Natural Tick Repellent That Really Works!
I cannot tell you how excited I am to discover this ridiculously easy, natural tick repellent that really works!
But before I spill the secret, let me give you some background information:
We just moved to a property deep in the woods of Pennsylvania.
My dog and I were diagnosed at the same time with Lyme Disease 2 summers ago.
We caught it early, got treated and now we’re all better.
I hike and/or creek swim in the woods with my dog 5 to 6 days a week, March through October.
Where I currently live has the greatest number of confirmed Lyme Disease cases in the whole country.
I hate harmful chemicals.
Before I discovered this natural tick repellent, we’ve been pulling a minimum of 3 to 4 ticks off my dog each day and usually one to two on me.
I hate ticks.
My husband told me we had to figure something out with all these ticks or else he wanted to put Frontline on my dog.
I hate Frontline.
It’s full of dangerous chemicals and not good for dogs (or for people that love to hug and cuddle their pets).
Okay, got all that?
So then a few weeks ago, my essential oil guru, Meagan from Growing Up Herbal, wrote a guest post on Primally Inspired teaching us how to make super easy homemade bug repellent oils. I tried her easy recipe since bugs are terrible where I live this time of year. Her homemade oil recipe worked like a charm! Truth be told, it even surprised me how well it worked.
In the post, she also mentioned that Rose Geranium Essential Oil was a good tick repellent for animals. So I contacted my holistic vet to make sure it was ok and bought some Rose Geranium oil and then hoped and prayed it would work or else I would have to go the Frontline route.
I put a drop of Rose Geranium Oil in between my dogs shoulder blades and a drop at the base of his tail each day before we go outside. That’s it.
I also put a drop on the insides of my wrist and a drop behind my ears.
We did our daily hike and creek swim in the woods. We came back. No ticks.
What, no ticks?! I thought this is too good to be true.
To this day, I have not pulled one single tick off my dog or me. We went from pulling 3 to 4 ticks a day off him to NONE. Zip. Zero. Nada. (*update 3/22/14 – it’s been going on over 8 months now and no ticks!!!!!!!)
This is huge!
I have no idea why Rose Geranium oil works so well, but honestly, I don’t even care. Okay, scratch that – I’m a nerd and I am kind of curious to learn why it works so well, so if you know, please enlighten me.
I’m just so happy that I don’t have to put Frontline on my dog and that I found something completely natural that costs way less than Frontline AND that really works for both me and my dog! (and it smells really, really good!)
HERE’S the kind I bought (I figure that this bottle will last me at least a year):
If you want to check out the homemade bug repellent oil recipes that I use that really work CLICK HERE.
And leave me a comment if you already use Rose Geranium Oil or have been successful with any other natural tick repellent 🙂
UPDATE 6/2/2015 — Many people have asked if they could make a Homemade Tick Spray out of Rose Geranium. Yes, you can! Click the play button below for my how-to video:
You can also CLICK HERE to take you to the Tick Spray blog post.
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