By Sandra Miller February 5, 2016
The Zika Virus Found In U.S
Another virus has reared it’s ugly head and it has made it’s way to America. This one is know as Zika. Of great concern are these tiny but brazen little mosquitos wreaking havoc in several places including my beautiful state of Florida. They are said to have no buzz and even no sting, but have a lethal bite if you should be one of it’s unsuspecting victims. If you are pregnant, there is great cause for alarm as the mosquito is said to carry a virus that is likely tied to several defects in the unborn baby.
According to WebMD, doctors in Brazil made an alarming discovery as they noticed that the brains of the unborn babies were not keeping up with the rest of their growth. An enlarged inner chamber in the brain was noted and appeared deformed and the doctors determined that this was a condition known as “microencephaly”. This condition also leaves lesions that appear “calcified” on the brains of the unborn babies. Dr. Adriana Melo, MD, PhD, an obstetrician and fetal medicine specialist says “at first it appeared as a genetic issue but the calcifications usually suggest infection.”
Doctors at first thought vaccines to be the cause but, last July, Zika virus had been spreading . Even her adult patients were complaining of achy joints, pain and fever.
After drawing some samples, Dr. Melo made the connection. This is a very dangerous virus we are dealing with. Microencephaly can be fatal or result in miscarriage or stillbirth. The virus has shown up here in America and recently, in several Florida counties. Hillsborough county is not that far away from where I live. Our mild winters make us a breeding ground.
We have seen a case in Texas where a man contracted Zika through sexual contact. His partner had recently been out of the country. The WHO (World Health Organization ) http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/zika/en/ claims a high level of concern and predicts that 3 to 4 million people could be infected with the virus in 2016 alone. The virus has been noted after travel to the Caribbean and Central and South America. There is talk that it has already tainted our blood supply as well.
A travel warning had been issued by the CDC for over 25 different countries. More than 4,000 babies have been infected since May of 2015.
SYMPTOMS OF ZIKA
Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
It is said that may people will be without symptoms or, may not connect the dots. If you are pregnant you should take precautions to keep the majority of your body covered at all times when traveling to the countries where Zika has been shown to exist. Including travel to Texas and Florida. For my FREE REPORT on essential oils that have mosquito repelling properties
Essential Oils have been proven safe to most people. Pregnant women should always seek the advice of their doctor before using natural remedies of any kind. Some oils are contraindicated for use in or on the body in pregnancy so pregnant women should always check with their Obstetricians. For those, you can use a diffuser or a spray for your clothing. Most every essential oil is safe for children at certain strengths and below I have prepared a list of oil that are typically used to ward off pests such as mosquitos in a safe and natural way, without the use of DEET.
HOME MADE BUG REPELLANT
In a small glass spray bottle, combine the following:
1 oz. distilled water.
1 oz. vegetable glycerine
1 tsp. soybean oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil (must be liquid at room temperature)
Lemongrass oil 4 drops
Citronella 8 drops
Rosemary, Thyme or Wintergreen ( optional) / 3 drops of whichever you choose.
1/2 tsp. Bragg’s Apple cider vinegar or similar (Thrive Market)
Cedarwood 6 drops
Peppermint 4 drops
I have a resource list below for oils. Any essential oil or blend can also be diffused in the home. Use several for large outdoor patio areas.
If you are in an area that we know has seen the virus, additionally protect yourself by eating garlic and adding apple cider vinegar ( 1 tsp. to 3 oz water) and drinking the mixture just before being outdoors. Some people use an additional dose of B vitamins but I have never tried this myself so I cannot attest to it’s efficacy. This mixture is also good for ants, black flies, ticks and can be used as an overall pest repellant for dogs.
According to the THE FARMERS ALMANAC “female mosquitoes prefer to bite ankles and wrists, where blood vessels are nearer to the skin’s surface.” It makes sense to apply extra oil or mix repellent with 1/2 tsp of coconut oil before you rub on the body to adhere the mixture to those areas best. Of course, covering up is always important as well.
For anyone not wanting to make their own repellant, I have tried a store bought product that works great. It’s called HERBAL ARMOUR and you can get it THRIVE MARKET. This product sells in my local organic food store for about $9 and it’s about half of that at Thrive Market right now.
In fact, you can get most of your healthy products from THRIVE for a discount. Shop from the comfort of your own home. Thrive Market is going to be PRIVATE LABELING some products this year and that will save you so much money, you will think you shopped at the dollar store. The difference is that these products are all brand name products you are already using. They plan to crush the competition (Whole Foods).
If you are new to THRIVE MARKET, check out the products they have and grab your membership while it remains at it’s low price. I can bet they will save you a ton of money on groceries every month.
HERE ARE A FEW MORE RESOURCES for making your own.
THE CRUNCHY CHRONICLES posted a spray she uses on her dogs. All of the sprays I share can be used in place of flea, tick and heartworm preventatives as well. Commercial products are extremely risky and toxic to your dogs.
And here is another:
For Oils and other supplies check out my resource lists below!
I recommend using only GLASS spray bottles to avert chemical. They are cheap and can be reused to make things like linen sprays or rug sprays to further prevent pests in your pets bed or even your own.
Also, remember to eliminate all sources of standing water from your yard to eliminate breeding grounds. The weather has not been as frigid in many states and mosquitos may be thriving in warmer climates.