Ticked off over ticks? Give this homemade spray a try.
Once again it’s that time of year when the deer ticks are coming out in full force. Our warm winter here in the Northeast hasn’t helped things. It seems like these tiny creatures never even left from last year, and actually, they probably didn’t, although we don’t see them as much in the winter. They tend to hide under leaves and not move around much in colder weather. Once it warms up outside, they seem to be everywhere! Other than covering yourself in duct tape when you go outside (not a good idea!) or just plain avoiding the outdoors altogether (also not a good idea!), there is a good chance that if you live in the Northeast or MidAtlantic US, you will be exposed to these tiny monsters at some point throughout the year. That, of course, is not a good thing since deer ticks (and ticks of all kinds) carry a wide array of nasty germs including, but certainly not limited to, Lyme Disease. Unfortunately, I have personal experience with this affliction, and I can tell you that it is best avoided. I was lucky enough to actually see the tick and begin antibiotic treatment immediately, but as you probably know, immature deer ticks are so small that they are often missed and the victim has no clue that he or she has been bitten!
I love the outdoors, so I was not about curl up on the couch inside and succumb to the threat of ticks. Instead, I did a little research and found something that I have since tested and deem rather effective in deterring ticks – that is Rose Geranium Oil.
Rose Geranium Oil is an essential oil that has been used throughout history as a powerful wound healer. It is also an anti-depressant and mood stabilizer. Well, aside from these and many other benefits, it turns out that, for whatever reason, ticks really don’t like it much! If you’d like to put this oil to the test, I recommend a 50/50 mix of Rose Geranium Oil and Sweet Almond Oil in a small spray bottle. You can either spray this or dab it (I dab it with my fingers because not too much is needed to get the effect) on your ankles, behind your ears, and anywhere else that may be exposed to ticks. You also can place a few drops of the Rose Geranium Oil alone on your dog’s fabric collar prior to going outside. Use the oil with caution on cats because they tend to be very sensitive to essential oils.
You can find Rose Geranium Oil and Sweet Almond Oil at any health or natural foods store that carries essential oils or even in the organic section of several local supermarkets. It can be purchased online at http://www.auracacia.com/dspCmnPrd.php?ct=anpceoeo&p=t&i=y&cn=Geranium.
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