You just have to try some of these natural essential oil bug repellent. I love how doTERRA products like TerraShield can help me enjoy being in nature.
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:
|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®||Acts as an effective, natural barrier. Spray 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 before a hike.
Natural Ant Repellent
12 drops Peppermint
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.
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
doTERRA for Bug Bites
I have heard so many different opinions on what good essential oils for bug bites will sooth irritations are and I think part of this is because it varies so much from person to person. I’ve been trying to write this post for years by experimenting every time we get a bug bite.
You might say I get a little too excited when someone in our family gets bitten because I take it as an opportunity to experiment with what oils work best. The problem? We don’t get bit very often because we live in a dry climate with relatively few bugs and when we do think we could get have a problem, we use one of these DIY essential oil bug repellent recipes.
I think what works depends on what types of bug bite you, what you’ve eaten, maybe what blood type you are and some other unknown factors like that. Here is a list of essential oils to soothe away irritations from bug bites we have found to be the most helpful to our family, in order of what has helped the most often for most of us:
We just apply one drop directly on the bug bite, but it would be even more effective to put the oil in a roller bottle with fractionated coconut oil. This accomplishes two things – #1 essential oils don’t last as long as you may hope and the fractionated coconut oil helps them last longer. #2 the fractionated coconut oil helps you save lots of money since you don’t need to use nearly as many drops of essential oil.
Here are some recipes other people think work well: