DIY Essential Oil Bug Spray - doTERRA Essential Oils - Dawn Goehring Desert Naturals

DIY Essential Oil Bug Spray

homemade all natural bug spray with doterra essential oils that is safe for kids

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 This DIY Essential Oil Bug Spray is an effective, natural mosquito repellent that leaves out the nasty chemicals.  No DEET necessary.   And - this Bug spray is safe for every member of the family, including kids!

No matter the activity, everyone should keep this DIY essential oil bug spray with them during their outdoor adventures.  Hanging out in the backyard in the evening when the bugs come out, hiking, and camping are a few examples of times you'll want this handy.

DIY Essential Oil Bug Spray is Safe

Knowing exactly what is in your bug spray is comforting.  Your body isn't absorbing nasty chemicals that can disrupt hormones, and cause a myriad of other unwanted health concerns.  There are many articles written on the dangers of deet and how it can affect your body.  Suffice it to say, it is a dangerous chemical that I don't feel comfortable using on myself or my kids.

The essential oils in this blend are safe for everyone and I feel good knowing that we are using safe ingredients.  

DIY Essential Oil Bug Spray is Budget Friendly

Making your own bug spray is a very cost cost effective option long term because you can refill your spray bottle over and over again with your bottles of essential oils. You may feel like it's expensive because of the initial investment in the essential oils.  Keep in mind, that per drop, the essential oils are only a few cents.  So, the grand total is quite reasonably priced.   The cost per spray bottle is quite low - less than what you'll pay for anything in the store

No Greasy Film On Your Skin

This Bug Spray isn't greasy!  Have you ever tried some so called "natural" sprays that left an oily film all over your body?  Yuck!  The base of this is Witch Hazel and Water, so you won't fee like you just covered yourself in baby oil.  Which is especially good if you are hiking or doing anything active where you'll be working up a sweat.

How to Make your DIY Essential Oil Bug Spray

This will only take you a few minutes to mix together.  It's super fast and easy.  Before you get started, grab your ingredients from the list below.



  1. Add all the ingredients to your spray bottle.  
  2. Fill the bottle to the top with water.  You can use good old fashioned tap water for this.  Distilled is fine if you prefer it, but it's not necessary. 
  3. Shake gently to mix all the ingredients together.

To Use

Gently shake before using.  Spray over exposed skin while avoiding the eyes.

Don't want to DIY?

doTERRA Terrashield essential oil and spray is an effective natural mosquito and bug repellant

Not a DIY'er and don't want to hassle with making your own spray? An easy alternative to this diy bug spray, is to grab the pre-blended doTERRA TerraShield Bug Spray.  It comes in either a pre-made spray, or in a 15ml oil bottle so you can make your own spray and diffuse it.  

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Dawn Goehring

Holistic Living Mom with years of experience with essential oils. I have a doTERRA Essential Oil Specialist certification, and Aromatherapy with distinction diploma. Essential Oils enabled my son to live life again to his fullest after struggling to do basic activities like go to school and play soccer. Because his life was so drastically improved, a passion was ignited in me to learn as much as possible about essential oils, including how they are sourced, tested, and ultimately how they work in the body. I love to make my own all natural beauty products and rarely purchase cleaners or otc products from the store. doTERRA is the first essential oil brand I was ever introduced to and it has worked so well for us that I am now a loyal follower and educator.