One of the positives to emerge in 2020 is the increased desire to holiday outdoors; there’s been a dramatic increase in campsite bookings and sales of camping gear. It appears we’re doing it in style too, with portable fire pits, luxury air mattresses, and beautiful candlelight on our shopping list.
With social distancing in place we can revel in the joys of Covid-safe camping and the many health benefits of the great outdoors. But before you rush for your rucksack, let me lend a hand with a natural wayto keep the bugs at bay.
NATURAL BUG REPELLANT
Bug bites can be painful and dangerous . Instead of covering your body in a chemical laden commercial product why not make your own chemical free, cruelty free, all natural bug repellant .
Here’s what you need to do :
Take a 200ml empty spray bottle, add 100ml Witch Hazel, 100ml Apple Cider Vinegar and 40 drops of essential oils – choose from Eucalyptus, Lemongrass , Citronella and Tea Tree.
Spray the blend onto your skin avoiding eyes and mouth and reapply every hour, this combination of oils should keep you protected against the majority of bugs. This spray also nourishes the skin thanks to the powerful properties it contains ; Witch Hazel is proven to ease sunburn, acne, psoriasis and eczema. Apple Cider Vinegar restores the skin to the correct PH balance. Lemongrass and Eucalyptus particularly keep mosquitos at bay. If you want to stop wasps from bothering you – combine clove, geranium and lemongrass. It’s amazing how nature provides the answers to nature’s own bothersome bugs.
THE HEALTH WINS OF BEING OUTDOORS
In lockdown, many of us have spent 90% of our time indoors and some people shielding have spent 100% of their time stuck inside . So let’s look at the health benefits of getting outdoors :
1. Vitamin D is served straight to you after 15 mins in the sun. It’s one of the most common vitamin deficiencies yet easily fixed – your body converts sunlight into chemicals that turn into Vitamin D . Researchers at Trinity College Dublin and University of Liverpool are also showing a strong link between Vitamin D deficiency and poorer Covid 19 outcomes .
2. S.A.D is seasonal Affective Disorder, a type of depression and scientists and doctors tell us that exposure to natural light reduces the chance for S.A.D. to strike.
3. Fresh Air in abundance! no stuffy ventilation, no irritating air-con , no breathing in stale air .
4. Boosts creativity and eases anxiety . Studies show being outdoors can increase overall feelings of wellness and get the creative juices going. That’s why “walking meetings” have become more and more popular.
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So there you have it, grab your ruck- sack, or just wander into your garden or local park
The great outdoors is calling you, make sure you accept the invite!
FOR SOME PEOPLE
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
IS THE DISTANCE
THE FRONT DOOR
A CAR DOOR
14th August 2020