I smelled like the combination of an aroma touch therapist and a camp counselor. I dipped my fingers into my homemade concoction of bug repellent essential oils and continued rubbing my arms, legs and especially my ankles. Why do mosquitoes love biting ankles? I finished with my secret weapon.
Armed with a small case of essential oils, I had a perfect blend to specifically repel bugs. I was ready. Look out you Belizean mosquitoes. You are no match for this oily Coloradan girl.
As I slid and slipped my way out of our jungle cabana (an unfortunate side effect of my beloved oil), my friend followed behind me. Despite the fact that he was raised by a mother who is an expert in, well…everything (including essential oils), he opted for the more conventional bug fighting method.
Oh…and he tried to convince me to take anti-malaria pills before we even left Texas. Me? Take a heavy hitting anti-biotic engineered powerhouse pill? I bug to differ. I don’t even take Tylenol for headaches. The side effects of the anti-malaria pills were so bad that even he stopped. After just one day on the pills, he felt dizzy, nauseous and like his body was “cooking from the inside out.” Yeah. Not exactly selling me on the meds.
We walked through the trees to the front of the resort and jumped on the back of a trailer. Our local guide fired up an old blue diesel tractor and pulled our trailer deeper into the forest. As mud flew off the large tractor wheels and covered me from head to toe, I couldn’t help but think about the conversation my friend and I had before we left Houston.
It is said that what you focus on grows. Albert Einstein explained this as “thoughts become things.” My mom knew this. Even before she read any of Deepak Chopra’s books. Or moved to “hippie” Boulder, Colorado. My mom realized that conscious thoughts play a huge role in shaping our lives. “Always listen to your little voice,” she used to tell me. When I am truly quiet, I can hear it. I can hear her. And I know I am on the right path.
In the weeks leading up to our Belize trip, I didn’t want to think about mosquitoes. I didn’t want my thoughts to become a magnet of fear that drew them to me. Instead, I focused on health. Vibrant well being. Adventure. I told my friend my plan. Oils. And good thoughts. And of course my daily dose of sulfur. Mosquitoes just hate the taste of blood with a little sulfur in it!
When we landed in Belize, my friend was willing to try my oils, but his thoughts still wandered. Our conversations sounded like this:
Customs Agent: “Welcome to Belize. Passport please. What is the purpose of your stay?”
Kristyn: “Vacation. Cave tubing. Snorkeling. Have you visited the ruins? Are they nice?”
My Friend: “How bad are the mosquitoes?”
Once inside our shuttle to the jungle resort, we continued:
Driver: “Welcome to Belize. Is this your first time here?”
Kristyn: “Yes! We are going to do the cave adventures, but do you recommend visiting the Mayan ruins as well?”
My Friend: “How bad are the mosquitoes?”
And so it was, with our sixteen essential oils, two mindsets and one bottle of deet, we set off to explore Belize. We walked through a rainstorm in the jungle. We floated seven miles through underground caves. We killed a five-inch long scorpion in our room. Ok…fine…my friend killed the scorpion. But I handed him the shoe! We never found the rat that pooped on our beds. And yes, we did end up visiting the Mayan ruins.
What are you thinking about this week?
"Thoughts become things..."
After six nights of jungle and beach, we left Belize with a smile, a few bug bites and no malaria. I think we did just fine.
What are you thinking about this week? I always tell my clients to ask questions that they actually want the answer to. Instead of asking, “Why does this always happen to me?!” when something goes wrong, ask instead, “What can I do to make this better?”
Sending you happy thoughts,
Essential Oil Bug Repellent
- 2 tablespoons carrier oil (coconut oil or jojoba oil)
- 5 drops each of lemon, eucalyptus, clove, tea tree and lavender essential oils