How did we get to be so afraid of nature? It is, after all, the life force without which there would be no existence as we know it. Our fear of the dangers that lurk in nature often prevent us from enjoying the restorative experience that a walk in the woods brings.
In order to avoid ticks, red ants, spiders, malicious mosquitoes or other perils of the outdoors, too often, we forfeit our connection to nature. But the dangers are real. In our part of the world we likely won’t die of a snake-bite, but lyme disease and other serious illnesses are a possibility. We do need to take precaution but it doesn’t have to be a toxic bug repellent.
In early June, after weeks of rain, I spent a Saturday photographing the wild flowers on the alvar of the Carden Ranch near Lake Dalrimple, Ontario. Needless to say the swarms of mosquitoes could carry off a good-sized dog! Wearing gloves is not an option when trying to use a camera. What to do? Reach for a strong bug repellent?
Many repellents as well as sunscreen products contain toxic ingredients that can do more harm than good. Unwittingly we lather this stuff on ourselves and our children believing we are being responsible adults, but in truth, we are putting ourselves and our families at risk. The good news is that there is a natural way of protecting ourselves from harmful insects and a compromised ozone layer.
For the outing to the Carden Ranch my friend and I rubbed our exposed skin with eucalyptus essential oil. Essential oils are nature’s way of protecting us against potential harm. When used correctly they are amazing remedies. https://susanneeden.com/essential-oil-101/
Citronella has long been recognized as a way of keeping wasps and other greedy little creatures away from the picnic table. Some commercial products using citronella work and some don’t depending on the quantity and quality of the citronella used. Citronella essential oil from a reputable company such as Young Living, does not come cheap, but it provides amazing protection from insects. Other oils I use as bug repellent:
- You can find recipes for a variety of natural remedies on Printerest. Just go exploring!
If you do get tormented by mosquito bites or other insect bits, try tea tree oil, lavender or clove oil to relief the itch.
Something to Think About
It’s true that some wines improve with age, but only if the grapes were good in the first place! Abigail Van Buren
How did we get to be so afraid of nature? It is, after all, the life force without which there would be no existence as we know it. Our fear of the dangers that lurk in nature often prevent us from enjoying the restorative experience that a walk in the woods brings. In order to…