I’ve been looking for a good natural tick repellant recipe for a while now and it looks like I’ve found a good one.
Although the majority of ticks that one can encounter in the woods don’t carry lyme disease it’s still important to take some precautionary measures. You want to make yourself unappetizing as possible to these little critters.
In a previous article I wrote on how to avoid getting lyme disease. In the article I recommended permethrin to deter ticks from your clothes, boots, and tent. Although permethrin is purported to be very safe it does often induce redness, itching, and burning in many people. This has made me think about what natural alternatives there are out there to choose from.
I recently came upon this effective, natural recipe to repel ticks and mosquitoes from Outdoor Life Survival’s web page.
Tim MacWelch writes,
Our ticks here in Virginia are everywhere right now, and if your local ticks and biting bugs are thriving as well, then this remedy might just be a lifesaver this summer.
From a previous survival blog, I introduced you to my friend Rod Morey, who is an herbalist and modern day mountain man. When Rod and I ran into a mess of those tiny little brown ticks a few weeks ago, Rod ran to retrieve a silver spray bottle full of his famous bug repellent. Rod was kind enough to help us all out by revealing his secret recipe. You’ll need to make a trip to a health food store or some similar shop that sells essential plant oils (or get good at procuring your own plant oils). But once you have a bottle mixed up, you should have plenty of bug repellent for weeks.
“I find this spray useful as we have 3 dogs, and a dozen goats. We give them a quick spray on their legs and underbellies every morning. I too get a quick spray on my shoes/ legs and arms,” Rod says. “I had very few ticks on me since I started using this spray. And I usually get bit if there’s a tick within 100 yards. It’s all natural, very easy to make and it’s very inexpensive … I like that.
Here’s Marc’s recipe with a modification of Canola oil. Canola oil contains sulphur which ticks hate.
4 tablespoons of Canola Oil
- 1 pint distilled white vinegar
- 1 pint water
- 25 drops of tea tree oil
- 25 drops of lavender essential oil