You just have to try this natural essential oil bug repellent. When I first learned that there was an alternative to that stinky, sticky, nasty bug spray I had been using it just sounded too good to be true. I mean, have you smelled essential oil bug repellent TerraShield Outdoor Blend? It smells kind of like a bakery. How could that possibly be an effective essential oil bug repellent?
Then my husband put some in a spray bottle and sprayed it everywhere but my head and we walked from our restaurant to our hotel room in Yellowstone. The air was thick with mosquitoes. I got bit all over my head but nowhere else. They were seriously that bad that I had like 10-20 bites on my head and I was totally miserable for days.
But hey, I was totally convinced that essential oil bug repellent TerraShield worked! Since then I’ve learned that different essential oils work best on different types of bugs for different situations. Just a little confusing. . . So that’s why I’m glad there are resources like this chart from doTERRA:
Here’s a chart I made with all the good essential oil bug repellent oils:
|Arborvitae||It naturally repels insects.|
|Cedarwood||Cedarwood naturally repels insects.|
|Cedarwood||Add it to mulch or topsoil to repel insects.|
|Cinnamon||It naturally repels insects.|
|Clove||Clove naturally repels insects.|
|Geranium||This essential oil naturally repels insects.|
|Lemongrass||Naturally repels insects.|
|Peppermint||Repels bugs naturally.|
|Peppermint||Spritz around windows and doors.|
|Rosemary||Naturally repels insects.|
|Thyme||Use Thyme topically or diffuse outdoors to naturally repel insects.|
|TerraShield®||Take TerraShield on camping trips or to outdoor events.|
|TerraShield®||Spray TerraShield around your door, window seals, and tent.|
Apply to your kids’ arms and legs to help them get the most out of their summer vacation.
To experience nature instead of avoiding it, apply TerraShield before a hike.
Natural Ant Repellent
12 drops Peppermint
1/2 tsp liquid castile soap or doTERRA On Guard Foaming Hand Wash
8 ounces water
Mix in a glass spray bottle. Apply to problem areas, shaking frequently. You can actually spray directly on ants and watch them instantly die then spray their trail and entry point down. Don’t wipe it up. This covers up the scent of their trail and deters them from entering your home.
Try this DIY mosquito repellent or make your life a whole lot easier and just buy TerraShield Outdoor Blend from doTERRA and it is all made and ready for you!
DIY Mosquito Repellent
6 drops Lavender
6 drops Lemongrass
1 tsp Fractionated Coconut Oil
8 Ounces Water
Mix a glass spray bottle. Spray skin or entrance points (such as doorways, windows or tent openings), shaking frequently.
Read more about the science of how to best repel bugs in this article from the doTERRA science team.
Here are some tips from doTERRA on repelling bugs in the garden:
Here is some specific advice on pests in the garden from doTERRA Living Spring 2018