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Herbal or Essential Oil Insect/Tick Repellant

I've posted this in the garden room and thought I would add it here as well.  I'm getting devoured by the pesky little mosquito &  my Siberian Husky is suffering from an influx of ticks in our area.  I'm spending a lot of my time grooming her because I don't want to subject myself or my animals to chemical toxins. 

I consume lots of B vitamins & garlic,  so those two theories aren't working for me.  Does anyone have a home remedy for an herbal or essential oil insect/tick repellant?  The ticks in our area this year have come by the droves.  I want something for myself and the pests, plus our Siberian Husky is being bombarded and I DO NOT want to use toxins in or on her.  I have tried citronella but I have to apply it to her collar everyday and she really can't stand it.  Anyway, I just thought someone may have an herbal or essential oil remedy.  Thanks in advance for your response!  xoxo~/~Rita

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Comment by Deborah Grissam on July 3, 2011 at 5:07am

Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent- I use this for myself and it works.  It is not for children under 3 - It might work for dogs.

Bite Blocker Organic Extreme Insect Repellent- I bought this over the internet for my 16 month old granddaughter and it works great. You might could use it on a dog.  It does not smell that great and you would have to apply it often. 


Not sure if these will work for dogs but you can research on the internet

Comment by lola628 on July 3, 2011 at 5:06am
p.s.   oh wait,....  I just googled tick repellant specifically and found a recommendation for geranium oil and lavender oil mixed into a carrier oil, perhaps that would work better for your dog, if she/he can tolerate the smell!
Comment by lola628 on July 3, 2011 at 5:00am

I just bought four essential oils this weekend, plus a "carrier oil" of linseed -- I don't recommend the linseed oil though because once it's on the skin it doesn't smell very nice - perhaps you could use almond oil as a carrier oil. 


Anyway, here is the bug repellant mixture I use:

Lemon grass oil

lemon oil

eucalpytus oil

peppermint oil

Mix a few drops of each oil into your carrier oil and rub into your skin - at the temples, back of neck, wrist, knees.  Good luck!

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