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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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12:34AM PDT on Jul 16, 2014

past desires !!

12:13AM PDT on Jul 16, 2014

woww this is fantastic

12:28AM PDT on Jul 13, 2014

lovely dog :)

11:30PM PDT on Jul 12, 2014

love your stuff $$$$$$$

8:11AM PDT on May 27, 2014

How often should you reapply it to dogs?

8:04AM PDT on May 27, 2014

where do I find all these oils. what kind of store. thanks patty

8:04AM PDT on May 27, 2014

where do I find all these oils. what kind of store. thanks patty

8:04AM PDT on May 27, 2014

where do I find all these oils. what kind of store. thanks patty

5:02AM PDT on May 27, 2014

Love our loyal friend and family

7:12AM PDT on May 22, 2014

Why can t you use essential oils around cats

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