dogs & cats

Natural Tick Repellent for Dogs (and People)

Since adopting our dog, Eleanor, just over a year ago, she has been a constant companion. She is with us on every walk, every hike, errand runs, and never leaves our side while working the garden. We love her for her gentle and obedient nature that allows her to be such a full member of this family. The downside is, her adventures put her in the cross hairs of ticks more frequently.


In the past, Ellie would get checked after each outdoor outing, but there were times a tick or two would get by us. Over time, we became increasingly uncomfortable with the consistency of tick findings. We knew we weren’t accepting of the idea of chemically approaching the tick situation. We needed a natural solution for both our dog and ourselves.


Cue the essential oils. There are many natural ways to eliminate or reduce ticks. For us, the easiest, best smelling, and most effective route was using a pair of essential oils. Here is what works for us.

Natural Tick Repellent for Dogs (and people)

Our ingredients:

Citronella essential oil– natural plant based insect repellent

Rose Geranium essential oil – natural bug repellent that also heals insect bites and stops itching

Sweet Almond oil – good all-purpose carrier oil


For every teaspoon of the almond carrier oil, we add 2-3 drops of each essential oil. We mix all of the oils in an old ramekin. This lets us easily dip in to it and apply where needed.

The application of natural tick repellent is a family affair. Ryan, Ellie, and I gather around and lather up before heading for the outdoors. To treat Ellie, we get a little natural repellent on our fingertips and rub it on each of her legs, above her tail, and around her neck. Any excess repellent left on our hands is rubbed on her underbelly and collar. Every time the repellent is applied, we all return tick-free.


Our natural solution to tick repellent has saved us a lot of money and the health of our dog. It’s nice to have peace of mind while enjoying the great outdoors knowing we are all staying safe from pesky ticks.

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    April 23, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    I’m going to have to try this on my two. Now, you need to come up with a good flea repellent! I hate giving my dogs chemical pills, but flea infestations are the worst.

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      this natural dream
      April 26, 2016 at 10:57 pm

      We haven’t encountered fleas (knock on wood), but apparently citronella and rose geranium essential oils are also good for repelling them as well! If you are experiencing an outbreak, we’d recommend using a non-toxic powder called Diatomaceous Earth. We talked about its benefits in the garden in a post last summer, but it is helpful and safe for pets just the same. You’ll have to let us know if it does the trick for you.


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    May 14, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Thank you for this great suggestion. I have the ingredients for the natural tick repellent and
    I am ready to go. However, I read this warning on Edens Garden website:
    “*We do not recommend using essential oils on pets, unless under the care of a veterinarian or aromatherapist.”
    Do I need to be concerned.
    Thank you for your informative site.

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      this natural dream
      May 16, 2016 at 11:16 pm

      Using the carrier oil and trying the oils lightly on our dog was our way of taking caution. Like people, it’s hard to say how an animal will react. You could try it lightly on your pet and see if there is a negative response, but if you want to have a complete peace of mind before applying speak with your vet first.


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    February 20, 2019 at 11:41 am

    Why do you put almond oil in?

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