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Herbal Tick Repellent for Dogs

Herbal Tick Repellent for Dogs

I dug deep in my herbal formula books for this recipe out of desperation, given that I live in the epicenter of the tick-generated Lyme disease epidemic. I tested the essential oil that is recommended for ticks, Rose Geranium, by putting a few drops—no more!—on our dogs’ collars, to see if it would repel ticks. Lo and behold, we went from 20 ticks a day on each dog to none. The second best essential oil for repelling ticks is American Pennyroyal (also called tickweed).

2 tablespoons vegetable or nut oil (almond oil contains sulfur, a repellent in its own right)
10 to 25 drops Rose Geranium essential oil

Combine the ingredients in a glass jar; shake to blend.
Make: 2 tablespoons with a shelf life of about six months.
Dab a few drops on your skin or clothing, making sure to avoid eyes.
Skip the Pennyroyal if there is anyone pregnant (including pets) in the home, as it can induce miscarriage. And as always, use essential oils with caution as they can burn the skin and harm eyes. Don’t use these essential oils around cats.

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By Annie B. Bond

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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2:20PM PDT on Jun 5, 2015

Thanks for sharing, you don´t always need chemical repellents!!!

7:29AM PST on Feb 26, 2015

awesome stuff

9:04PM PST on Jan 14, 2015

nice collectin dude

9:24PM PST on Nov 3, 2014

very nice

12:07AM PDT on Nov 1, 2014

so lovely

11:35PM PDT on Oct 29, 2014

just one word-impressive

2:16AM PDT on Sep 20, 2014


1:12AM PDT on Aug 27, 2014

great loved it

1:00AM PDT on Aug 27, 2014

superbly done

12:37AM PDT on Aug 27, 2014

this is awesome :-)

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