doTerra TerraShield Review: Natural Bug Repellent

doTerra TerraShield Review

It seems like every time I go outside I spend half the time swatting at bugs. In particular, I’m concerned about biting insects like mosquitoes. With viruses like the Zika hitting the news, I want to keep these blood sucking insects as far away from my family as possible. However, I also want to avoid using chemically based bug repellents when possible. Here is my family’s experience with a Natural Bug Repellent from doTerra called Terrashield.

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It’s that time of year. Warm humid summer nights, sunsets after 8 and the ritual swatting of mosquitoes while I walk through our garden looking for ripe tomatoes. They’re everywhere! I don’t want these little vamperous creatures making a meal out of me, or worse yet…my kids! When I’m washing their little heads of hair at night I think ‘please don’t find a tick please don’t find a tick’ because insects can carry some nasty diseases. Here is some information and some affiliate links to find this product.
So how do I keep my family bug free?

I have a bottle of ‘bug repellant.’ Off deep woods with DEET to be exact. I stare at it, I know it works…but at what cost? I’ve read about the harmful effects of DEET and even the National Institutes of Health (a government agency) has written about it’s potential for harm. So where does that leave me? I have to decide which is the lesser evil; potential side effects from DEET or going bug repellant free and potentially catching West Nile Virus or Limes Disease.

The day I found a tick on my son’s head.

My son was playing outside earlier that day. He was sitting on the couch, 3 years old, and rubbed his head. “Mom, I think I have a pimple on my head.” I came over to look and saw the rear-end of a tick wiggling on his scalp! I ran and grabbed the dog’s tick-nippers and quickly removed the tick. I made sure I had the head and dialed the pediatrician. Why the pediatrician? My husband had a positive lymes disease titer in his bloodwork the year before and I knew the germ was local to our ticks. Not only did he have the tick, but a children’s regimen, per our pediatrician, was to take amoxicillin for 3 weeks!

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What about natural alternatives?

I have a make-up baggie full of essential oils. I love the way they smell, and I even have a blending bottle to try mixing combinations. Every so often I mix one that smells amazing, but most  of the time I think….wow, this really stinks! I was so happy to find that doTerra makes a ready-to go blend to keep insects away. The TerraShield outdoor blend contains therapeutic grade (means it’s processed appropriately) oils that have been found to repel insects!

 

There is a NEW DoTerra TerraShield formula! While the “old formula” is still available, the new formula promises to be more effecient at deterring unwanted “pests.”
What’s in doTerra Terrashield?
    doTerra reports that  “TerraShield Outdoor Blend contains powerful essential oils and other plant oils known to provide outdoor protection in a natural, safe way. This newly updated formula contains a select blend of essential oils including Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood, Catnip, Lemon Eucalyptus, Litsea, Arborvitae, Nootka, and Vanilla Bean Absolute—all of which possess specific chemical compounds known to protect against environmental annoyances. The addition of Tamanu oil provides added support…” The oil has a pleasant scent despite it’s effectiveness at warding off insects. The company goes on to report that it’s safe for all family members, even the furry ones.
Ingredients:  Fractionated Coconut Oil, Ylang Ylang Flower, Tamanu Seed, Nootka Wood, Cedarwood Wood, Catnip Plant, Lemon Eucalyptus Leaf, Litsea Fruit, Vanilla Bean Absolute, Arborvitae Wood.
Specificially, Lemon Eucalyptus, as reported by Entomology today (10/28/2015) “…based on the results from this study, a lemon-eucalyptus oil containing p-menthane-3,8-diol (PMD)…has similar efficacy to DEET repellents.” Luckily, Lemon Eucalyptus is found in doTerra TerraShield! (1)

So how do you use a natural bug repellent?

The DoTerra TerraShield, you can shop doTerra here, recommends applying 2-3 drops that lasts for up to 6 hours! Good news is that it’s safe for everyone, and if you’re unsure you can always apply the product to clothing, shoes or even the stroller or babycarrier. We took the DoTerra TerraShield with us to a local amusement park well known for being in a wooded area. I am proud to report that we left bug bite free and I didn’t need to swat any flying insects from around my family. DoTerra Reps report that some people may need a few more drops, and some less depending on your personal ability to attract bugs.

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     Uses for essential oils are so numerous I can’t even begin to count. As a frequent user of essential oils, there are two important factors I look for. I want to make sure that my oils are therapeutic grade. This has to do with the collection process. Heating up the oil source too much can remove therapeutic properties and lessens the oil quality. The other factor I look for is that they are pesticide free. Who wants chemicals with their essential oils? I don’t! DoTerra Oils meet both of these standards and can boast being Pesticide free, Non-GMO, and are therapeutic grade!

