Prevention is the best way to avoid the irritating bite, the itching, and the devastating effects of Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and other tick-borne diseases. Ticks may be out in full force, but there are natural remedies that are safer to use than Deet, we can buy or make to fend them off.
- CEDAR OIL SPRAY is a non-toxic, natural tick and insect repellent. It can be sprayed directly on clothing and skin. It is safe for use on humans and pets.
- AROMATHERAPY OILS don't just smell great. Some essential oils are natural tick repellents too. Keep ticks off with lemon, orange, cinnamon, lavender, peppermint, or rose geranium. Any of these or a combination can be used in DIY sprays, or added to almond oil, and rubbed on exposed skin.
- LEMON EUCALYPTUS, CITRONELLA AND TEA TREE oils are also known to repel ticks and insects.
After getting numerous tick bites early this spring, I began researching all the scents that repel ticks, and combined several in a DIY tick and mosquito repellent. I spray it on my shoes, legs and arms just before going on my morning walk outdoors, or when mowing our acreage of grass. This spray smells so good, it could double as air freshener.
So, here's the concoction we've found successful in keeping ticks off. When you smell it, you'll say,
I can't believe its not perfume, Tick & Mosquito Repellent
Add the following to a spray bottle:
1 1/2 cups Purified Water
1 ounce Apple Cider Vinegar
10 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil
10 drops of Citronella essential oil
5 drops of Rose Geranium essential oil
5 drops Cinnamon essential oil
Cap and shake gentle to combine ingredients. Avoid spraying on face or near the eyes. You can also spray this repellent on patio furniture to keep bugs off.
What to do when returning indoors
If you see a tick crawling on your clothing, or have ventured into a known tick infested area...
- grab a sticky tape lint roller to remove any ticks from your clothing. Some are tiny and hard to detect on dark clothing.
- toss your clothes into a hot dryer for 10 to 15 minutes to kill any hidden ticks.
- do a full-body check. Brush your hair and shower.
Deborah Tukua is the editor of Journey to Natural Living and the author of the healthy fresh from the blender recipe book, Naturally Sweet Blender Treats. She is a freelance writer for the Farmers' Almanac and Chiropractic Economics magazine and author of the book, Marketing Strategies for Chiropractic Success.
Deborah is co-owner of the business, Ultimate H2O Solutions. To read more informative, healthy living articles by D. Tukua, visit her company blog, H20 Solutions.