Don’t Let Ticks Tick You Off

Tick Repellent

Tick Repellent courtesy of Tisserand Institute

Lately I have been posting about how to enjoy the outdoors during the summer, but I decided it was time to bring up an ugly topic – ticks. They can be a worrisome problem, but with certain safety measures they may be avoided. Wearing long pants and long sleeves in areas known for tick infestations can help, but essential oils can assist, too.

According to Aromatherapy expert Robert Tisserand, the formulations listed in his illustration above are suitable to repel ticks. His advice begins with the making of a master blend. “Choose one from each row of essential oils eg. Palmarosa, Amyris and Alaskan Cypress (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis). Then depending on how you want to use the repellent, chose one of the three bases to mix the complete blend in. Spray is most suitable for application to shoes, clothing, backpacks etc., and is safe even for children over the age of 2. … To avoid alcohol – use the gel and apply to exposed skin areas.”

Tisserand further explains: “Note that “aloe jelly” is not the same thing as “aloe gel”. Aloe gel is 99% water, and will not solubilize essential oils. Aloe jelly also contains added thickeners, and you can easily mix in essential oils.”

He has included a formula for dogs with the instructions to put 1-2 drops of the blend on a dog’s collar or the base to its tail. Be aware, however, that this blend is not safe for cats. Cats don’t metabolize essential oils in the same way that dogs do and should not be exposed to this blend.