In recent weeks the news headlines in some way included the Zika Virus Disease . The Zika Virus is mosquito born disease. It is caused or spread when people come into contact with a infected Aedes Mosquito.
The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes). In the Bahamas we say, “Pink Eye”. The illness is usually mild and lasting several days to a week after being bitten an infected by the mosquito.
The CDC is urging the public especially pregnant women to be aware when traveling to countries and territories with active Zika Virus transmissions being reported. Some of these countries and territories include Brazil, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and several states in the United States.
Four (4) Things Can Do To Prevent Contracting The Zika Virus:
- Check Gardens and Yards To Remove Standing Water.
- Research Affected Areas Before Booking Travel Plans
- Use Topical Mosquito Repellents Made of Essential Oils
- Essential Oils Sprays
- Wear Long Sleeves at Dust When Mosquito Appear
- Vector Surveillance and Control
As a means to bring awareness to the Zika Virus Disease spreading and to advocate for preventative measures this video was created.
This virus should be of global concern because of its affect on infants. Children are being born with small heads due to the mother being infected during pregnancy. This disease is of great concern because in my aromatherapy training we always cautioned pregnant women about using essential oils during pregnancy. However, I do not support that these women use this essential oils directly on their bodies. I do support using it in the environment as a mosquito repellent.
The following essential oils are recommended to be used as repellents or to create repellent sprays: Citronella Cymbopogon Nardus, Lemon Eucalyptus , Eucalyptus Eucalyptus Globulus , Cedar, Catnip, Lavender, Peppermint, Geranium, Thyme, Lemon, Orange, Pine.
Home Made Essential Oil Repellent Spray
- 4 oz. Clean Glass Spray Bottle with a fine mist setting.
- 1.5 fl. ounces of Distilled Water and 1.5 fl. ounces of High-proof Vodka.
- 15 drops Citronella Essential Oil
- 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 10 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- 5 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
Directions: Fill the spray bottle with the choice of either 1.5 fl. ounces of distilled water and 1.5 fl. ounces of alcohol or 3 fl. ounces of distilled water. (Even though a 4 oz. bottle is suggested, leave about 1 oz. unfilled so you can shake the bottle well between uses.) Then, add the essential oils.
To Use Follow Directions Carefully: Shake the bottle before each use. Essential oils do not fully dissolve in water and alcohol and will settle. If you do not shake the bottle, you risk having concentrated droplets of essential oil irritate your skin.