Essential Oils for Ticks on Dogs
DIY Natural Tick Spray
Over the last 4+ years, I have been using various natural flea and tick sprays for Dexter. It never seemed to matter which one I tried, they all seemed to work well, and WE (I used them too) were tick-and flea-free for those years, until last November when Dexter and I were vacationing in Vermont. I found a tick inside Dexter’s ear flap. We tested for Lyme disease, and he was cleared.
I chalked it up to being in a very high-tick location. But I also thought about the idea that when a dog’s immune system is low, they are more prone to ticks and other parasites. Then it happened again in April—I found a tick sucking on Dexter’s neck. Once again, I waited the 2-3 weeks after the bite to test for Lyme disease, and he is disease-free.
In my heart and head, I don’t think the tick problem really has anything to do with the prevalence of ticks in the area, or Dexter’s daily activities, because those are the same. I feel it has a lot to do with Dexter’s immune system. I’m tackling the ticks naturally in a variety of ways. First, I’m boosting Dexter’s immune system with healthy foods and herbs. I also made an essential oil Immune Booster For Dogs Blend and shampoo. I’ve added 1 tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar to his food two times a day, and feed Dexter one clove of garlic every 4 days.
Next, I made my own natural tick spray using essential oils that I feel are high-quality and safe. I spray the natural tick spray on four hair scrunchies and place them on Dexter’s feet prior to going outside. I also spray Dexter with this DIY natural tick spray and rub throughout his body, including his tail. When we return inside, I comb Dexter to ensure we do not have any hitchhikers. So far, our new regimen has been successful—knock on wood!
Natural Tick Spray for Dogs
- 7 oz Distilled Water
- 1 Tbsp Vegetable Glycerine
- ½ oz Organic Witch Hazel
- 1 Tsp Organic Almond Oil
- 10 Drops Grapefruit Seed Extract
- 2 drops Cedarwood (Atlas Cedar), Cedrus atlantica
- 2 drops Geranium, Pelargonium graveolens
- 2 drops Lavender, Lavandula angustifolia
- 2 drops Lemongrass, Cymbopogon flexuosus
- 2 drops Myrrh, Commiphora myrrha
- 2 drops Rosewood, Aniba rosaeodora
- Place all the ingredients into an 8 oz or larger amber or cobalt glass jar with a sprayer.
- Done! Easy-peasy.
Using an amber or cobalt bottle helps ensure the essential oils are properly stored. Light, heat, moisture, and oxygen all affect the oils’ properties and expiration date, so by properly storing your dog’s natural tick spray, you will be able to maintain potency.
6/29/17 Update: I have been spraying Dexter once a day and eliminated the garlic and still tick-free!
2/19/20 Update: Although the recipe above worked well, I have learned I really do not need any of the carriers. Straight distilled water with a good shake prior to application is all that is needed. I also have 4 new and improved Natural Tick Spray Recipes.
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