Today I am thrilled to have Leah from Fabulous Farm Girl here to share her Anti-Monster Spray. I love her version because of the amazing essential oils she uses in it. She has some amazing recipes using essential oils including Bath Fizzies and Honey Mint Lip Balm. Make sure to follow her for more incredible ideas.www.fabulousfarmgirl.com where I show you how to be all-natural and self-sufficient one easy step at a time. You can also find me urban farming over at Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. Come on down and see me sometime.
Sometimes there are monsters in your room. Not always but sometimes. Usually they hide under the bed but the closet is also a favorite hangout as are dark hallways and stairwells. In the house I grew up in there was a monster that lived inside the toilet. It only came out when someone had to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. I never risked it and developed unbelievable bladder control at a very young age. But nowadays kids have it easier due to the life-changing invention of Anti-Monster Spray. Modern technology really is a miracle!
I've seen lots of recipes for anti-monster spray that just use a decorated spray bottle and water. I've heard some witches are afraid of water but monsters definitely are not. Monsters are only afraid of things that help children fall asleep because once a child falls asleep the monster has nothing to do but go home.
One of those sleep-inducing ingredients is lavender essential oil. Monsters hate it because they know lavender is great at helping kids be calm and fall asleep so when they smell it they just give up and leave. It's good to add some witch hazel to repel any witches that might be hanging around plus it helps the essential oil and water stay together. You can go one step further and add a tiny bit of aloe vera gel as it emulsifies the mixture even further. You still need to shake the bottle before use, which will ensure that every spray is filled with monster-repelling lavender.
Lavender EO has been shown to lower cortisol levels in the body. Cortisol is the stress hormone and it should be at it's lowest levels right before sleep but often isn't. And yes, even little kids have stress which is why lavender is a great essential oil to put in your Anti-Monster spray. It's also great to put directly on the bottoms of your feet or the base of your spine because no monster will come near you if you smell like lavender. But lavender essential oil isn't the only smell that monsters hate so if you don't like that smell here are some other options:
Vetiver EO--a natural tranquilizer that may help induce a restful sleep.
Wild Orange EO--natural sedative, calms anxiety, may help with insomnia
Roman Chamomile EO--calming, relaxing, may help with insomnia.
Use these essential oils singly or in any combination you choose. They all smell wonderful but not to monsters. I only use doTERRA but whatever brand you use make sure it's pure enough to take internally and says FOR DIETARY USE on the bottle.
Thankfully, monsters don't seem to be such a nuisance for older kids and adults. But difficulty sleeping plagues everyone at sometime or another so I think it's a good idea to keep a little anti-monster spray around no matter how old you are. A few sprays around the room and on the pillows can help anyone fall asleep before the monsters ever show up.
I also keep a bottle in my bathroom and everyone sprays a little on top of the toilet water before going #2. With a house full of men I've learned that there are some monsters you can smell long after their gone. Anti-monster spray works at repelling them all.
- 1 1/2 cups distilled water
- 1/2 cup witch hazel (not the alcohol-free kind)
- 1/4 tsp. aloe vera gel (optional)
- 20-25 drops lavender essential oil (or one listed above--I use doTERRA)
Combine all ingredients in a 16 ounce spray bottle (I prefer glass). Shake very well to combine. When you think it's done shake some more (about one minute total). Use as necessary to repel monsters.