Are you using essential oil bug repellent this summer?

Why use strong chemical repellents when there are many different types of essential oil bug repellent available

Doterra terrashieldSome of them are made from natural sources like mosquito repellent plants while some contain chemicals and are made synthetically. Normally both synthetic and homemade fly repellent prove to be more lasting and effective. Yet, there are few plant-based repellents like natural herb or Doterra terrashield and essential oil candle which are exceptional. These plant-based repellents are much better than synthetic repellents.

Synthetic repellents list

  • DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide)
  • Neem (Azadirachta indica) oil
  • Icaridin or picaridin

Essential Oils Bug Repellent list

  • Doterra terrashield
  • Lemon oil
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Basil oil
  • Thyme oil
  • Peppermint oil
  • Fennel oil
  • Rosemary oil

Workings of homemade fly repellent

A natural bug repellent does not kill insects. Instead, these repellents reduce your exposure to harmful insects. Most repellents work by masking your body odour. Applying insect repellents on your exposed skin changes your body odour to the insects in such a way that insects repel at your odour and hence move away. You thereby remain safe from outbreak of any insect-borne diseases.

Why does Doterra terrashield work?

Normally, insects, bugs, and mosquitoes use their feelers to identify human odour. As Doterra terrashield change your body odour and you remain protected from insects, it is necessary to reapply repellents soon after a swim or if you sweat excessively. Most insect repellents deliver results only over a specific radius. Hence, even if you are wearing any repellent, you can see bugs and mosquitoes flying near you. However, they do not bite you.

Normally, insect repellents having a higher percentage of active ingredients like N-diethyl-meta-toluamide or DEET, Picaridin, or KBR 3023 provide longer hours of protection. Permethrin is a specific exclusion. This repellent is actually a contact insecticide but proves effective against insect bites.

Precautionary tips when using homemade fly repellent

Most insect repellents are safe for use to a point which could suggest that using homemade fly repellent alternative methods are preferable to the ones that contain chemicals and are made synthetically such as Doterra terrashield mosquito repellent or an essential oil bug repellent. You can even use these repellents on skin of children, I personally would not advise it. However, if you insist on using these types of chemicals on your children take care to apply only small amounts and preferably do not apply on hands of children, as it could lead to accidental ingestion or eye contact. Also, do not allow children to apply repellents by themselves. Keep repellents out of the reach of children.

You can apply sunscreen after applying insect repellent or the other way round. It is best to follow instructions for application as specifically mentioned. Nonetheless, do not combine sunscreen and insect repellent in a single bottle as both are two completely different substances. Again, you cannot apply repellent as frequently as you use sunscreen.

Sometimes, repellents could cause skin irritation. You should immediately restrict use of the specific repellent. You can try using repellent with lesser concentration of chemical. If irritation persists, it is best to stop use of repellent completely. Pregnant women should take care to avoid exposures to insect repellent as much as possible as the fetus may be vulnerable.

You should read the label of your repellent product carefully before use. Labels and directions for use differ across countries. Manufacturers specifically issue warning labels on repellents that are not safe for use on children in these cases a natural alternative would be a safer option.

You need to protect yourself against insect bites through the use of insect repellent specifically at dusk and dawn as this is the main feeding time for most insects, bugs, and mosquitoes.

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