I hate ticks.
Yes, I know hate is a strong word, but I don’t know what else to say about them.
They’re creepy. They can spread scary diseases, and they seem to enjoy munching on my family.
While I know I can run out to my local drugstore and buy spray that will fend off ticks, I don’t like the thought of my children wearing such strong chemicals every day (or at all, really).
So I went online and read through my herbals to find natural insect repellents that others have not only used to ward off mosquitoes and other common bugs, but most importantly, ones that would keep the ticks off my kids.
The tick problem has become so bad that ten minutes outside will yield at least 1 tick. And we don’t even live in the woods! I tested the following recipes on my whole family and so far we haven’t seen any more.
Before I share the recipes, if you’re bitten by a tick and see a rash forming, or any other strange symptoms such as fever, chills, body aches, etc., consult your doctor. One of my children had an allergic reaction to her tick bites.
Now, the recipes:
For these, I used olive oil and V-6 oil, but you can also use jojoba oil or coconut oil.
I only used this one on my older children. For children under the age of 6, it’s suggested to use greater dilution. I applied this blend to their feet. You can also make it into a spray.
Since this requires lemon and orange, be extra cautious as they can lead to photo-sensitivity.
This recipe is great, especially since Purification has antimicrobial properties and is my go-to first-aid oil. The original recipe called for citronella. I substituted with Purification, since it includes citronella in its blend. Because of the lemon, though, please be careful as it can cause photo-sensitivity.
This can also be used as a spray, but be sure to use a glass spray bottle.
As a spray:
As a massage oil:
For my younger ones, I used lavender instead of lemon.
The simplest of all the ones I tried! Thieves is a household mainstay in our family. We diffuse it during cold and flu season and now we diffuse it to repel ticks.
My Two Top Picks:
All the recipes above seemed to work, and I included them all because everyone has different needs. For our family, we’ll continue using Thieves and the Purification/Lavender recipe. After mixing, I massaged the oil onto their bodies, avoiding their face. We’ve found several ticks either in or behind their ears, so I carefully applied some around the back of their ears.
Do you know of other recipes to try? Is so, please share below. And if you try any of these, let me know how they work for you.
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