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Natural remedies for hiking aches, pests, and odors

Love hiking in the great outdoors but not the sore muscles, pests that bite and sting, and the smelly socks that come with your summer treks? You can certainly turn to chemically-laden products to ease your aches, ward off bugs, and freshen up your feet, but we’ve got a few natural remedies for you to consider. In addition to being toxin-free, the following essential oil blends smell amazing, provide instant relief to your hiking and camping maladies, and are easy-to-make cruelty-free concoctions.
Love hiking in the great outdoors but not the sore muscles, pests that bite and sting, and the smelly socks that come with your summer treks? You can certainly turn to chemically-laden products to ease your aches, ward off bugs, and freshen up your feet, but we’ve got a few natural remedies for you to consider. In addition to being toxin-free, the following essential oil blends smell amazing, provide instant relief to your hiking and camping maladies, and are easy-to-make cruelty-free concoctions.

Essential oils to the outdoor rescue

The following natural remedies are provided courtesy of Aura Cacia, a national provider of sustainably produced essential oils.

Natural pest repellent with essential oils

Combine 6 drops lavendar, 6 drops geranium, and 1 ounce grapeseed oil and wear it to ward off bugs.

Natural muscle rub with essential oils

To soothe sore muscles after a long day of hiking, combine 2 drops wintergreen, 2 drops lavender, and 10 drops German chamomile precious oil into your hand and rub on your achy feet and legs.

Natural sunburn relief with essential oils

In a mister bottle, combine 3 ounces distilled water, 1 ounce aloe gel, 18 drops lavender, 4 drops peppermint, and 2 drops spearmint essential oil. Spray onto sunburned skin.

Natural odor eater with essential oils

Freshen up with a combination of 6 drops rose, 3 drops lavender, and 1 drop vanilla. Apply directly to areas of the body, such as feet and underarms, to kill odor-causing bacteria.

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