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Tick Season is Here

Natural ways to Repel Ticks

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Spring will be here before you know it! I love Spring and the warm weather! What I don’t like are the ticks! With the weather warming up and ticks beginning to emerge, I have already pulled two off my boys this year. Now is the time to be proactive.

When we go to places like the parks, friend’s homes, and the rail trail, We need portable coverage. I make Essential Oil based sprays to repel ticks and mosquitoes!! It is super easy! You can do it too!! There are so many recipes out there!

I have made up my own from combining different versions and my knowledge from aromatherapy school. 

I use a water-based spray. Oil based sprays tend to last longer but can stain your clothes. I bring the water-based spray with me and reapply as needed!

You will need the following items below to get started:

4 (2oz) or 2 (4 oz) glass spray bottles (If you must use plastic, use -PET)

4 oz Witch Hazel or Vodka (replace with Jojoba oil, for an oil-based spray)

4 oz Water (replace with Jojoba oil, for an oil-based spray)

4 tsp Epsom Salt (this can be omitted but helps kill ticks, & prevents the oils from sticking to the bottle)

20-24 drops of each essential oil (Geranium, Rosemary, Marjoram, Lavender, Melaleuca, and Lemon) Lemon Eucalyptus Tree Oil has been found to be as effective as DEET. It is not recommended to use on children younger than 3 though. I do not use it, as I have a 3-year-old and I use this spray on my small dog. If you have older children or don’t plan on spraying your pet, then you may want to add this oil as well.

I mix everything into a glass measuring cup. You can also use a glass jar.

Step 1- Add the Epsom Salt into the glass.

Step 2- Add your combination of oils into the bottle and gently shake to combine the salt and oils.

Step 3- Add your witch hazel or vodka.

Step 4- Add your water and gently shake to combine.

Step 5- Pour into your spray bottles.

Step 6- Shake and spray!

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