Essential oils have been proven effective against preventing tick bites. This is a win in my books because above being natural and free of chemicals, essential oils boast loads of other health benefits. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rosemary, geranium, lemongrass, cedar and peppermint are all effective choices. In my opinion, however, Geranium oil is the best pick. Why?
Geranium oil is said to be gentle enough to apply directly to the skin. It is advised, however, to always use a carrier oil, especially if you have sensitive skin.
For adults, mix 12 drops of geranium oil with 2 tbsps of carrier oil
Carrier Oil Examples:
Making a spray is handy to use as a repellent on clothes or on your body.
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a small spray bottle. Shake before each use.
Application: Spray on skin and/or clothing
*This ratio of oils is safe for adults. For use on children, consult your practitioner*
First off, know that Geranium Oil is not safe to use on cats. It is, however, safe for use on dogs and can be a very effective method to prevent bites and to avoid your dog bringing ticks back into your home. How should it be done?
(Some sources say it’s okay to apply undiluted oil directly, however, I stand by the notion that diluted is always safest and avoids irritation)
Thankfully, there are these methods to avoid getting bit by one (or some) of these blood suckers. That being said, they are sneaky and agile, so never forget to scan yourself (and your children or dog) after a day spent outside.
It is also a good idea to throw your clothes in a dryer and put it on high for at least 10 mins to kill any ticks that may be hiding in your clothes. Taking a shower or bath as soon as you can is also great help.
I’ve never been bit, but I’ve found one crawling around my house after a hike…Another time I was hiking with a friend and she noticed a tick on her sandwich – good thing she noticed before taking a bite!
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