Bug Off

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The joys of the great outdoors - sunshine, fresh air, plants, animals, and blue skies are just a few. It doesn't take very many annoying insects to overshadow all that beauty. Unfortunately, most insect repellents are full of chemicals that I would rather not have anywhere near my skin. The safety and environmental concerns are just too big to ignore. Essential oils to the rescue!

Many essential oils have natural bug repelling components. You can choose what works best for you and know that you are keeping harsh synthetic chemicals as well as insects at bay.*

TerraShield Outdoor Blend

doTERRA TerraShield Outdoor Blend

TerraShield Outdoor Blend contains several essential oils that can protect against environmental annoyances.* It can be purchased in a 15oz dropper bottle or a 1oz spray bottle. Apply it to your arms, legs, and neck before going outdoors. It is a must for hiking and camping. You can also spray TerraShield around windows, doors, and tent openings. 

Essential Oil Notebook: TerraShield Outdoor Blend

Arborvitae Essential Oil

Arborvitae wood naturally repels insects. Arborvitae Essential Oil retains the wood's repellent properties and can keep pests from ruining your day. Apply it topically to exposed skin while outdoors. You can also diffuse Arborvitae to protect your home and add it directly to mulch or soil in your garden.

Essential Oil Notebook: Arborvitae

DIY Repellent Blends

For each of these blends, add the ingredients listed to a 4oz spray bottle and then fill the remainder of the bottle with water. Shake well before each application.

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Bite Relief Roller Bottle Blend

When bites do occur, essential oils can offer some relief.* This simple blend combines the soothing properties of Lavender with the cooling effect of Peppermint

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Add fractionated coconut oil and essential oils to a 10ml roller bottle.
  2. Shake until ingredients combine.
  3. Apply directly to bites as needed. 

Option: Replace the Lavender and Peppermint with 20 drops of Purify Cleansing Blend for cleansing and protection.*

Plant Protection

Pests aren't only a problem for people. They can wreak havoc on plants as well. To ward off threats to your plants, mix 8oz of water, 1/2 teaspoon of liquid Castile soap, and 12 drops of essential oil in a spray bottle. Shake the bottle before each use. Plan on several applications spaced about every three days.

What natural methods to you use to repel bugs?

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*THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. THESE PRODUCTS ARE NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, CURE, OR PREVENT ANY DISEASE.

 

 

 


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