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How to Use Essential Oils as Safe and Natural Mosquito Repellents

How to Use Essential Oils as Safe and Natural Mosquito RepellentsIf you’re tired of mosquitoes, but don’t want to use DEET or other chemicals to keep them away, you might have resigned yourself to just running the risk of the diseases they carry or else staying inside altogether. However, there are plenty of natural insect repellents that can provide you with the protection you want from mosquitoes, without using those dangerous chemicals that are so harmful to the environment, to you, and to your children and pets. These methods will drive the mosquitoes as far away from you as they can fly, protecting you from those annoying, itchy bug bites as well as the risk of West Nile Disease. The best natural remedies to mosquitoes involve essential oils, and can be mixed into a spray, a soap, or a salve that you dab on your skin or clothing before going outdoors.

Natural insect repellents can be mixed together in minutes, and they work beautifully. These usually involve a mixture of essential oils, which you can buy in any health food store. The first option is a repellent soap that you can wash with before and after spending time outdoors, to keep the mosquitoes away from your body. Mix in 10-15 drops of lemon balm (citronella), pennyroyal, lavender, and rose geranium to each ounce of liquid Castile soap, and you’ll have a wonderful smelling soap that will keep mosquitoes far away from you.

For your pets, you have a number of great choices. A drop of rose geranium on your dog or cat’s collar each week will repel ticks, a much healthier (and cheaper) option than flea and tick chemicals! You can also make a mixture of essential oils and/or herbs with a fruit- or nut-oil carrier to make a mixture that you can dab on your skin or on your children or pet’s skin or fur.

Another great alternative requires 10-25 drops of essential oil, such as lavender, rose geranium, coriander seeds, peppermint, cajeput, and/or citronella with 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and a tablespoon of aloe vera gel. You combine these ingredients in a glass jar and just dab a few drops on your skin or clothing, and the mosquitoes will fly away from you instead of towards you.

If you don’t want to take the time to mix up your own concoctions, there are many ready-made herbal insect repellents available either online or in your health food store. When shopping for these, you’ll want to look for words like “herbal,” “all-natural,” “DEET-free,” “non-chemical,” or “non-toxic.” Looking for the word hypoallergenic is also a great idea.

Just because you want to keep mosquitoes away without using dangerous chemicals doesn’t mean you need to keep yourself cooped up indoors. Nor is it a reason to just take your chances and hope that you don’t contract West Nile. These simple but effective home recipes are all made using natural ingredients that won’t harm you, your children, or your pets. They will, however, keep the mosquitoes away so you can enjoy your time in the outdoors without worrying about dangerous infections.

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Common TMJ disorder symptoms

If you’ve ever been unfortunate enough to have suffered with jaw pain such as TMJ disorders then you won’t need anybody to tell you just how painful and uncomfortable it can make life on a day to day basis. TMD (Temporomandibular Joint disorder) is actually pretty common and occurs due to problems with the jaw joints, the jaw, and other surrounding muscles in the face. The TMJ is actually a hinge joint which connects a person’s lower jaw, also known as the mandible, to their temporal bone located in the skull just in front of the ears. As mentioned TMJ disorders are pretty common and if you’re worried that you or somebody you know might be suffering with this very condition, here are a few examples of the more common TMJ disorder symptoms.

A headache – Around 80% of all patients that are diagnosed with a TMJ disorder tend to complain of persistent headaches that don’t seem to go away. 40% of these patients also complain of pain within the face which is made even worse when they open and close their mouths.

Odd sounds coming from the jaw or surrounding areas – Another common TMJ disorder symptom is when a person reports hearing odd sounds coming from their jaws or from surrounding facial areas of the jaws. These sounds are often best described as clicking, grinding, crunching, or even popping sounds. These are medically described as crepitus and are extremely common in TMJ disorder patients. One thing worth noting is that there is not always pain and discomfort associated with these sounds as sometimes people hear the noises yet experience no pain, whilst others hear the noises along with increased pain in the jaws.

Pain in the ears – Around 1 in 2 TMJ disorder patients actually report experiencing pain in their ears even though there is no sign of any ear infection or other similar problems. The pain is most commonly reported as being just below or just in front of the ear. There are many times when TMJ disorders are actually misdiagnosed as being an ear infection due to the fact that so many people experience pain in their ears if they’re suffering with a TMJ disorder.

Pain in and limited movement of the jaw – This is perhaps the most common side effect associated with a TMJ disorder and it is also probably the biggest tell-tale sign that a person is actually suffering from a TMJ disorder. If a person is only able to open their jaw slightly before experiencing pain and discomfort then there’s a good chance they’re suffering with TMD.

Dizziness – Dizziness is another common side effect of TMJ disorders that affects around 40% of TMJ disorder sufferers. TMJ patients often report feelings of dizziness, light headedness, an imbalance issues, or even sometimes vertigo. What is interesting to note is that as yet, experts are still not quite sure why TMJ disorders can cause this particular symptom.