Natural Bug Spray

We are deep into summertime!

It’s time for picnics! Grilling! Fireworks! Outdoor fun! It’s the time of the year for BBQ’s, bonfires, camping, hiking, lounging in the grass, and bugs.

Lots and lots of bugs.

Who wants bug bites to ruin a good time? Not me.

Not only do I NOT want bug bites, I also do NOT want DEET. Yuck. I like my skin and I want to treat it well!

I would love to share with you a natural insect repellent recipe. I originally made this bug spray when a friend of mine requested it. She likes to enjoy a glass of wine on her patio in the evening, but bugs were preventing her bliss.


It worked and she is able to drink her wine, bug bite free!

This bug spray is natural, smells good, and it is darn effective. Forget about all those sprays with nasty chemicals.

Make your own!
The magical ingredients:

4 drops of lavender essential oil –
Lavender essential oil reduces inflammation, tones skin, and balances oil production. It is an antibacterial and antiseptic. Lavender is good for all skin types. It promotes healing in various skin issues from acne to burns.

8 drops of lemongrass essential oil –
Lemongrass is a key component in this natural bug spray. Notice we use more of it than the other oils? Bugs just don’t like it. I love the smell of lemongrass myself. It adds a great aroma and it is antibacterial, antimicrobial and an insecticidal.

4 drops of peppermint essential oil –
Peppermint essential oil soothes itching. It is refreshing and stimulating. Bugs stay away from peppermint.

4 drops of thyme essential oil –
Thyme also repels bugs effectively. It has anti-aging, antifungal, antimicrobial and antiviral properties.

1 tbsp of witch hazel –
Witch Hazel is amazing. I’ve used it before to heal red ant bites. Within a day, the inflammation went down and the bites were reduced to almost nothing. Witch hazel has antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, astringent and anesthetic properties.

5 tbsp of coconut oil (carrier oil) –
One of my favorite carrier oils is coconut oil. It feels great on the skin. It does not clog pores and is a great general moisturizer. Coconut oil is beneficial for people with sensitive or inflamed skin conditions. It is soft and light and feels fantastic. It is antibacterial and anti-fungal.

Mix the ingredients and add to a small spray bottle and voila! You have your own natural insect repellent.

If this recipe is too oily for you, use more witch hazel and less coconut oil.
You can also substitute the coconut oil with olive oil.

Re-apply every 2-3 hours.

May your summer be chemical and bug free!

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How to Thrive in Asheville 5 of 5


Today I present to you the last in a series of 5 blog posts on How to Thrive in Asheville-

Did you miss the first 4 tips? No problem. Click below for your Magick Asheville Tips!

Tip #1

Tip #2

Tip #3

Tip #4

5 – Take a vacation. A weekend getaway. Get out of town.

Image-1Seriously. Take a vacation! Take an Asheville break and get out of town. Go away for the weekend. Just a weekend and come back.

How does Asheville feel now? Like home? Home sweet home. There is something very glorious about coming back.

If you are deep in the Asheville blues, take a day trip, a weekend, go home and see family. You will come back appreciating the food, the beer, the scenery.

We live in a postcard. We are super spoiled in some aspects.


See the beauty. Embrace the beauty. Live the beauty. 

My wish for you in all of this is that you have a rekindled your love for our happy healing dream town. And you now have some ideas to keep moving, keep shaking, and freshen up your life.

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How to Thrive in Asheville 4 of 5


Today I present to you the 4th in a series of 5 blog posts on How to Thrive in Asheville-

Missed the 1st 3 tips? No problem! Just click on which tip you would like to read.

Tip #1

Tip #2


4 – Create Daily Success Habits

Asheville is a swirling vortex of energy. I call it Asheville swirling energy syndrome. In a town like this, it is extremely important to be grounded.

A great way to start the day on your feet and feeling grounded is to –

Establish a relentless morning routine. You may grumble at this. I totally get it. I’ve never been a morning person myself. I love my sleep, however I have discovered that if I get up early – that’s my prime magic time. If you had told me 5 years ago that I would be getting up at 4am, I would have said you are a big liar.

However – I do get up at 4am through the week and I love it.

Why? Because –

Well – there are practices that keep me grounded, keep me clear and I’m able to fit them all in when I have my morning routine.

I need me time, solitude. I can have me time in the morning.

I need journaling and reflection time. I can do this in the morning.

I need meditation. I can do this in the morning.

I need to be in my own personal sacred space. This is where I have my morning magic.

Start by just getting up 15 minutes earlier, increase it to 30 minutes, then 45, then an hour. Can you imagine if you had one hour to yourself every morning? It’s like giving yourself a present.

