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3 Ways to Use Essential Oils to Get Rid of Moths

You’ve found the perfect sweater. Its color and fit are flawless. Each time you wear it, it’s like being wrapped in a warm, grounding hug.  

You take care when you wash your sweater, making certain not to shrink or warp the fabric.  

Then one autumn, after a long, hot summer, you slip into your sweater to be met by a series of holes compliments of a nesting moth.

And just like that, your sweater is ruined.  

Unless....

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3 Ways to Use Essential Oils to Get Rid of Moths

Clothes moths are so tiny that you may not ever see them. They can be such pests. They nest in your nicest clothes, usually the wools, silks and cashmere pieces because they contain keratin that provides nutrients to the larvae (yum). So when the larvae hatch from their soft little cashmere nest, the first thing they do is set off to munch away. And they have a voracious appetite. 

Moth balls are an obvious solution, they offer protection but there is a high cost for this protection. Moth balls smell terrible. Think back to grandmas attic. The smell is horrible and off-putting because moth balls emit toxic vapors to get rid of the moths. Vapors that can be extremely harmful to humans and pets (have you ever read the back of one of those packages- it's scary!). 

Luckily there are essential oils that can help us get rid of moths in a fragrant and natural manner. 

When it comes to repellent moths, there are many essential oils that will achieve this end goal, but my favorites to use are lavender and lemon. 

Lavender and lemon essential oils compliment each other beautifully and they get the job done when it comes to effectively repelling months. Moths are highly sensitive and can’t tolerate the aroma of  lavender or lemon.

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 ***Important note, lavender and lemon essential oil won’t kill moths and moth larvae, it will only repel them. You’ll want to make sure that you don’t have any preexisting "friends" hiding in your clothes. If you find them cedar essential oil will kill the larvae and moths. 

3 Ways to Use Essential Oils to Get Rid of Moths:

1) Make a spray! Mix lavender and lemon essential oil in a spray bottle (50% water and 50% lavender and lemon essential oils in equal portions).  Lightly mist your clothes. This doesn’t work well in humid closets! Only use in dry aerated closet or drawer environments. 

2) Drop lavender and lemon essential oil in the corners of your closet once a week. 10 drops of both lavender and lemon in each corner should do the trick. Replenish weekly. 

3) Douse an old scarf, tie or sock with lavender and lemon essential oil. Apply about 20 drops of each. Tie the scarf, sock or tie to the closet rod. Replenish each week. 

 You always have the option of using lavender and lemon rind sachets as well. You can replenish them by dropping lavender and lemon essential oil on them to boost the aroma. 

* Note, all of the above methods can work in a drawer too. Make sure that drawers are fully dry before you close them.  

For other tips on using essential oils to get rid of pest, visit my post 3 NATURAL AND ORGANIC WAYS TO KEEP SPIDERS AND CENTIPEDES OUT OF YOUR HOME!

DIY Natural Ear Wax Removal

Ears are complex. Delicate and finicky, they are so tricky!

Having been a child with chronic inner ear infections and regular bouts of swimmers ear, I speak from experience. 

Now, as an adult, though my ear infection days are behind me, I do suffer from ear congestion due to wax build up. 

It’s so frustrating.

It always happens in the spring, when my seasonal allergies start to kick in. My ears begin to feel heavy and clogged. It’s hard to hear. I’m constantly searching for a yawn to pop my ears for a moment of clarity.  

It's awful!

So... what is a girl to do?

I've had my ears flushed, I've used over the counter solutions such as Debrox, but at the end of the day, my favorite form of relief is one that I can make myself.

DIY natural ear wax removal is always an option!

 When my ears start to rebel, I arm myself with this simple and effective DIY ear wax removal solution. 

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Here’s what you’ll need: 

Apple Cider Vinegar  

Purified water

Tea-tree essential oil

2 ounce amber jar with a dropper top

Here’s What to Do: 

1) Fill your jar half way with the purified water

2) Add ten drops of tea tree essential oil

3) Fill the remainder of your bottle with apple cider vinegar  

4) Cap and shake  

To use: 

1)  Lay on one side and using the dropper top, fill your ear (2 dropper fulls approx) with the solution.

2) Lay on your side for 5 minutes to let the solution get into the ear canal to soften the wax. 

3) After 5 minutes, return to an upright position, holding a clean washcloth to your ear, tilt your head to the side to collect drainage.  

Repeat up to three times a day if needed.  

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Easy as one. two. three!

Disclaimer: I am NOT a doctor or medical professional. It is always recommended to consult a physicians advice before attempting a home remedy. 

An Easy Anti-Aging Serum You Can Make At Home

Time catches up with us all at one point or another. It's the prize we get for living full and fruitful lives. Remember, laugh lines mean you've had the privilege of much laughter and joy. 

Sometimes time makes an appearance in the form of an ache or a pain and at others with a gray hair or a reflection that you may not at first recognize.

Luckily, nature has provided us with some amazing tools to counteract the signs of aging. 

In this post, I'm sharing with you an easy anti-aging serum you can make at home.

This recipe is SIMPLE! You can't mess it up.

The two key ingredients are powerful in an of themselves and combined, form an unstoppable force to counteract the signs of aging the natural way.

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I'll start with the ingredients for this easy anti-aging serum you can make at home!

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Here's What you'll need:

2 oz Tamanu Oil 

10 drops Frankincense Essential Oil (diluted in Jojoba is fine, just up the drops to 15)

5 drops Lavender Essential Oil

 

A few notes about the key ingredients-

Tamanu Oil is pure magic! You can learn more about it by clicking HERE.

Frankincense Essential Oil has been heralded for thousands of years for it's anti-aging properties. The Ancient Egyptians used Frankincense in their beauty preparations. They even used it as a preservative in mummification. Frankincense is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, encourages cellular regeneration, has been said to slow the production of tumors, is immune enhancing, elevates the mood and reduces the signs of wrinkles, dark spots and scars. 

TAMANU + FRANKINCENSE = POWER!

here's what you need to do:

  1. Measure out your Tamanu Oil
  2. Add your essential oils
  3. Swirl the liquid to mix
  4. Use a funnel to pour your mixture into your bottle of choice

      * Makes about an ounce at a time

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There you have it, an easy anti-aging serum you can make at home!

A little bit goes a long way! Seriously!!!!!

All you need is a pea sized amount. Rub the serum into your skin. It will absorb quickly without leaving a greasy sheen. 

As always, avoid your eyes and mouth. Tamanu oil has a bitter taste, so you'll want to keep it from around your lips. I've definitely made that mistake before (yuck!)

Use in the morning and before bed after washing your face or applying a toner. You can put moisturizer or a sunblock over it. 

So...have you tried it? What do you think???