Green Girl Ticks Off Ticks

Not going to lie, we’ve been getting some pretty freaky storms up here in the northeast. Major thunder. Lots of hail. Intense lightning. Well, the other day one of these storms hit at about 10:30 a.m. I, of course, was still asleep, and mother was away, much to my dogs’ chagrin. I woke with a start as I heard a combination of booming thunder, pelting rain, and my bedroom door cracking as my dogs catapulted themselves at it, trying to get my attention.

They don’t like thunder storms. Though I would have preferred to sleep a tad longer, I grudgingly got up and went downstairs, where I sat in one of our tall white chairs (like bar stools, only comfy, white, and with backs). Clayo, a sprightly dog of 9, pranced around nervously and whimpered. Sammy, meanwhile, who is nearing 12 and is not the most active dog you will ever meet, expended literally more energy than I have seen him use over the past couple of years in his amazingly successful attempt to leap up onto my lap. Clayo, clearly jealous, then tried to leap up on top of me as well. Oh, goodness. It was quite chaotic. And there were many sharp dog nails.

Point being, though my first thought should have been to the intensity of a storm that could possibly provoke such behavior from my dogs, it was instead, TICKS. First of all, it should be known that my mother and I are no stranger to tick-born illnesses. We have each had Lyme Disease at least 5 times and other tick borne diseases Ehrlichiosis, Rickettsia, and Babesiosis numerous times. Which, though shocking, isn’t that surprising–we live in the middle of the woods in upstate New York, and we have two dogs that love to roam.

Luckily, when it became clear that ticks were, indeed, a problem, mother researched tick repellants like it was nobody’s business. Her findings? Nothing keeps the ticks away like a little rose geranium. If you have pets, just dab a tiny bit of rose geranium essential oil on their collars. (But not too much or it will drive them insane!) It’s amazingly effective. And if you work outside, or spend much time rolling around in the grass, then buy a rose geranium tick repellant, like Quantum Herbal Products’ 100% Natural Herbal Tick Spray. I wear it everyday at the garden, and I have yet to find a tick on me (which is amazing, since ticks seem to have a special affinity for me. Even in the winter.). So, while my first thought, as my dogs leapt onto me, was to the unfortunate possibility of Lyme Disease, my second thought was one of relief as I realized that, most likely, my dogs did not have ticks on them.

Note to self: Much love to rose geranium.

Lily Berthold-Bond grew up in a chemical-free zone and has struggled her whole life to understand and accept this non-commercial lifestyle. Now a sophomore at Tufts University, she has embraced her green life and hopes to share its possibilities with the rest of her generation.


Cheryl B.
Cheryl B5 years ago

great to know, becuase in southern USA, if the mosquitoes don't pack us off, the ticks will.....

Terry Vanderbush
Terry V5 years ago


Anabelle Rodriguez

I have found that fighting tick´s related diseases like ehrlichiosis in my 4 legs patients, the most succesful sinergy was doxicicline many months of a nutritional suplement like Vidacell until having 3 or 4 negative tests. Anabelle Rodriguez . DVM.

John S.
Past Member 7 years ago


Robert O.
Robert O7 years ago


Cindy Mericle
Cindy Mericle8 years ago

Hello. I am desperate for a safe tick repellent for our dogs. We live in Maryland and the ticks are terrible - we walk our dogs daily in a state park close to our home and I am torn between my paranoia of ticks, and the absolute joy (not to mention the exercise) our golden mix gets from running through the entire park looking for deer to chase. I comb them every day upon return but it is almost impossible to find all ticks before one or more attaches. Is there anything that works? Please help.
Thank you, Cindy

Bill U.
Bill U.8 years ago


Vural K.
Past Member 8 years ago


Athena K.
Athena K.9 years ago

Well, Lyme can go into remission for periods of time. It is possible that your supposed "combating" the 1st infection simply nuked it into remission and then it e-emerged later on repeatedly. I had that happen to me, I nuked it enough that it went away for a year and then re-emerged, but more severely.

Treatment usually must be constant and for years to make sure you actually beat out the critters completely. It is not that part of the organism always stays in you that makes you more succeptible to re-infection.. it is that the organism can go dormant for however long so you feel you "beat" it only to have it re-emerge down the road.

Annie Bond
Past Member 9 years ago

HI Julie,
I am sorry you are so sick; I was also that sick for about 18 months (with babesia and other tick-borne diseases also), and thought if I was put on one more drug I'd die, literally. What I am about to tell you is not medical advice, but will explain where Lily is coming from (and may give you some ideas for other methods that might help you). Having nothing left to loose and feeling hopeless, I went to a woman who had a machine that is similar to a biomeridian ( I started working at my desk the next day after my first treatment. Since then we've managed our tick-borne cases with an eclectic blend of the biomeridian, the QXCI, and consider antibiotics for fresh bites. Again, this is not medical advice at all, but defense of why we have been able to fold Lyme's into our lives as part of our lives yet not be so frightened, even when it is systemic.