Sharon Wyse: Mosquito tips for a restful sleep

I don’t know about you, but these suckers freak me the *%$& out.  There are very few animals for which I have absolutely no sympathy, but this is one of them.  Luckily, my friend Sharon Wyse L. Ac. wrote a nice little blog post to help us all out.  Here it is:

Mosquito tips for a restful sleep

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”  –Dalai Lama XIV

I totally love that quote, but did not like waking up at 4:30 a.m. the other night with my husband and me both trying to find the mosquito (or “mozzy” as my husband calls them) that was taunting us in our bedroom. One sure way to ensure that the nasty biters stay out is to mix 4 parts water to 1 part tea  tree oil, mix in a spray bottle and spray around the upper walls and doors of your room; apparently they dont like the smell.

Needless to say, we slept great the next night 😉

Natural Mosquito Repellents

I was out at my mother and father’s house on Sunday and noticed that my mom had lemon thyme plants growing in the backyard right in front of the back door that leads into the house. My mother explained that the lemon thyme works as a natural mosquito repellent and that every time she goes to sit in the backyard she takes a few leaves, bruises them by crushing them in her hand, and then places the essence from the leaves around her ankles, knees, elbows and shoulders. There are other natural plants that act as mosquito repellents such as Lavender, Rose Geranium, Lemon Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, and Citronella, which can be found in most health food stores. If you don’t have a back garden or any place to grow these plants then I would advise buying natural sprays, lotions or candles from your local health food store.
Other tips to avoid getting bit by mosquitos are:
  • Avoid dark clothing (dark clothes and foliage are initial attractants)
  • Avoid floral or fruity fragrances (perfumes, hair products, and scented sunscreens, also watch for floral fragrance from fabric softeners)
  • Avoid staying near standing water (even small amounts of water, for example: moist plants or mud puddles, will draw mosquitoes. Standing water also allows mosquitoes to reproduce.)
  • Avoid excessive perspiration (you release more lactic acid when you have been exercising or after eating certain foods for example: salty foods and high-potassium foods)

Dr. Claire Muses:

I just luuuvvv essential oils and natural fragrances.  I have two sources that are my personal favorites where you can get the ingredients above, along with every other aromatherapy need you could want.

Down to Earth Aromatics, 315 N Front St Wilmington, NC 28401

Down to Earth Aromatics in Wilmington, North Carolina has the most amazing blends you could possibly imagine.  They say that they have the largest collection of essential oils, fragrances and products East of the Mississippi.   Owner and aromatherapy master Eva is constantly creating new and fabulous creations for her very loyal following.  This is a gem that you mustn’t pass up the next time you visit the Coastal Carolinas.  Their web site is, and their Facebook page is here.  They do ship their products, so visit their website today!

 The Fragrance Shop New York 65 East 4th Street New York, NY 10003

My second favorite aromatherapy shop — but my #1 favorite in New York City — is Fragrance Shop New York.  I found these wonderful folk back in the 90s when I was exploring my love of natural aromas and found an absolutely delicious Cancer blend from their Horoscope collection.  When I can’t trundle down to Eva’s gem in North Carolina, I visit their new location on 4th Street and bask in their sincere and lovely blends.  They have all the essential oils that Sharon listed right here in town.  So go visit their new location today!  Their website is

Good luck keeping the buggies away while smelling fabulous!

Thank you, Sharon, for your wonderful article.

Sharon Wyse L Ac ThumbnailSharon Wyse, L.Ac is a NY State Licensed Acupuncturist and a Certified Chinese herbalist.  She practices Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine in New York, NY.  Her specialized areas of interest and expertise include women’s health and fertility, stress and pain management, and digestive disorders.

She received her Master’s degree from The New York College of Health Professions where her studies included Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, T’ai Chi Chuan and Qi gong. She took a position at Columbia University facilitating two NIH funded clinical research studies testing the efficacy of Acupuncture and Moxibustion.

Her philosophical approach to treatment includes a strong emphasis on patient education. She encourages patients to actively participate in the healing process and often incorporate lifestyle changes and herbal medicine in my treatment plans. Sharon maintains a strong commitment to the promotion of the integration of Eastern and Western medicine as a future medical model within our health care system.

For more information about Sharon Wyse and to book an appointment, visit her website at, give her office a call at 917.603.8081, or write her at


About Dr. Claire

CLAIRE FITZPATRICK is a Doctor of Chiropractic in New York City. Her specialty is helping women and men aged 30-55 eliminate signs and symptoms of early aging. She is owner of JOY! Health and Bodyworks, LLC a holistic, integrative network of holistic practitioners who specialize in health issues related to early aging. She is the author of the ebook, "The Nine Essentials of Health: A Must Have Guide for Healthy Living."

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