Making your own all natural, deet free bug spray has many benefits and uses! You can use it on yourself or you can spray around your doorways and windows to keep the bugs out of your home.
doTERRA has a repellent blend called TerraShield which is a great blend to use in your DIY bug spray. TerraShield contains essential oils including Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood, Catnip, Lemon Eucalyptus, Litsea, Arborvitae, Nootka, and Vanilla Bean Absolute.
In a 4oz glass or stainless steel spray bottle, it is recommended to use 20 drops of TerraShield along with about 10-20 drops of an oil from the list below. My personal favourite is adding Lemongrass since mosquitoes bother me the most and I am absolutely terrified of ticks! Top the rest of the bottle up with water and you’re good to go! Make sure you shake the bottle before each use so the oils and water mix well.
Ants: Peppermint and Spearmint
Beetles: Peppermint and Thyme
Mosquitoes: Lavender and Lemongrass
Flies: Rosemary and Peppermint
Spiders: Lavender and Peppermint
Roaches: Eucalyptus and Tea Tree
Ticks: Lavender and Lemongrass
Fleas: Lavender, Lemongrass and Peppermint
Spray on exposed skin, clothes and shoes every 4 hours as needed and enjoy your natural bug spray!