DIY Tick Repellent
Are you excited to be one with nature this summer? Well you're not the only one. Ticks are also psyched for summer and are ready to be one with you, and your little dog too!
Since ticks transmit bacteria, parasites and viruses such as Lyme disease it's important to stay protected. If you're looking for a natural and effective tick repellent, you've come to the right place. With this particular essential oil we're going off the ticks radar - as this oil prevents ticks from detecting your presence.
ESSENTIAL OILS FOR EVERYTHING
Are you skeptical about essential oils after hearing that they can provide almost every benefit imaginable? Well, I've got news: these tiny bottles aren't just mystery oils that make things smell nice... Some EO's actually smell horrid (no offence, nature).
GOOD TO KNOW: You should first know that when I say essential oil, I am referring to trusted brands of therapeutic grade essential oils, not a synthetic fragrance oil. Not sure which brands to trust? My favourite line is Essential Botanicals, this flower-power Canadian creates all their products with passion and good intention. Read more about Decoding Labels here.
Essential oils are legit. These oils are actually the concentrated essence of a plant, and the natural fragrance contains powerful therapeutic properties. Just one drop of essential oil can be 75-100 times stronger than the dried whole herb! Now, who doesn't love a good example to put things into perspective: it can take up to 27 square feet of a lavender field to produce a 15ml bottle of essential oil. Yes, they are powerful!
In a plant, these natural oils work like our own endocrine and immune system, but for the plant these oils function as plant hormones that are stored in the plant plasm and they work to oxygenate, carry nutrients, vital elements and chemical constituents to every cell. They also contain healing nutrients such as trace minerals, vitamins, hormones, amino acid precursors and other components.
Essential oils give a plant the ability to destroy infections, stave off infestations, initiate and maintain growth, and repair structural damage. The essential oil is literally a plant's life force, and when we extract the properties we have concentrated the essence of the plant in a bottle - for our own use and benefit.
Maybe you've heard that essential oils are beneficial for repelling ticks? But you aren't sure which ones to use?
No more la-di-da-ing, let's get going on the tick repellent so that you can get out in nature!
GERANIUM ROSE OIL
'Pelargonium roseum': botanical language for geranium rose, has been found very effective at repelling ticks. This oil is extracted from the leaves and stalks of the plant with steam distillation. Geranium rose has a earthy and fruity smell that ticks just detest.
A ticks front legs contain organs that pick up on odor, carbon dioxide, temperature, and movement. These little weirdos have these measures to sense your presence. However the power of rose geranium oil masks your human scent and protects your dog too!
A 2013 study in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry found that geranium rose oil repels ticks with 90 percent effectiveness.
Say bye-bye to those pesky ticks!
HOW TO USE GERANIUM ROSE OIL
- Geranium Rose Oil is a gentle essential oil and can be applied directly to the skin
- Apply a drop behind your neck, on each ankle and in your navel area
- See below for a tick repellent spray to apply to your clothing
FOR YOUR DOG:
- Apply a single drop of Geranium Rose Oil at the base of the tail, a drop between the shoulder blades and on your dogs collar.
- Remember that dogs are sensitive to scents, you may need to use more or less depending on your dogs size and individual needs.
WHAT ABOUT THE KITTY-CATS?:
- Essential oils are toxic for cats as they are unable to metabolize them. If you are a cat owner, stick to the diluted geranium oil tick spray which is even gentler and apply away from the kitty!
DIY TICK REPELLENT SPRAY
HOW TO MAKE:
-Add 15 drops of geranium rose oil to the glass spray bottle
-Add 3 tablespoons of the pure witch hazel or apple cider vinegar to the spray bottle
-Fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water
-Spritz yourself and your dog (avoiding eyes, nose, mouth) with your creation before heading outside, reapply every hour or two as needed
FOR YOUR DOG:
-Dogs are sensitive to essential oils and other fragrance. Needs will vary from pet to pet. A spritz or two should be enough for your dog.
-Always add a drop of geranium oil to the collar for extra prevention.