If you get a tick bite, there’s something you can do to drastically prevent your chance of getting Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and other tick-borne illnesses. It’s a natural remedy that works for people and animals (dogs, cats, horses, etc).
How to Prevent Lyme Disease (and other tick-borne illnesses) after a Tick Bite – For People and Animals
Just yesterday, I was in the grocery store, waiting in line to check out when I heard 2 ladies behind me talking about ticks.
Lady #1: “Did you hear the latest about that deadly Powassan virus from ticks? My brother found a tick on him and now he thinks he may have Lyme Disease.”
Lady #2: “I hate ticks. I won’t let my kids play in the woods anymore because I don’t want them to get a tick bite. It’s too scary.”
I’ve got to be honest. Hearing stuff like this makes me so sad. I’m a huge nature lover and I can’t think of much else that’s more enjoyable than playing, exploring, hiking and biking in the woods with my dog and my family. To me, there’s nothing quite like being right in the middle of God’s amazing creation, feeling the fresh air on my skin, hearing the bird chirping and seeing true natural beauty everywhere I look.
But with tick borne diseases like Lyme disease, Powassan virus, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI), and more getting so much media attention, it’s no wonder people are scared to venture out in the woods.
The media loves to over exaggerate claims, make mountains out of mole hills, spew out scary statistics and fill your mind with fear (which is why I refuse to watch the news and haven’t watched the news for over 12 years). When you live your life based on fear, you usually miss out on some of the very best stuff life has to offer!
I don’t know about you, but I refuse to let fear rule my life. That doesn’t mean that I’m burying my head in the sand, pretending that tick-borne diseases don’t exist. It means that I’ll take some tick precautions that are listed below. But to not enjoy the great outdoors because there’s a slim chance that I could get a tick-borne disease? Not me! I won’t let fear run my life.
FYI – It’s not my intention to downplay tick-related diseases. In fact, my dog and I were diagnosed with Lyme Disease about 7 years ago. Because of our Lyme Disease diagnosis’s, I’ve learned a lot about natural ways to prevent ticks and what to do if you do get a tick bite that drastically minimizes your chance of getting any tick-borne illness.
I hope the information I’ve learned can help someone out there and help prevent tick-borne illnesses from happening. I don’t let my Lyme disease diagnosis or prognosis define me. I strive to live each day to the fullest. Still in the woods. Still loving it as much as ever. A disease only defines you if you let it define you. It only holds you back if you let it hold you back. I truly hope this doesn’t come across as insensitive to those suffering from tick borne diseases. It’s coming from someone who did let it hold her back until the one day she decided that it wasn’t going to any longer.
The truth about ticks
As much as the media tries to scare you about the dangers of ticks and being bitten by a tick, the truth is, the risk of acquiring a tick-borne infection is quite low. Not all ticks have been infected. And even if the tick has been attached, fed, and is actually carrying an infectious agent, the risk of getting a tick-borne infection is still very low. (source)
“Ticks transmit infection only after they have attached and then taken a blood meal from their new host. A tick that has not attached (and therefore has not yet become engorged from its blood meal) has not passed any infection. Since the deer tick that transmits Lyme disease (and most other tick-borne infections) must feed for >36 hours before transmission of the spirochete, the risk of acquiring Lyme disease from an observed tick bite, for example, is only 1.2 to 1.4 percent, even in an area where the disease is common.” In other words, there’s an extremely high percentage (about 98%!!) that you have absolutely nothing to worry about even if you get bitten by a tick. (source)
What can you do to prevent ticks naturally?
Instead of fearing ticks and being afraid of venturing out in nature, let’s focus on effective solutions so you can fully enjoy your time in God’s creation. Here’s the thing: I don’t like the idea of putting toxic chemicals on me, my family or my pets. The good news is that I discovered a very effective natural remedy for ticks that’s been working for us (including my dog!) for the past 4 years:
#1: Natural Tick Repellent: Rose Geranium Essential Oil
I’ve been using Rose Geranium Essential Oil for the past 4 years as my natural tick repellent and it’s kept my entire family, including my dog, tick-free since using it. I tell everyone I know about this stuff! We use THIS rose geranium essential oil. (This is NOT a sponsored post and I am NOT affiliated with any essential oil companies.)
We’re a nature loving, active family and we live deep in the woods of Pennsylvania. We hike daily all throughout the woods and through brush. Before we discovered Rose Geranium Essential oil as a tick repellent, we were pulling at least 2 ticks off each of us daily (sometimes over 10!). Ever since I first posted about rose geranium essential oil as a natural tick repellent on my blog, the word has gotten out about it and many people have had a lot of success with it on themselves and their animals. Don’t just take my word for it. You can read the amazon reviews to see how well it works as a natural tick repellent HERE. I also have a very easy, homemade tick repellent spray recipe using rose geranium essential oil you can check out here:
#2: Do full body tick checks
Since almost all tick related illnesses require the tick to feed on you for a minimum of 24 hours, full body tick checks are one of your best defenses. Do a full body check on yourself, your kids and your animals every time you get back from the woods or grassy areas.
What should I do if I find a tick on me or get a tick bite?
If you do find a tick on yourself, your child or your pet, stay calm. Know that all ticks are not infected and even if they are, it’s still a very low chance of you getting infected. Here’s what you should do:
- Remove the tick as soon as you can using tweezers.
- With tweezers, grasp the tick by the head or mouth parts right where they enter the skin.
- Pull firmly and steadily outward. Do not jerk, twist or puncture the tick.
- Flush or kill the tick.
- Wash your hands.
- Clean the bite wound with 1 drop of tea tree essential oil (I use THIS one).
- Take Ledum as soon as possible after a tick bite (see below for more information on Ledum and dosing instructions).
Ledum: A natural defense to protect against tick-borne diseases from a tick bite
Ledum is my defense for tick diseases from a tick bite that I discovered after getting diagnosed with Lyme disease. I wish I would have known about it years ago and I want as many people as I can reach to know about it now.
Ledum is a nautral, homeopathic remedy and a highly effective defense against tick-borne diseases from a tick bite. Many holistic vets and Chinese Medicine doctors use it in their practice with great success after tick bites to prevent Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and all other tick related illnesses from a tick bite. It’s safe for all animals (dogs, cats, horses, etc) and people – it’s all natural with zero side effects. You want to take it as soon as you can after a tick bite. Doing so will drastically minimize your chance of getting any tick-borne illness from a tick bite. The dosing instructions are below.
Ledum dosage instructions per the advice of Dr. Margo Roman:
For humans: Dissolve 1 pellet of Ledum 30c under your tongue twice a day for 2 days following a tick bite. (Ledum 30C can be found at most health foods stores. If you can’t find it, click HERE to get it online.)
For animals: Give the same dose of Ledum 200c. If you pet spits the pellet out, you can dilute the pellet in 4 ounce of distilled water. Once the pellet has dissolved, shake briskly and give 1/4 teaspoon on the tongue. Keep the water in the refrigerator and discard it after the second day. (Ledum 200C is very hard to find locally – most health food stores only carry Ledum 30C. I get my Ledum 200c HERE.)
Go outside, enjoy the fresh air on your skin and allow yourself to feel the peacefulness of the pathless woods, worry free. There is so much beauty, adventure and inspiration waiting for you when you decide to kick your fears to the curb. Just remember to put on your rose geranium essential oil before you go out. Do your full body checks after you come back. And grab yourself some Ledum just in case you do get bitten by a tick.
Here’s to many happy days out in the woods!