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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.

Read more: Health, Health & Safety, Natural Remedies

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2:48AM PDT on Apr 12, 2014

metropolis stuff

12:52AM PDT on Apr 11, 2014

this is absolute magic

4:43AM PDT on Apr 4, 2014


10:28AM PDT on May 15, 2012

Read this article and a few others on the web after my dog got her first two sets of mating ticks! Really nasty! So I took the info here and from this website ( ) and made my own.

2 tbsp almond oil
cinnamon oil
rosewood oil
peppermint oil
grapefruit oil

Seems to be working just fine. Ticks, fleas and Mosquitoes all don't like citrus oils so this works to repel all three!

5:30AM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

Why do they post this shit and never respond to peoples questions/??

2:11PM PDT on May 20, 2011

Thanks, looking for something for my boy, but is this for me or the dog?

6:05PM PST on Dec 20, 2010


12:20AM PST on Nov 20, 2010

Thanks for the article.

8:07PM PDT on Apr 29, 2009

Thanks for the tick repellent!i really don't like them but who does:) I was wondering if you also knew a repellent that would work on horses and cats?If so I would really be great full!Thank you again

4:34AM PDT on Apr 25, 2009

Annie, thank you for your post about the Rose Geranium oil. With more than 10 years having past since you originally posted this suggestion, I'm wondering if Rose Geranium proved to be a worthwhile tick repellent. If you're still out there, could you let us know how your dogs did against the ticks using Rose Geranium? Thank you.

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Very sad for these little creatures.

well I will never do this but good for the people who do

An interesting, yet deep subject. It will be interesting to see if this project takes off or not. …


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