you a little bit about three of our Essential Oil Blends that people often misunderstand.
First, Bug Out.
Bug Out was formulated when I began to see a naturopathic doctor a few years ago. As she read my test results, she called out several pesticides that were in my system and asked if I used a bug spraying company at my house. Yes, I did, and the test results were showing it! I had been absorbing the chemicals and they were wreaking havoc on my system. I wondered, "If it's affecting me this much, and I don't roll around on the floor...how much is it affecting my children to spray our baseboards and doorways?" I began to do a little bit of research regarding bugs and found that there were some essential oils that are particularly good at repelling bugs. The Bug Out blend trial began. Since then, I've been using Bug Out regularly as a baseboard spray in my home, and weekly in my mop bucket with vinegar and a squirt of natural dish soap.
When I use Bug Out in my mop bucket, I see very few bugs. I might see a spider on occasion or a camel cricket. I spray the baseboards a couple of times in the spring time, as the bugs re-appear, and then a few months later in mid-summer. Again, in the fall, I'll spray a couple of times as the bugs try to find their winter home. During the winter, I rarely, if ever, spray the baseboards. Unfortunately, I haven't found an oil that repels flies well enough to keep them away (though diffusing will keep them away short-term). If I find one, I'll let you know! In the mean time, Bug Out is a great way to relieve yourself of unwanted pests along with unwanted chemicals and bug spraying company bills. We're saving roughly $400 a year by being healthier and the oils are working great!
Next, Purity (formerly Cleanse).
The original Cleanse blend was formulated as a sort of copy-cat version of Purification, by Young Living. I had discovered that Purification worked great on my family for repelling insects in the wild, and it was great for pulling out wasp/bee stings, and for killing bacteria. Over time, the blend changed as my preferences did, and we ended up with the oil we carry now. It's clean, refreshing, and it kills bacteria and mold. I've used it to pull snake venom out of my dog's face (and she's still alive, 5 years later!). It works great for repelling mosquito, chiggers, and ticks around our house. (Peppermint also repels chiggers, if dropped onto a cotton ball and rubbed across the chigger-prone areas of the body, but use caution because it might burn.) Purity destroys stinky smells, too. Once, someone smoked in my car a LOT while they were borrowing it. I couldn't get the smell out for anything. Eventually, I put 6 drops of Purity on a wash cloth and hung it from the rear-view mirror for a couple of days. When I got into the car, I couldn't believe it -- the smell was completely gone, and was replaced with the wonderful scent of Purity oil!
This blend was formulated with burns, cuts, and scars in mind. I first created it because we seem to always have a toddler in the house who falls a lot while learning to walk, climb, etc. I needed something that reduces inflammation, cleanses the skin, and soothes upset babies. This was the answer!
Because it has so much beta caryophyllene, Copaiba is said to be the most powerful anti-inflammatory oil available today; and, it is safe for even the smallest person to use. Tea Tree oil is exceptionally good for the skin, and it's anti-bacterial. Lavender is anti-bacterial, soothing to skin, and calming. The three together make a powerful, effective, and safe oil for everyone in my family.
So does it work?
I've been using Extinguish for a long time on scars, bruises, inflamed cuts, and burns. Once, I put my hand into the oven while it was wet and accidentally touched the rack (I know...duh). It peeled my skin back immediately, leaving a nasty open wound. For three days, I put Extinguish on the spot, and it healed quickly, neatly, and painlessly! Extinguish works quickly and amazingly effectively when our little guy falls and bumps his head. If we put the oil on, generally, there is no bruise. If we don't put it on, he has an inflamed bruise for days. A friend used Extinguish on her son when he had a skateboarding accident, and a nasty scar had begun to form on his face. It healed very nicely and helped remove the scar tissue quickly. I highly recommend giving this oil a try!
I hope this information helps you better understand how to use these oils. Give 'em a try! And let me know if you have any further questions.