As a child, I always played hide-and-seek in the woods behind my house. I would even hide in the overgrown grass at the abandoned house next door. All the kids did the same and we never thought twice about ticks or any other insects. Today, circumstances are much different. Lyme Disease is running rampant as one of the fastest growing infectious diseases in the United States and Western Europe. Researchers astonishingly found that Lyme disease incidence increased by about 80% between 1993 and 2007!
Over 329,00 people are diagnosed with Lyme Disease every single year! That is more than hepatitis C, HIV, colon cancer, and breast cancer. If left untreated, Lyme can become a severely debilitating illness affecting multiple organs including joints, heart, brain and other parts of the central nervous system. (Source: Global Lyme Alliance)
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(Chart Source: EPA.Gov)
What Exactly Is Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia Burgdorferi, which is transmitted through the bite of an infected tick (or other insect. I explain more about this below). Lyme Disease is both a puzzling and multi-faceted illness. It presents itself in multiple different ways and sometimes presents no symptoms at all. Lyme can attack virtually any system in the body.
Some of the first symptoms may include a flu-like condition with fever, chills, headache, stiff neck, aches, and fatigue. Other symptoms can include pain in various joints and muscles, neurological problems, heart involvement, problems with vision or hearing, migraines, and low-grade fever. The hallmark bull’s-eye rash actually only presents itself in half of Lyme Disease cases. (Source: Global Lyme Alliance)
The most troubling thing about the disease is that Lyme Disease is known as the “Great Imitator” because it can mimic hundreds of other conditions such as multiple sclerosis, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome or even lupus. Symptoms may also come and go, making diagnosis even more complicated.
Many Insects Can Carry Lyme Disease
One main reason why Lyme Disease is on the rise could be in part to the fact that it’s not only ticks that carry the disease. Lyme was discovered only 30 years ago, and is still in its “research” infancy stages. What was once believed to only be carried by the deer tick, is now believed by many LLMD’s (Lyme Literate MD’s) to be carried by all biting insects. Ticks, mosquitoes, biting flies and more live everywhere, even our own backyards. It is also believed to be passed congenitally. If your mother was a carrier, you can be born with it. It is also thought to be transmitted sexually and possibly through all bodily fluids and blood transfusions.
How To Prepare For Tick Season With Essential Oils
Since we now know that not only ticks, but other insects like mosquitoes and flies can carry and transmit Lyme Disease, we are going to cover the most effective essential oils that will keep these pests away. Essential oils are not FDA approved and not intended to prevent, treat or cure illness.
Oil Safety Tip: Remember that essential oils are amazing and powerful. Many of these blends should be diluted with a carrier oil like jojoba oil, almond oil or witch hazel or vegetable glycerin before applying to skin. They would work best in a roller ball that you can apply liberally between the shoulder blades. If you are using these blends on children, always make sure each specific oil is safe for the age of your child before use.
Bug Blend #1
- 10 drops Lemongrass
- 5 drops Eucalyptus
- 2 drops Citronella
- 2 TBS Carrier Oil (jojoba oil, almond oil, witch hazel, etc.)
Bug Blend #2
- 10 drops Rosemary
- 5 drops Cedarwood
- 2 drops Cinnamon
- 2 TBS Carrier Oil (jojoba oil, almond, witch hazel etc.)
Bug Blend #3
Premium Bug Blend #4 ( Posted in the DIY Natural Bug Spray With Essential Oils)
• 1/4 cup witch hazel
• 1/2 teaspoon liquid vegetable glycerin
• 5 drops each of these essential oils: rosemary, citronella, lavender, clove, peppermint, and Young Living Purification Blend.
• 1/4 cup water
• Glass spray bottle
HOW TO MAKE IT
- Fill spray bottle half full with water
- Add witch hazel to fill almost to the top (I like Humphrey’s Witch Hazel)
- Add 1/2 tsp vegetable glycerin
- Add 10 drops rosemary, 10 drops citronella, 10 drops lavender, 10 drops peppermint and 10 drops Young Living Purification Blend.
With these natural blends, you and your family can enjoy the great outdoors without the constant worry of what bugs may come your way and cause you problems.
What is your all-time favorite outdoor activity?
Love & Light,