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 3/22/19 – it’s been over 6 years now and this is still working for us!!!!)
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.
Pin this natural tick repellent with Rose Geranium HERE: