Bugs, nobody got time for that!

We spend a lot of time outside whether it be at baseball games, working in the garden, taking care of animals, or just playing at the park. One thing I do not enjoy is being followed or attacked by insects! And who does really? I do not want to use any chemical spray on my kids or on myself and we do not spray our plants with scary ingredients either.

TerraShield is my family’s favorite blend for the summer. It is the magic that wards off any insects that want to join our summer festivities. This oil is safe for everyone in your family and can even help your garden flourish by giving it a protective barrier.

TerraShield has recently been updated to include Tamanu oil which not only provides extra benefits for your use but is positively impacting families in Madagascar through dōTERRA’s Cō-Impact Sourcing. This blend can be diffused or applied topically using the TerraShield Spray to provide a defense against the annoyances of outdoor activities. I figure no defense is better than what Mother Nature has to offer!

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The 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.

I simply spray it on all exposed areas (avoiding eyes, sensitive areas and inner ears) and apply every couple hours. You can also spray it around your tent, doors, and garden plants. It’s even effective on your farm animals who are plagued by flies! Diffusing 3-4 drops when eating outside helps keeps the bugs at bay.

If you want to try making up your own blend for a specific problem, here are some essential oils for common bug problems:

Mosquitos – lemon, eucalyptus, peppermint, lemon, basil, clove, thyme, lemongrass, geranium, lavender
Fleas – cedarwood, eucalyptus, melaleuca, lemongrass, lavender, wild orange
Ticks – rose, geranium, juniper, thyme, grapefruit, oregano

Using a 4 oz clean spray bottle, fill it with 2 ounces of distilled water. Add 1 ounce of witch hazel and then add about 50 drops of essential oils, any combination of the above oils should work. Be sure to shake your bottle before each use! Please make sure you are using therapeutic grade oils!

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And if you do get some nasty bites, try some of these natural remedies to sooth!

*Apply lavender or tea tree essential oil directly to the insect bite. I carry a roller of this with us!
*Apply apple cider vinegar to the bite
* Rub the affected area with a lemon slice
*Dip a chilled already brewed chamomile tea bag to the bite to soothe to reduce inflammation.
* Hold an ice cube on the bite.
*Create a paste of water and baking soda and apply directly to the area


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