Ticks seem to be pretty bad this year. In fact, I've found four ticks on me earlier this year and my son got a couple ticks on him just walking to the neighbor's house. So, I decided to create a natural tick repellent spray for us to use daily (even our dogs) this season.
Most people are aware that ticks can carry Lyme disease, but there are many co-infections of Lyme disease that are also carried by ticks.
In fact, according to the CDC 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported every year, but they estimate over 300,000 illnesses actually occur each year and don't get reported. This number doesn't even include the many co-infections of Lyme disease.
The standard test for Lyme disease isn't very effective as it can give a lot of false negatives because it measures the antibodies not the actual bacteria.
The rate of Lyme disease is increasing and there is now an argument that it may be carried by other insects including mosquitoes and fleas. The good news is that some essential oils can repel ticks and mosquitoes.
So what are these essential oils that work so well? The oils I have found to be the most effective for our family and pets is a blend of Cedarwood, Lavender, Lemongrass, Citronella, Peppermint, Geranium, Oregano, Thyme and Clove bud.
Follow the recipe to create your own all natural essential oil blend. I choose to use Young Living Essential oils due to their strong therapeutic concentration.
How To Make All Natural Tick Repellent Spray
"Clove bud, creeping thyme and red thyme essential oils were the most efficient - repelling 83, 82 and 68% of ticks when diluted to 3%, respectively." (Source)
Mix 8-10 drops of each oil listed above.
Shake well before each use and spray on body and clothes.
A research study showed the effectiveness of blending various oils together to create more effective results especially thyme and citronella.
"The mixture of creeping thyme and citronella containing 1.5% of each showed higher repellency (91%) than individual essential oils at the concentration of 3%."(Source)
What’s good to get rid of ticks and misquotes
A combination of thyme, oregano, peppermint, clove and citronella mixed into a roller ball with some fractionated coconut oil seems to do a good job at repelling both ticks and mosquitos.
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