Essential Oils To Repel Ticks
According to studies reviewed by Healthline, the best essential oils to repel ticks are:
- Oregano (this oil has also been found effective against Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease)
- Citronella and Thyme together
- Clove Bud
- Red Thyme
- Lemon Eucalyptus
These studies were largely on treated clothing dragged through tick infested areas, or worn as pants. The essential oils were sprayed diluted on the cloth.
Are Essential Oils Safe for Pets?
The ASPCA recommends avoiding use of essential oils with pets. They do specify however that oils used topically in absolute or non-diluted form is dangerous. Diffusing oils can be ok if you do not have birds and if pets can't knock the diffuser over. It makes sense to me as well to provide a room for them that is free of the strong scent.
One study did find however, that dogs sprayed with turmeric oil 2.5% v/v diluted in water with a 1% coco glucoside excipient had significantly fewer attached ticks than those untreated. Dogs treated with turmeric oil had a 15% attachment rate, and untreated had a 73% attachment rate (with a variable rate of around 20%).
How Can We Help?
We sell many organic, artisanal essential oils, many pre-diluted so you don't have to purchase a separate carrier oil. We can special order many absolutes, or oils not in stock. Many of our blends server double duty for specific health complaints and as insect repellents. Check out our blog on mosquito repellent oils for more information, or read up on our products directly.
Vir-Away by Snow Lotus contains Thyme and Lemon Eucalyptus, and can also help boost your immune defense while you're away camping. Add it to an over the counter citronella for max protection from pests.
About the Author
Kat Powers holds a MSOM from NUNM in Portland OR, and enjoys supporting and educating people about natural health topics for themselves and their pets.