Essential Oils that Repel Ticks

Essential Oils that Naturally Repel Ticks

Tick RepellentAvoid Lyme disease from Ticks with Essential Oils

You have probably heard that a tick bite can lead to contracting Lyme disease, but researchers are also learning that ticks can also transmit other dangerous diseases.

A tick is a type of arachnid that is also an extoparasite that will live off of the blood of humans and animals. During the blood-sucking process, a tick can act as a vector by contaminating a host with life-threatening or chronic diseases.

There are several tick species that live in different parts of the world, but the arachnids tend to flourish in humid and hot climates.

How Ticks Find a Host 

A tick requires a lot of moisture to develop from an egg to an adult and also needs moisture for the breeding process. A tick latches onto an animal or human host to insert a specialized mouthpart that is designed to suction blood for its nourishment.

Researchers have discovered that ticks frequently find hosts by sensing body odours, and we now know that changing the odour of hosts can help to prevent tick bites.

An important way to change your body odour is with the essential oils that are derived from plants and herbs.

Not only are these essential oils safe to use on your skin or a pet’s coat, but also, the essential oils smell wonderful.

Use Essential Oils to Repel Ticks Naturally

Essential Oil KitRather than risk exposure to the dangerous chemicals found in store-bought tick repellents, we recommend ways to naturally repel ticks with essential oils.

In many cases, the same essential oils that will keep ticks away from human hosts are also useful for family pets such as dogs.

It is possible to use a variety of essential oils to avoid a bite from a tick.

Essential oils are available at local brick-and-mortar or online stores, and you can mix the liquids with water in a spray bottle to squirt on your skin when walking in your own backyard, taking a hike or visiting a park.

Essential Oils Have a Lovely Fragrance and are Safe to Use 

We also know that it is easy to add tick-repellent essential oils to a washing machine while laundering your clothing or you can add a scented essential oil to shampoo before washing your hair.

These extra preventative measures are a good way to avoid a tick bite while camping out overnight or if you live in an area that is known for having a large population of ticks.

There are several types of essential oils that naturally repel ticks, and you can use only one variety or choose several.

Essential oils typically have a lovely fragrance, and you will not feel embarrassed to smell like an herb or flower instead of a chemical spray.

Essential Oil One: Lemongrass 

Lemongrass is an herbal plant that you can use for cooking or as a medicine, and its essential oil has a fragrant lemony scent that you will enjoy.

You can add this essential oil to unscented body lotion before applying it to your skin to keep away ticks while outside enjoying the sunshine.

Essential Oil Two: Rosemary 

Rosemary is also an herbal plant that you may have used while preparing meals, and it has a unique aromatic fragrance that is similar to evergreen tree pine needles.

The essential oils that are collected from rosemary are perfect for making a natural tick repellent spray that is suitable for applying to a dog’s fur.

Essential Oil Three: Eucalyptus 

Eucalyptus is a flowering shrub or tree that grows in Australia, and it has a distinctive fragrance that you may have smelled before in cough drops. However, this same scent will repel insects and arachnids.

Eucalyptus oil is collected from the leaves of the trees or shrubs, and its strong odor is perfect for using as a repellent to avoid tick bites.

Essential Oil Four: Citronella 

Citronella is a particular type of lemongrass that has excellent pest control properties.

We know that many people burn citronella-scented grass candles and sprays to repel mosquitoes or flies, but the essential oil that is collected from this grass is also suitable for keeping away ticks.

Essential Oil Five: Lavender 

Lavender essential oil that is collected from lavender flower blooms is one of the most popular scents in the world.

This floral scent is often used in perfumes and bath care products, and you can make your own tick-repelling bath soap with lavender essential oil.

Essential Oil Six: Thyme 

Thyme is an herb that also has a slight evergreen tree needle fragrance, and you may have used it in foods to add a delicious orange or lemon citrus flavour.

We recommend using thyme essential oil in sprays rather than lotions or bath soaps.

Essential Oil Seven: Geranium

Geraniums are a flower with a lovely fragrance that repels arachnids and insects.

We can distil the essential oils from this flower’s petals to use in shampoos or conditioners to keep away ticks that carry diseases.

Essential Oil Eight: Peppermint 

Peppermint essential oil is collected from a hybrid plant and is a cross between spearmint and water mint.

You probably have smelled this tasty peppermint essential oil fragrance while eating hard candies during the holidays.

This substance is suitable for using in lotions, sprays and bath soaps, making it one of the most versatile natural essential oils for repelling ticks while outside.

Why Essential Oils Repel Ticks 

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Insect Shielder is a patch rather than a spray. It contains organic plant oils known to repel pests

You might wonder why some essential oils repel ticks, and it is because nature understands how to protect plants from infestations from arachnids and insects.

We can use what nature provides us to naturally repel ticks rather than expose our bodies to man-made chemicals that cause side effects.

With a bottle of lavender, peppermint or geranium oil, you can create fragrant tick-repelling lotions, bath soaps and sprays to remain safe.

To avoid contracting Lyme disease, keep a spray bottle filled with an essential oil solution in a vehicle to apply to your skin anytime you are outside.

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2 Responses to Essential Oils that Repel Ticks

  1. Sarah says:

    I use a Lemon Eucalyptus blend when I’m hiking or backpacking since I’m allergic to DEET. Glad to read about so many other essential oils too! Looking forward to giving the Lavender oil a try. Can I mix these? If so, any recommendations on blends so I don’t smell like a bad perfume? 🙂

    • Teresa says:

      Yes Sarah you can mix essential oils, but not all mix well together so it’s good to do your research first. The following mix well together

      Peppermint, Geranium, Lavender, Rosemary or

      Geranium, Lavender, Citronella and Rosemary

      I think either of those mixes wouldn’t smell to bad, play around with it. You don’t have to use all of them either, maybe just Geranium and Lavender (which would be a safe one for children)

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