I love the Spring, Summer and Fall and I love hiking in the woods with my German Shepherd. But what I don't love are the mosquitoes, other bugs and ticks and I especially do not like mosquito and tick
Most insect repellents out there are loaded with toxic chemicals, including the pesticide DEET, which is so poisonous that even the Environmental Protection Agency says you should wash it off your skin when you return indoors, avoid breathing it in and not spray it directly on your face. Think about it–if this chemical can kill mosquitoes, it can likely do some harm to other life forms too. – Dr. Mercola
Years ago we went to an outdoor BBQ deep into the woods. The second we stepped out of the car, there were sworms of bat sized mosquitoes, I could not believe my eyes. I had my homemade lotion in my purse, which I don't go anywhere without, made with essential oils. We slathered that on and continued into the party. Throughout the party everyone was swatting at mosquitoes and low and behold we didn't have even one land on us. I was a true believer from that moment that essential oils are the most effective and healthiest repellent available. Since using this homemade bug and tick repellent, Tucker has not had 1 single bug, tick or mosquito on him.
1 Item Tick and Bug Repellent
Animal Scents RepelAroma Essential Oil Blend™
What is in Animal Scents RepelAroma Essential Oil?
Carrier Oil – Coconut Oil and Glycerin (Caprylic/capric triglyceride)
Citronella Essential Oil (Syzygium aromaticum) was used traditionally to prevent food spoilage. Use it around the house and barn and bring on your camping trip. Popularly used as a deterrent.
Idaho Tansy Essential Oil (Tanacetum vulgare) has been used traditionally for supporting the digestive system*. Listed in E. Joseph Montagna's The Herbal Desk Reference on herbal formulas, tansy may support healthy skin.
Palo Santo Essential Oil (Bursera graveolens) is a very spiritual essential oil. In the frankincense fmaily, palo santo is known as a spiritual oil and is called holy wood. Used by the Incas to purify and cleanse the spirit from negative energies.
Melaleuca alternifolia Essential Oil (Tea Tree Oil) for its ability to support healthy skin* and is cleansing.
There are many essential oils, known for being excellent natural insect repellents. Here are just some of them: Citronella, Clove, Lemongrass, Lemon Eucalyptus, Cedarwood, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Cedar, Catnip, Lavender, Peppermint, Basil, Rose Geranium, Cinnamon Oil, Thyme, Lemon, Orange, Pine.
NOTE: Keep in mind that with EO's – quality matters. As a naturopath, I only recommend using Young Living oils. The cheaper EO's (amazon and many store bought oils) typically are not even plant oils, but chemicals made to smell similar to plant oils. Placing those chemicals on your pet, diffusing (breathing) or if they ingest them, can be very dangerous. With Young Living oils, they are therapeutic.
Many of these different essential oils work especially well for specific pests, according to the research. (Source) Here are some of the more well known pests and essential oils that work as repellents for them:
Mosquitos – citronella, lemon eucalyptus, peppermint, lemon, eucalyptus, catnip, basil, clove, thyme, lemongrass, geranium, lavender
Fleas – cedarwood, citronella, eucalyptus, tea tree oil, lemongrass, lavender, orange, pine,
Ticks – rose geranium, juniper, rosewood, thyme, grapefruit, oregano
How to Make Homemade Essential Oil Insect Repellent Spray
- 2 ounces of distilled water
- 1.5 ounces witch hazel or vodka
- 10-20 drops total of essential oils, I usually blend 3-4 different oils together.
- Be sure to include lemon eucalyptus oil, it has been shown to have the same effect as DEET.
- Spray bottle. I love this 4 ounce glass bottle.
- Optional - one small squirt of castile soap to help distribute the oil better (about ¼ teaspoon)
- OR simply just use RepelAroma from YL
- Fill spray bottle with water.
- Add witch hazel or vodka to fill almost to the top, leave a gap to be able to shake thoroughly.
- Add 10-20 drops of essential oils to the bottle. The more oils you use, the stronger the spray will be
- Place sprayer top on bottle and gently shake.
- Spray on skin and clothes for you and head to tail for your dog, avoid eyes and mucous membranes.
- Note: This can double for a body spray and a room spray.
- You can also make a lotion. Use the essential oils and add to a lotion. This is my FAVORITE one
- OR simply just use RepelAroma from YL
- Apply 2–4 drops to your hands and pet onto your animal’s coat.*
- Add to a 1 oz. spray bottle and spritz generously on your animal’s coat or skin.*
- *Carefully apply according to the size and species of animal.
- General rule: Dilute more for smaller species.