If you are too stressed, too occupied, or just itching over a mosquito bite, I suggest you try using essential oils to improve the senses (and get rid of the insects).
One of the reasons I enjoy going to the spa is having a chance of breathing what they call aromatherapy or essential oil, water-based materials extracted from plant essence to promote physical, emotional, and spiritual health and balance.*
It improves the overall being, enlivens the senses, provides tranquility, invigorates the core soul, calms the busy mind. Simply put, the scent really makes me feel good.
So I tried buying various oils to lessen the trips to the spa then eventually picking my top 3 favorite scents. During several trials, I came to suffer from a terrible headache and/or severe sinusitis (either the smell is too strong or too bad)!
And probably some more encounter of this “oil exploration” is being a victim of so many vendors selling essentials oils with no essence at all! Pouring few drops to the burner and looking forward to the scent, I smell nothing. Pour half of the content, and still nada! Pour it all but just to find out (and admit) that I have actually purchased a water in a bottle labeled as aromatherapy.
After the series of malls and stalls search, I found my favorites packed with real essence. Here are my pick and where to buy them.
1. Citronella– Citronella is known as an insect repellant and air freshener. After a few drops, you will literally witness mosquitoes lurking groggily with less reflexes making them easier to slam.
Where to buy? There is this booth at Alabang Town Center (near True Value) and Shangri-mall (cinema floor) selling nothing but essential oils. The name is Citromint (250ml for Php1,450; they have smaller bottle sizes).
2. Eucalyptus – Originated from Australia, Eucalyptus is so relaxing while relieving symptoms of colds, flu, chest congestion, sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, and respiratory infections.
Where to buy? A lot of expensive brands but I found this really affordable at any Mercury Drugstore branch, product name is Apollo (120ml for Php430).
3. Peppermint – Peppermint is a cross between watermint and spearmint and is native to Europe offering so many health benefits including the treatment of indigestion, respiratory problems, headache, nausea, fever, stomach, and bowel pain.**
Where to buy? Landmark Department Store is selling Essential Oils Itsom (120ml for Php399.95), Giga at Greenbelt 3 (10 ml for Php100) or Mia Maison at Greenbelt and SM BF (Php164.75).
(Price Updated for Citronella and Eucalyptus as of August 2017)