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.
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.
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!
So how do you use a natural bug repellant? The DoTerra TerraShield 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.
One way to 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 Repellant Lotion
12 Drops DoTerra TerraShield Oil
1 oz 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.