Sending kids off to summer camp? Spending time outdoors? You will definitely need a strong bug repellent to keep the bugs at bay. Insects, such as mosquitoes and ticks, can be more than just annoying—they can transmit diseases. It’s important to protect yourself and your kids so that you don’t become a feeding frenzy for insects or risk becoming a carrier for pathogens.
How to choose a safe, effective bug repellent:
Most bug repellents found on the market contain a chemical known as DEET, which has known toxic effects. The safer choice is to go with an all-natural formula that contains plant-based ingredients that are highly effective and nontoxic.
Studies have shown that essential oils, such as eucalyptus, citronella, and lemongrass are highly effective nontoxic alternatives to DEET. dōTERRA’s TerraShield Repellent Blend is a proprietary blend of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils including Lemon Eucalyptus, Citronella, Lemongrass, and 12 other carefully balanced oils blended in a base of 100% pure fractionated coconut oil. This blend can be used safely by the entire family, and reapplied every 4-6 hours for maximum protection.
How to Use TerraShield Repellent Blend:
Apply several drops of all-natural super-concentrated TerraShield to exposed skin and openings in clothing before outdoor activity. Reapply every 4-6 hours or as needed.
Tips from our Facebook Fans:
“Spray the oil (a few drops mixed with water) on windowsills to prevent bugs from getting into the house.” -Rosa O.
“If someone (who isn’t using TerraShield) gets stung by a bee or wasp, apply TerraShield to the bite to reduce the swelling and redness.” -Deena S.
“Add TerraShield to a homemade all-natural lotion base and apply to skin.” -Melit C.
“Spritz it in the basement to repel the spiders.” -Shauna M.
“Put a few drops in the water you use for plants and flowers to eliminate bugs and flies.” -Alicia G.
“Use a drop on each ankle and wrist.” -Karalie V.
“Use it in the kitchen to repel ants. Add 25 drops to a spray bottle with a drop of dish detergent, then spray on surface.” -Brenda L.
“Spray around vegetables/fruit that attract fruit flies on the kitchen counter.” -Stephanie F.
“Mix with Fractionated Coconut Oil and put around neck, ears, and wrists.” -Jennifer B.
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This article was originally posted on June 24, 2010.
*These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. dōTERRA products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Pregnant or lactating women and persons with known medical conditions should consult a physician prior to the use of any dōTERRA product. The statements shared from our Facebook page are the personal opinion of independent persons and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of dōTERRA International.