Essential Oils and Bugs
Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders. ~ Henry David Thoreau
It is time to take care of our environment and Mother Earth! Today we are bombarded with chemicals from the industries that dump into our water supplies, to the pesticides used in and around the home and on yards and golf courses, to the petroleum ingredients in our personal care products – and there are hundreds of harmful chemicals to avoid! Toxins can affect us in many unpleasant ways. The toxins can accumulate very slowly such as in mold in the home which can result in breathing challenges or they can accumulate very quickly as is the case with pets being exposed to lawns and gardens treated with chemicals that they pick up on their paws or when eating grass. We have a responsibility to be better stewards for our planet if we expect to survive and if we expect other species to survive because without plants and animals, we become extinct also. Using natural substances is an important first step to be responsible for our own backyard. The time is now.
The following is some fascinating research for us to be aware of. Cleve Backster was among the first to propose that plants are affected by human intention. Backster was the country's leading lie-detector expert who fascinated by the psychology of lying and the use of hypnosis and interrogation in counterintelligence during the time of the second world war. His first program with the CIA refined the ppolygraph test to a psychological art and was used several years after the war.
One morning after working all night, he was about to water his Dracaena and wondered if it might be possible to measure the length of time it would take the water to travelp up the stem of the plant from the roots to reach the leaves. So he connected his Dracaena to one of his polygraph machines. Once the water reached the spot between the electrodes, the moisture would contaminate the circuit and be recorded as a drop in resistance.
In 1966, the technology consisted of a set of electrode plates which were attached to two of a subject's fingers through which a tiny current of electricity was passed. The smallest changes were picked up by the plates and recorded on a paper chart where a pen traced a continuous line. When someone lied or experienced any emotions such as excitement or fear, the size of the line would dramatically increase to the top of the chart.
Backster put one of the long leaves of his plant between the two sensor held by a rubber band. He expected to see an upward trend in the line when he watered his plant, but instead, the line went downward and then gave a blip which is what happens when someone experiences fear of detection. He later learned that the waxy insulation between the cells in the plants causes an electrical discharge similar to human stress reactions during polygraph readings. So he decided to try getting a response if he threatened the plant, so he thought about burning the leaf. At that very moment, the recording pen swung to the top of the polygraph chart and nearly jumped off the paper! The plant had perceived the thought as a direct threat and registered extreme alarm.
Needless to say, Backster performed and documented many experiments with plants even from distances away from plants in other offices. He found that all living things, all life forms, were in tune with each other and could pass information back and forth, particularly in moments of threat or death.
Flowers are beautiful hieroglyphics of nature, with which she indicates how much she loves us. ~ Wolfgang von Geothe
Instead of harming the entire eco-system of our planet, we can make a better choice and repel bugs with natural, therapeutic grade essential oils (some will kill them unfortunately). You can purchase a glass spray bottle and fill it with pure water and add a few drops of essential oil to spray around the home, your plants inside as well as outside, your pets, your car, etc. (I recommend 10 drops to 2 oz water.) The following is a list of specific oils to eliminate bugs:
- Ants — Peppermint and Spearmint
- Aphids — Cedarwood, Hyssop, Peppermint, Spearmint
- Beetles — Peppermint and Thyme
- Caterpillars — Spearmint and Peppermint
- Chiggers — Lavender, Lemongrass, Sage, Thyme
- Cutworm — Thyme, Sage
- Fleas — Peppermint, Lemongrass, Spearmint, Lavender
- Flies — Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage
- Gnats — Patchouli, Spearmint
- Lice — Cedarwood, Peppermint, Spearmint
- Mosquitoes — Lavender, Lemongrass
- Moths — Cedarwood, Hyssop, Lavender, Peppermint, Spearmint
- Plant Lice — Peppermint, Spearmint
- Slugs — Cedarwood, Hyssop, Pine
- Snails — Cedarwood, Pine, Patchouli
- Spiders — Peppermint, Spearmint
- Ticks — Lavender, Lemongrass, Sage, Thyme
- Weevils — Cedarwood, Patchouli, Sandalwood
If you are bitten by red ants, stung by wasps or bees, Purification™ is an essential oil blend which will neutralize the venom immediately and reduce the swelling.
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Don't expect the same results unless you are using Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ Essential Oils and supplements. Also each person is unique and different in chemistry and toxicity levels, as well as emotionally and spiritually, so an oil that is suggested for an issue may not work as well as another. If a change is not apparent within three minutes, try another oil. ♥