Summer Solstice 2015 Herbs & Essential Oil DIY Project from The Walden Moon | Lifestyle by Kelly Walden

For this Summer Solstice 2015 I’ve got three Herbs and Essential Oil recipes for you!!! Please on your own time review the warning and caution signs on the essential oils before using!

The Summer Solstice is a time when the days become long and the nights become short. It is also a time when we spend most of our days outside. And that means…bugs and sun. For this summer solstice 2015 DIY project I will be showing you how to make:

  • Bug Spray
  • Bug Itch Spray
  • Anti-aging Serum

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Recipe for Lemon Balm Bug Spray source

Ingredients and Supplies:

  • Handful of fresh Lemon Balm
  • Handful of fresh Mint (I used spearmint)
  • Handful of basil
  • Handful of catnip
  • Witch Hazel (one bottle)
  • 1-2 drops of Basil Essential oil
  • 1-2 drops of Citronella Essential Oil (I used citronella java)
  • 1-2 drops of Lemongrass or Lemon Eucalyptus Essential oil (I used both)
  • Distilled Water
  • Dark glass Spray bottle (I used a four oz glass bottle)

Directions:

Place the fresh herbs into a glass jar with a bottle of witch hazel and place in a dark and dry place in your house. Let the witch hazel extract the fresh herbs for one to two weeks.

Once you have let the fresh herbs extract in the witch hazel for a week or two…you are now ready to make the Lemon Balm Bug Spray. To a four oz bottle fill it up half way with the witch hazel herb base, fill the second half with the distilled water and then add your drops of essential oils. Shake and spray.

Fresh Herb Leaves from left to right: Basil, Catnip, Lemon Balm, and Spearmint.   

Witch Hazel extracting the fresh herbs.

Essential oils used for this Lemon Balm Bug Spray.

Overall this really did keep the mosquitos away!! I’m not sure if it keeps gnats away…will have to use it again to be sure! One thing I do recommend though…if you are camping…try really hard to keep the bugs out of the tent (even spiders)…because while you are sleeping you can’t reapply in your sleep to keep from being bitten.

Another thing I’m going to try in the future is vanilla and water…something my Grandma came up with…I’ll let you know the recipe and if it works!

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Recipe for Bug Itch Spray for Sandflies and Mosquitos

source The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood

Ingredients and Supplies:

  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • 10 drops of Lavender
  • 10 drops of Eucalyptus
  • 10 drops of Thyme (I used Red Thyme)
  • 1 oz dark glass spray bottle

Directions:

Add your drops of essential oils (lavender, eucalyptus, and thyme) into the glass spray bottle. Fill up the rest of the bottle with the sweet almond oil. Shake and spray on bites.

Ingredients and supplies for Bug Itch Spray.

This really works well for sandfly and mosquito bites…My sister tried it on some ant bites and it didn’t work as well.  <—-update she reported back and said that about an hour later after she put it on she forgot the ant bites were there…so I guess it’s not so much for instant relief…but it does work!

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Recipe for Anti-Aging Serum source

Ingredients and Supplies:

(modified for a two oz bottle)

  • Sweet Almond Oil (or jojoba oil)
  • 4 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops Frankincense essential oil
  • 4 drops Rose essential oil (I used Rose Absolute in jojoba oil)
  • 4 drops Helichrysum essential oil (I used Helichrysum in jojoba oil)
  • 4 drops Sandalwood oil (I used Sandalwood in jojoba oil)
  • 4 drops Geranium essential oil
  • 2 oz dark glass bottle

Directions:

Add all the essential oils into the dark glass bottle and fill up the rest of the bottle with the sweet almond (or jojoba oil). Shake before each use.

Ingredients and supplies for the Anti-Aging Serum.

Overall time will tell if it really works…. 🙂 I will say though, the Geranium does not smell good! hahaha. But it feels good when you apply the serum to your face! It’s moisturizing.

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For the sake of not making this post too long…I’ll end it here but will come back later with the benefits of the essential oils used in these recipes.

