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)
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.