How I use DoTerra Terrashield

     Most of the time, I put this on myself straight from the bottle and that’s an okay way to use it. For my kids, I use DoTerra essential oils is by placing the oil, or oil blend into a carrier. A carrier may be anything from a massage oil, unscented lotion or directly into water or other oils to create blends and sprays. Here I have created a TerraShield bug repellant lotion:

Home Made Bug Repellent Lotion

12 Drops doTerra TerraShield Oil
The recommendation is 2-3 drops per person (1-2 smaller persons)
Unscented baby safe lotion.
Stir well, replace cap and apply avoiding eyes and other sensitive areas.
Mix batches as needed for personalized bug control, and customize with more or less oil.
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doTerra Terrashield Spray
     Everyone asks me about turning this into a bug spray. As Americans, we like spraying things and traditional bug spray comes in a spray! So, in my opinion, I’m not a huge fan of spraying this. I believe it’s more accurate when you use it on skin as the straight oil or mixed in a carrier like lotion or fractioned coconut oil. A spray means that some of the product gets lost in the air, but does provide a wide field of coverage.
     Recently, doTerra released a new product: doTerra terrashield spray! I called the company for information and the representative said that it’s the original TerraShield oil blend mixed with the fractioned coconut oil and it’s a generously sized bottle.  You can shop my wellness link to see more, to get the spray or the original blend to make your own spray or concentrated oil. The spray runs $26.00 for 30mls and the concentrated oil blend is $14.00.  Find it here.
doTerra Terrashield bug spray
 
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     TerraShield is one of DoTerra’s oil blends, and with 250 drops per bottle, it’s very reasonably priced! Unlike many other brands, DoTerra oils are 3rd party tested and represented by brand consultants with whom you can personally speak with for advice, tips or general information. The company has a team of scientists and goes through the rigours of oil testing and sourcing for guaranteed quality.

What age is TerraShield recommended for?

     Specifically, can TerraShield be used on kids? After searching on the company’s website and coming up short, I called the 1-800 number and spoke with DoTerra International. First, the representative put me on a long hold, while she went to look for information. “Due to the small amount of lemon-eucalyptus in the oil” they don’t anticipate any issues with children, but they do recommend “using less.” The rep also said that it should be cut topically with something like liquid coconut oil, 1-2 drops, or used in some sort of carrier like lotion. The rep did say to test it out on a small area, perhaps on the wrist first to ensure that no reaction will occur such as the wrist.

There is no straight age recommendation for the product and I imagine that it’s for liability. However, like the new spray the wording states “safe for all family members” and like anything, I would skin test and use caution if you’re not sure how someone will react. I mean, our day to day products are loaded with chemicals…I’ll take essential oils over chemicals any day!

     As always, thank you for stopping by! I spend a lot of time on these articles and enjoy knowing that they’re enjoyed. You can shop at doTerra to ensure your oil is the highest quality and has not been tampered with. As always, feel free to message me with comments or questions and have a great day!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.
1. https://entomologytoday.org/2015/10/28/study-compares-natural-mosquito-repellents-to-deet/

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Gloria

Thank you very informative.

Sam
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Thank you so much for your review 🙂 It’s very helpful! I want to stay well away from DEET!

wanda
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wanda

QUESTION….Can this be used on a baby about 6 months old by the time the hot, sticky, humid days of summer arrive? How about a 2 yr old?

Melissa Dean
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I just was just recently sent over a news report of a woman who even uses it, diluted, on her dogs. I know that cats are super finicky with certain/most oils, but I thought that was interesting. Thank you for posting your experiences with this EO.

Lauren
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Lauren

Do you know if this is safe to use while breastfeeding?

Tena Greear
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Tena Greear

How do I mix it to use as a spray?

Laura Vecchiato
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Laura Vecchiato

Is this safe during pregnancy? I have some on it’s way

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Hello! Will this work if you make it into a roller bottle topped w/ FCO? Thinking 5 drops for a 10ml bottle for kids? Thoughts? Thanks!

Jen
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Jen

Hi! I am new to doTerra oils (and oils in general), but I really like this idea as opposed to DEET for my 3 kids!! Just wondering – how much baby safe lotion did you mix in with the 12 drops of TerraShield in order to make an effective repellant that was child-safe? Or what would be the ratio of water/witch hazel to oil? Thank you!

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I bought the already mixed Terra shield. Do you spray the Terra shield on the body or clothes? All over face legs and arms? Thanks.