My daughter is off to camp this week and one of the requirements is ‘non spray’ insect repellant.
Yes there are plenty of natural and not so natural ones on the market – I have tried many over the years. I have never ben comfortable spraying or rubbing DEET on myself or kids so have always gone down the natural route – some were successful at keeping us bite free and some weren’t.
I had a couple of options for this camp and decided to make up a moisturising repellant cream that would be easy for my 10 year old to put on and ensure she will be protected.
I mixed 10 drops of lemongrass and 30 drops of TerraArmour (a.k.a TerraShield in USA) with a large amount of the dōTERRA unscented moisturiser. Miss M mixed away and was really happy with the final product. It smells great and I am confident that she will be protected while away. The whole process took about 5 minutes!
TerraArmour is dōTERRA’s Outdoor Blend. When it comes to the great outdoors, nothing is better than Mothers Nature’s offerings. TerraArmour Outdoor Blend contains powerful essential oils and other plant oils known for their use in the outdoors, a natural way to enjoy the environment. It’s main oils include:
Ylang Ylang Flower
Lemon Eucalyptus Leaf
all of which possess specific chemical compounds known for their use in the outdoors.
The new addition of Tamanu oil provides added support and through doTERRA’s Co-Impact Sourcing®, the harvesting of Tamanu oil is positively affecting the livelihood of harvesters in Madagascar which I love!
We use the TerraArmour blend during mozzie season, when camping and even spray it on window sills and around door frames for added protection. You can diffuse it to help keep the flies at bay and if you can make a spider repellant for home by adding some Peppermint essential oil.
Here is my recipe I use when I am making up my own spray which has added booster oils! I have a daughter who immediately breaks into huge welts when she gets bitten by a mozzie so I don’t take any chances 😉
Boosted Insect Repellant
- 30 drops TerraArmour
- 10 drops Lemongrass
- 10 drops Arborvitae
- Top with Fractionated Coconut oil to fill 50ml spray bottle
Feel free to share with friends and let me know how you go!