It’s Spring, which means that in addition to the amazing rebirth of flowers and leaves, the bug are back too! Essential oils can be a great all natural way to help deter pesky and dangerous bugs. The list of oils that serve as insect deterrents is long so I picked out a few of the ones I’ve seen most commonly listed to make my DIY tick spray. I used equal parts of the following Young Living essential oils:
I put about 10 drops of each in a spray bottle with some high proof alcohol to help them disperse and filled with water. I’m sure boiled or distilled water would be best but I just used tap.
I’ve been using this mixture sprayed directly onto the back of my cats necks in the morning for the past month. I’ve only found one tick, which is better than during the same time period last year using a conventional toxic treatment. The added bonus is that this blend smells great and from an aromatherapy perspective is very uplifting and relaxing! I’ve done a LOT of research on essential oil brands and I only trust Young Living oils to have the potency and purity necessary to be effective and safe. You can read more about this here.
This mixture is also nice to spray on your legs or clothes when going into area where you are expecting to find ticks. I also make it a habit to shower and do a tick check within an hour of returning from the woods. Removing ticks quickly is the best way to prevent them from transmitting disease but there is plenty on that available elsewhere on the internet!
If you are more concerned with mosquitos using the Purification blend in a similar way would be a good place to start. It contains Citronella, which has been historically used to keep bugs away. Purification contains Tea Tree though, which is one to be avoided on cats so I didn’t include it in this spray.
Good luck and let me know how this works for you!