Pioneer Woman at Heart
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One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Dog (and Human) Tick Repellant ~
I found this recipe in a copy of The Herb Quarterly several years ago. I lost it, then ordered a back issue of the magazine.
(for adults, dogs, and children older than 5 - otherwise they recommend using a gentle rose geranium hydrosol)
2 oz. jojoba oil
20 drops geranium essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
Combine all ingredients, place in small bottle and label. To use: Before going outdoors, apply this oil to any exposed skin. For dogs, place a few drops on your hands and then gently smooth the oil over the coat. If you prefer spray, substitute 2 oz. of distilled water for the jojoba oil, and place all ingredients in a small spray bottle. Spritz over your hair, clothing and skin. Repeat as necessary. (From The Herb Quarterly Magazine, Summer 2009).
I do recommend organic oils. So far, this is working for us and for the dogs. I'm not sure if you can use it on other animals, but wanted to share. There is a concern for using it on young children, but you could research it for other animals.
My son is constantly picking up ticks on his legs when he walks the dogs around the 6 acres here. He just rubs some on his legs and arms to prevent them from attaching. It's a nice way to repel ticks naturally.
Note: It was recommended by my Herbalist to never store your oils in the refrigerator. She recommended storing them in a cool/dry place. There is too much moisture in the refrigerator.