DIY doTERRA all-natural insect repellent
Getting ready to embark on our much-anticipated trip around Australia meant trying to plan and prep as much as possible for all that the outback could throw at us!
Prep time: 15 minutes
Now I don’t know about you but I am a beacon when it comes to mozzies, they will literally hunt me down in a crowded room and not touch on another single person! I must be like a fine wine to them which is rubbish for me, but great for everyone in my vicinity!
In the past I have used some pretty potent insect repellents in order to keep them at bay, but these days I am loving on some super simple alternatives using safe, natural remedies instead.
If you personally are stickler for hard core repellent then you can learn more about the impact DEET has on your health with this article.
Now on the flip side did you know that studies have found Lemon eucalyptus oil to be the most effective natural mosquito repellent, and the efficacy of this particular oil falls third in line behind DEET and Picaridin. Sign me up right?
Luckily for us doTERRA have just launched Lemon Eucalyptus in the US market and we can purchase from our Australian accounts. Are you not yet a member? Contact me and I’ll help you get started.
Here you’ll find a simple recipe that you can tailor with your fave “bug off” essential oils:
150ml spray bottle
1/4 cup Witch Hazel
1/4 cup Distilled Water
20 drops TerraShield
5 drops Lemon Eucalyptus
Optional additional essential oil for scent (see below for inspo)
Other Oils that mosquitoes dislike:
Melaleuca (AKA tea tree oil – 5 drops)
Cedarwood (5 drops)
Citronella (5 drops)
Lemon/Orange (5 drops)
Clove (1-3 drops – use sparingly as it’s very strong!)
Peppermint (avoid if nursing – 3 drops)
Lavender (5 drops)
Eucalyptus (5 drops)
Combine all in spray bottle and shake before each use. Spray over exposed skin and reapply every 4-5 hours, or more regularly if needed, you may wish to dilute further for younger, older or more sensitive skin.
Nb. Natural bug repellent works, but it will need to be reapplied every few hours for maximum effectiveness.