Oct 17, 2012

Good Lookin' Wednesday

I'm going to try to type quickly and see if I can still get this up on a Wednesday, PST, at least.

So, you know what really hampers being good lookin'? All your pets. Don't get me wrong, we of the soft-hearted gay/lesbian/queer/insert-term-here society have a HUGE thing about taking in strays and loving our animals. We have not so much love for the fleas, ticks, and other hungry bugs our cuddly little balls of fluff bring with them.

Cool thing about fleas- animal fleas will bite humans but will not nest in human hair or live on the human body. They do leave crazy bite marks and welts that are scarily unattractive. First time getting naked with a lady you do not want to have flea bites all over you, right? So, bring on the remedy, you say! (This also works for scabies and bed bugs if you have an unfortunate run in with either of those.)
100% Pure Tea Tree (Melaleuca) Oil

Tea Tree oil can be added to a load of wash (10-15 drops in hot water for a medium load) to kill bugs on clothes or in sheets, or added to a bath to kill bugs on the skin (25 drops.)

Never apply pure Tea Tree oil directly to the skin. Tea tree oil has wonderful healing properties and is great when applied to the bites and welts, but make sure to mix it with another oil otherwise it will burn and blister! I like to mix it about 60/40 with 100% pure almond oil because it's very moisturizing and won't clog my pores or cause a reaction.

Almond Oil
My mixture runs just about 60 almond/40 tea tree in a little travel sized bottle. It'll last for weeks. Other oils work as well, I know some people like coconut or olive, or any other harmless body oil will do.

On Pets: It is okay to rinse dogs with a tea tree oil/water mix after their bath to help prevent fleas- but NEVER try to treat your CAT's fleas with tea tree oil as it may cause a harmful reaction. There has been a few cases of kitten related death when tea tree oil is applied to the fur, so keep it as a human only solution in cat households. Using it in laundry in cat households should not cause a problem, as the tea tree oil kills fleas in the wash and the oil is highly diluted in the rinse cycle and then dried.

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