By having an established relentless morning routine I’m able to:

  • practice self-care

  • meditate

  • do my morning pages

(Are you familiar with this therapeutic technique? All you do is grab a notebook and pen upon waking and free write 3 pages. Just brain dump onto the page. I first started doing morning pages when I read “The Artist’s Wayby Julia Cameron. She is an amazing goddess of a woman with plenty of insight to inspire your soul. By practicing morning pages, you will have more clarity, feel more together, and will be able to work through past feelings and emotions that come to the surface.)

  • have time for self reflection

  • have time to organize, get things in order

  • manage my to do list. You should have 2 uber important tasks to accomplish per day.

  • become a master of my time – this is your time to do what you want for yourself.

You could practice yoga, go for a walk, meet a friend for breakfast. ETC. This time is YOURS. 

And then you feel pretty awesome, cause you have already accomplished so much. The rest of the day is a breeze ’cause you started taking care of YOU.

You’ll have more clarity and feel more grounded. And when you feel like that, everything is easier. You are able to handle stress better. You feel more excited for life. You are taking care of yourself. You are ready to rock your world.

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How to Thrive in Asheville 3 of 5


Today I present to you the 3rd in a series of 5 blog posts on How to Thrive in Asheville-

(For tip # 1 – click here. For tip #2 – click here.)

3 – Increase Your Chances of Having Asheville Magical Moments

  • Eat & Explore – check out deals – like 65 cent wing night at Luella’s. (Wednesdays)
  • Go to free events! There are soooo many freebies around here. Street festivals, Downtown after 5, free movie nights, Montford Park Players, fun craft markets, farmers markets,etc.laaff

  • At least once a month, drive around – see what’s new.
  • plan an afternoon downtown or a morning at Malaprops.
  • Take a trolley tour, a walking tour, the Wellness tour, TAKE A TOUR
  • Take advantage of the beauty of where we live. Go sit at the Botanical Gardens. Explore area waterfalls. Take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Get out into nature! Get outside! Hike.Camp. Walk to the top of Max Patch and spin around like you are in The Sound of Music.maxpatch_amyriddle
  • Have a friend come to visit. This helps you revert back to seeing Asheville with fresh eyes again.friends_beer_magickmuse
  • Start a garden. We are able to grow lush, vibrant gardens here. You can grow your own food and make your own medicines! It’s brilliant and all around healthy.

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How to Thrive in Asheville 2 of 5


Today I present to you the 2nd in a series of 5 blog posts-

(For tip # 1 from last week – click here.)

5 Tips From Surviving to Thriving

2 – Find your tribe.

Find your tribe.
What is your tribe? 

Your tribe is your people. The ones that get you. The folks that are cut from the same cloth as you.When you meet them, you may feel like you’ve known them before. There is a connection there that builds your spirit up and gives you the power to be all you can be.

Why is having a tribe important?

  • Acceptance. It feels good to be accepted as you are! Your tribe will accept you for YOU.

  • Support. Your community will provide encouragement, pep talks, hugs, and be there for you.

  • Gratitude. Sharing what you are thankful for with each other builds an unstoppable positive force. 

  • Cheerleading. When you’ve done something awesome, they cheer! Hooray!

  • Healthy Mind, Body, & Spirit. Having like minded folks around lifts yours spirits, this strengthens your brain power! You can partake in yoga, hikes, and “exercise” that normally seems dull and boring – and they make it fun. Exercising your mind and your body automatically heals your spirit.

A tribe is a place where you are loved and accepted unconditionally.

They help you stay aligned with your true nature.

It’s a beautiful thing!

Vibe Tribe

Where do you find your tribe? 

Do you have a tribe? Or are you still searching for your kindred spirits? Here are some suggestions on where you may find your tribe. Think about places you can go in your town where you will find folks with similar interests. 

  1. Meetup Groups

  2. Take a class or workshop that interests you

  3. At the coffee shop you like to hang out at

  4. The bookstore

  5. Facebook Groups

  6. Go to social events in your town

  7. Church or Spiritual Groups 

  8. Through other friends – some of my best friends I’ve met through best friends

  9. At a job

  10. Doing volunteer work

  11. At a yelp event

  12. At your favorite restaurant, bar, or club

  13. At the farmer’s market or your hip local grocery store

You really never know where you will meet your tribe. The key is to set an intention and take the action into finding the folks you connect with.

Do you guys have any ideas on where to meet others like you?

Where do you meet the cool kids? Cause we are cool, right?


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