This is part two in a series on a selection of essential oils that will support, soothe, and promote your health, especially during summer and fall. This part will cover TerraSheild, an essential oil blend for repelling bugs. In the rest of the series, we’ll cover Purify, Lavender, Basil, and Helichrysum essential oils. Read part one on Helichrysum.
Air quality changes, insect bites, burns, scrapes, rashes, back-to-school germ exposure… Summer and Fall both have their challenges. A strong essential oil tool kit can help you be prepared by supporting your body’s natural defenses, repelling pests, soothing symptoms, and giving you a sense of positivity to charge through life’s challenges.
Last time we discussed the soothing properties of Helichrysum. This time, we’ll focus on an essential oil that fits in with the old axiom “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. (Although in this case, I guess it’s a drop!)
TerraShield® – Don’t Get Bit
This blend of 7 essential oils and vanilla bean absolute in a base of fractionated coconut oil and tamanu seed oil is safe for everyone in the family! Applied to the arms, legs and neck before heading out, this combo will help you avoid bug bites. Not only does that save a LOT of itching, but the fewer bites you get, the less chance you have of being exposed to things like mosquito-borne viruses.
So… What’s In It?
- Ylang Ylang Flower
- Nootka Wood
- Cedarwood Wood
- Lemon Eucalyptus
- Litsea Fruit
- Arborvitae Wood
- Vanilla Bean Absolute
- Fractionated Coconut Oil
- Tamanu Seed Oil
This floral famous for being in perfumes lends its sweetness to this blend. This powerful aroma may also contribute to ylang ylang’s usefulness in repelling bugs. After all, you aren’t a flower, are you?
Cupressus nootkatensis – An evergreen in the cypress family. The strong, resiny scents of evergreens provide good cover against insects.
This evergreen has a large native area, covering much of the US eastern seaboard and spreading as far inland as the midwestern states. Juniperus virginiana is a rugged tree whose aromatic wood has been used to build moth-repellent clothes chests and closets for decades. (It is not recommended to take cedarwood oil internally, as some components may be toxic if ingested. Not that this blend of powerful, woody herbs would be that tasty!)
Nepeta cataria may attract cats, but the essential oil consentrate is not well-liked by insects. Nepetalactone has been shown to repel mosquitoes, flies, cockroaches, and even termites.
“Wait,” you might ask, “is it lemon, or is it eucalyptus?” It’s Corymbia citriodora, also known as lemon eucalyptus, a member of the Eucalypteae tribe. Essential oil from the leaves of this tree can provide up to 98% citronella. That’s right, good old citronella.
The fruit of Litsea cubeba provides an essential oil rich with citral, an organic compound that help gives this oil a lemony scent.
Thuja plicata – Another evergreen in the cypress family of trees, native to western Canada. Arborvitae contributes multiple organic compounds that function as insect repellents, many of which also provide it with its earthy, woody, or resinous scent.
Vanilla Bean Absolute
An absolute is similar to an essential oil, but the key components are pulled from the plant through a solvent-based extraction. This adds a sweetness to this blend that keeps it from being overwhelmingly lemon and resin-scented.
Fractionated Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a popular carrier oil, meaning it gently dilutes and distributes other oils. So why is it “fractionated” and what does that do to the oil? Well, it hasn’t taken a math class. Fractionation is a process of separation. Think of it almost like the opposite of homogenization! Components of coconut oil are separated in a process that allows the coconut oil to remain a smooth liquid at a variety of temperatures, as well as making it a better carrier oil by removing unnecessary elements.
Tamanu is a popular vegetable-based oil for skin care products. The harvesting of Tamanu oil is done through doTERRA’s Co-Impact Sourcing® which is positively affecting the livelihood of harvesters in Madagascar.
There You Have It!
A well-rounded, rich essential oil insect repellent for the whole family. Keep it with you to dab on as-needed to maintain your protection.
For added protection at home, you can put a few drops in your diffuser and bring it outside to your porch or patio for a safer “bug fog” approach than using citronella candles or incense that produce oily or thick smoke.