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Kid & Pet Friendly Tick Repellent

June 04, 2015 14 Comments

Kid & Pet Friendly Tick Repellent

 

Summertime, sweet summertime!  Golden days packed full of outdoor activities with the sun on our shoulders is all glory, until the biting begins!  Go outside prepared with a safe and sane natural alternative to DEET that's kid and pet friendly with some sunscreen protection to boot! This year we're spending our summer in the mountains of Wyoming with a puppy in tow!  Now I'm more concerned than ever about ticks and how to repel them without using harmful chemicals like DEET, proven to be harmful to humans (soft puppy bellies included) and the environment.  A natural version with a touch of sunscreen protection is easy to make with a few ingredients and takes only minutes to blend! It's important to know that ticks operate mostly by using their sense of smell, this is why pure essential oils can be effective. Ticks don't jump or fall from trees, instead, they do something called "questing." They climb to the top of a blade of grass or plant and stick their front legs up in the air, waiting for the scent of a victim to walk by. If you find one on your head, then it crawled there...they don't jump. Their front pair of legs have what are called Haller's organs, which detect smell, temperature, movement and carbon dioxide. This is how they know that you are coming. And since it is well known that they like warmth and moisture, they are waiting for a warm, moist environment to call their home. According to the experts, ticks are not attracted to the scent of several essential oils which I'll list below or, vinegar. I know I say this a lot, but the versatility of essential oils make them the best value around for true health and wellness at home, in the wilderness, travel or on the farm. Just had to mention that because it still blows my mind how nature has us covered!tick-repellent

 I found this article interesting: How to Get Ticks off Dogs and where to look!  Furry pets are especially vulnerable because they're closer to the ground and their fur is an easy grab-on for ticks.

According to my own research there are a few essential oils that are particularly effective in a tick repellent, which of course, can double as a good all round bug repellent too:

Lastly, vinegar.  It can be white vinegar or apple cider vinegar but either one is stinky to a tick so I add it!  Also, I've become so enamored of Carrot Seed essential oil and it's high SPF (35 - 48) that I've started adding small amounts to lip balm, bug repellent and moisturizer.  Remember, an essential oil won't protect you from burning if you've been in the sun too long so be diligent about reapplying any kind of natural sunscreen and by all means cover up when needed! On the flip side, sun is healthy too, we need that vitamin D!
Ingredients
The following recipe is per one dark 4oz glass bottle
Directions
  1. Add essential oils of choice to 4 oz spray bottle
  2. Add vinegar
  3. Add Rosehip Seed Oil
  4. Top off bottle with Rose Water, attach spray top and tip back and forth to blend.
  5. Shake well before using, apply often especially when perspiring.
  6. Be careful not to get near the eyes.
  7. CHILDREN UNDER 8: Reduce essential oils to 10 drops each.
  8. Use in moderation on pets. A test patch is recommended for both you and your pet.
  9. Remember, your dogs sense of smell is much more powerful than yours, we all need to keep that in mind! Be careful around their nose and eyes, spraying repellent on a bandana then carefully applying by wiping on vulnerable areas is helpful and suggested.

    Recipe By: CampWander

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    14 Responses

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    There continues to be a debate about this but I’m a believer in the subtle SPF value of Carrot Seed. Keyword is “subtle”!

    Sherri
    Sherri

    May 10, 2017

    It is my understanding that carrot seed oil has the spf, but that no essential oil has sun protection. Could you please clarify? Thanks!

    Debora Cadene
    Debora Cadene

    May 10, 2017

    Hi Rebecca…do you have a recipie to help with the tick bites? They are super itchy, and it would be awesome to make a cream or lotion if possible.

    thanks,
    debbie.

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    Isopropyl alcohol isnt very skin friendly and a solvent. Alcohol free is the best choice for most skin applications.
    http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/703198/ISOPROPYL_ALCOHOL/

    Racheal
    Racheal

    May 10, 2017

    Most recipes I see call for alcohol free witch hazel. Will it hurt anything if I use witch hazel containing alcohol?

    Chris
    Chris

    May 10, 2017

    It is best not to use anything when removing a tick. If it does in fact have lyme disease it could in fact regurgitate it back into your skin. Just get some tweezers and grab it as far down as you can and pull straight up.. I have read many forums that say to twist while pulling but I have not confirmed if this is better or not. Right now I think not. So just pull straight up when removing these little spider related pest.

    Julee
    Julee

    May 10, 2017

    You can use one drop of Tea Tree Oil on the tick when it is latched and it will unlatch….

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    Yes, I’ve made it with and without Carrot Seed and it seems to work either way. Be sure to spray your pant legs, socks and shoes too!

    Barbara
    Barbara

    May 10, 2017

    I don’t have carrot seed oil. Will this still work without it or is there a replacement I could use?

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    Kim
    Kim

    May 10, 2017

    Would you know if all of these oils would be safe for horses? We have a tick problem in our pasture and they love getting in our horses manes.

    Rebecca
    Rebecca

    May 10, 2017

    Dee Dee, in many instances just a few spritzes of several drops of Lavender in an ounce of alcohol free witch hazel on bedding and bellies can be very helpful to repel and prevent flea infestation!

    Dee dee
    Dee dee

    May 10, 2017

    Do you have a flea killer and repellent protocol?

    Nancy
    Nancy

    May 10, 2017

    My vet sells a small tool called a TomTom which looks like a very tiny hammer claw. The package contained two sizes, a small and a larger version. It is the best thing I have ever used to remove a tick. You just slide the claw part right over the tick and pull. It gets the entire tick every time,

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