Until then…have a pretty Summer Solstice!

Love,

Kelly

July 2015 Calendar | The Walden Moon | Lifestyle by Kelly walden

The Walden Moon | Lifestyle Kelly Walden Calendar July 2015

or click here… July2015_thewaldenmoon_kellywalden_thunder

So here is to prepare you for the following month! Something neat to notice about July 2015 is that there will be two FULL MOONS in the Month!!!

Important dates to remember…

July 1st, 2015

Full Moon in Capricorn

July 8th, 2015

Last Quarter moon in Aires

July 16th, 2015

New Moon in Leo

July 24th, 2015

First Quarter Moon in Scorpio

July 31st, 2015

Full moon AKA “Blue Moon” in Capricorn

Briefly…

For this upcoming July 2015’s first FULL MOON we will be celebrating the “Thunder Moon” aka the “Buck Moon”. Small facts from your Farmer’s Almanac…the reason why the July Full Moon is called the “Thunder Moon” is because there are a lot of thunder storms that happen in July…seems appropriate since we are focusing on the Earth element WATER for the summer! Another term used for the July Full Moon is the “Buck Moon”…because this is the time when deers grow new antlers…facts for the friends who love animals!

Stay tuned for the Full Moon material for July’s Full Moons.

SUMMER SOLSTICE | The Big Reveal. The Walden Moon | Lifestyle of Kelly Walden

The Walden Moon | Lifestyle by Kelly Walden

Current Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent in Leo

So here we are…on the longest day of the year…the day that marks the first day of Summer…when then days become long and the nights become short…the sun is in command and at its highest…and we can now begin to focus on the Earth element of WATER!

“Water is the principle of nurturance and protection. Outwardly, its spirit is one of warmth: inwardly, of imagination and intuition. With its penetrating, sensitive quality, water’s prime function is to feel.” – Steven Forrest The Inner Sky

I’m happy to announce my website and blog on this day and share a multitude of things!! Ready to feel some good things!? Here are easy links (some still waiting for posts):

Full Moon

Moon Phases

Four Seasons

Calendars & Lists

Herbs & Essential Oils

Recipes & Menus

Also in the tool bar you can read my bio, contact, and see my artwork (photography, illustrations, and mono printmaking)

So here is a brief overview of what you will find here…

The moon in many ways is quite magical. Beaming down bright. Waning. Hiding. Waxing. Beaming down bright. Waning. Hiding. Waxing. Turning the tides. The ebb and flow of life. Not only is it magical in the way that it exists…it is also magical in the way that it can help you cultivate a life of beauty and self-acceptance…with the combination of the solstices and equinoxes you can use these natural happenings as a guideline…a natural time clock to guide you and make your life just as magical.

So how do you use the moon and seasons? By using the four main moon phases (there are actually eight) and the four seasons, to set a natural time clock, you can create deadlines to getting stuff done…four squared.  Have you ever wanted to learn to surf? Or maybe you wanted to clean out the attic? Have you let the procrastination ghost sneak up on you too often?

Well hopefully I can share some good things to help inspire your life. Because who doesn’t want a beautiful life and a feeling of self acceptance and accomplishment?

Some things I hope to share:

  • Printable monthly calendars and lists (of all kinds), because list making and planning are the key visual that you’re getting stuff done.
  • Quarterly DIY projects to go along with the seasons.
  • Tidbits about herbs and essential oils.
  • Recipes.
  • A theme for each full moon with worksheets to go along.
  • And whatever I find interesting and worthwhile to share.

Use the easy links above to find and explore with…I’ll try my best to prepare in advance for things that are coming up…

For instance I’ll be sharing a July 2015 Calendar in my next post…you’ll be happy to notice that the first FULL MOON falls on the first day of July this year…and within that same month a second FULL MOON aka “BLUE MOON” will pop up on the last day of July…so some big things can happen this JULY 2015….so get ready!

At every NEW MOON post I hope to prepare you for the FULL MOON that follows…

Without further ado….here we go!

Love, Kelly