Natural Mosquito Repellant with Essential Oils

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My poor husband is a magnet for any biting insects and is always looking for a natural mosquito repellant, or no see'um spray to save his body from being ravaged by bugs.

Nothing seemed to work (although having him around was great for the rest of us - they would ignore our skin in favor of his!) and for the longest time, and in order to avoid spraying dangerous pesticides all over his body, he'd simply avoid going out, or sweat it out next to a campfire, or even shroud himself (much to the entertainment of the rest of us). We tried plain old citronella sprays, and old wives tales, and nothing seemed to work for him at all.

Natural Mosquito Repellant Trying to avoid mosquitos

Then we started using doTERRA essential oils and found they had a proprietary blend called TerraShield. Honestly, we didn't have much hope for it, at least not for my husband, but anything is worth trying and TerraShield is pretty inexpensive so we gave it a go.

TerraShield essential oil is now the only natural mosquito repellant that my husband will use. It works perfectly, even with his magnetism for all biting insects. He applies it and doesn't get a bite from mosquitos, no see'ums, or anything else for hours!

This blend is a proprietary blend of 15 essential oils that works on repelling any biting insects for up to 6 hours. It's not just a natural mosquito repellant, but also works for ants, spiders, mites, fleas, and is especially good for no see'ums, (also known as biting midges). Not only does it work against biting insects, it also works to repel roaches, silverfish, and other household pests.

Interestingly, many people also use the oil for the emotional, spiritual, and energetic properties of the oil, namely to help "repel" toxic people! It can not only help you setup healthy boundaries, but also release relationships that have run their course. It can help you access your own courage and confidence, say no when you need to, stay calm in the face of personal attacks against you, and shield you against emotional abuse.


The information provided here on the properties and uses of this oil do NOT apply to all essential oil brands.

Because of lenient industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", much of what you find at the drug store is not a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may actually make you sick. In fact, only about 50% of it needs to be actual essential oils to be called "pure"!

A LOT goes into creating a therapeutic grade essential oil. The best essential oil brands follow these guidelines:

  • Proper plant varieties
  • Grown in their indigenous region around the world
  • Grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc
  • Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
  • Extracted with proper temp and pressure to preserve oil molecules
  • Third-party testing of each and every batch
  • Stand behind the internal use of their oils

Learn how to find safe, effective essential oils here.

The Oils in TerraShield

Below are the essential oils found in this natural mosquito repellant, as well as their role in this spray and their other benefits.

Using these oils separately is a possibility, but it's the unique proportions of this blend and the quality of these oils that make the difference in the therapeutic support they offer.

TerraShield Essential Oil

  • Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • Skimmia Laureola Oil
  • Catnip Oil
  • Amyris Oil
  • African Sandalwood Oil
  • Cabrueva Balsam Oil
  • Wild Orange Oil
  • Fir Needle Oil
  • Eucalyptus Oil
  • Hawaiian Sandalwood Oil
  • Genet Absolute Oil
  • Rose Oil
  • Citronella Oil
  • Cedarwood Oil
  • How to Use TerraShield Essential Oil

    Traditionally, this natural mosquito repellant uses these application guidelines. Use these suggestions unless otherwise noted or click the banner for more inspiration:

    How to use essential oils!

    aromatic applicationAromatically - Can be diffused or inhaled directly.
    topical applicationTopically - Can be applied directly to the skin or within a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, for young or sensitive skin. Start with 1 drop to 1-3 tsp of carrier and increase the EO as needed.
    topical applicationNEAT - Can usually apply the oil without dilution, directly to the skin. However, it's always a good idea to test your own skin first, as sensitive skin types may react.

    Click this link or the banner above for more application guidance.

    Precautions: Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose.


    None of these health benefits, nor the ideas below, have been evaluated or approved by the FDA, should be used in place of personal judgment or medical treatment when needed, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. (Only your doctor can diagnose and treat disease. Only your body can prevent or cure it.) Read our full disclaimer.

    Suggested and Possible Uses for TerraShield

    The following are uses described in a book I highly recommend, Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Uses of Essential Oils, as well as from personal experience and other resources. Use them to inspire your own ideas, experiment, and see what works for you.

    Around Doors, Vents, Other Entrances
    Anywhere insects might be getting in, drop 1-3 drops of essential oil on a cotton ball and place those cotton balls anywhere insects are likely to enter.

    Around the Garden
    I haven't tried this one yet (let me know if you do!), but the same premise applies here as above. Apply the essential oil to a cotton ball and place around the garden, at the base of plants, etc. You can even experiment with spraying the leaves (though I wouldn't spray the edible parts of any plant).

    Dog Flea Collar
    I wouldn't recommend this for cats, as their body's don't function like humans or dogs and can't process essential oils, but to repel fleas and maybe even ticks from your dog, try dropping 2-3 drops on their collar, no more than once a week. The oil is potent and lingers for quite some time to repplication will only be necessary as the aroma fades. You can also use the natural mosquito repellant spray for the body to spritz your pet before going for walks.

    Natural Bug Spray (for the body)
    We like to turn this into a natural mosquito repellant by adding about 35 drops of essential oil with 3 oz of water. It's best to use a metal or glass bottle for this, since plastic may erode when it comes in contact with some essential oils. Shake this mixture up well before use and spray over the exposed area of the body. This generally lasts several hours for us.

    Natural Bug Spray (for the home)
    Following the same guidelines above, I would recommend more drops (starting with 50) and experimenting from there to find what works best to repel your insects.

    Whole Home Repellant
    If you're ever having a party, and the insects keep inviting themselves, try getting a quality diffuser, and diffusing the oils throughout the area. The aroma is citrusy and very fresh, not overwhelming at all.

    Window Screen Repellant
    No, not to repel window screens. But to repel bugs from getting in through your windows (especially no see'ums from crawling through screens), this works really well. Hang a ribbon on your screen (inside or out) and drop several drops on the ribbon to repel insects and keep them from getting inside.


    None of these health benefits, nor the ideas below, have been evaluated or approved by the FDA, should be used in place of personal judgment or medical treatment when needed, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. (Only your doctor can diagnose and treat disease. Only your body can prevent or cure it.) Read our full disclaimer.

    Where to Buy TerraShield or Other Essential Oils

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    Because quality is everything when it comes to essential oils, never buy your oils from the grocery store. Although they may be suitable for aroma, they aren't the quality you need for health purposes.

    For the best results (and to avoid wasting your money), you need high-quality essential oils.

    We recommend investigating our sister site, Organic Home Health, for more details on where to buy essential oils and their available discounts.

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