Sunday

Make Your Own Tick Repellant Recipe ~ How I Keep Ticks Away Therefore, Fighting Lyme Disease

I am scared to death of getting Lyme Disease.  I work outside in the garden and around the house a lot, so I am right out there with all the ticks and other bugs that llike to bite.

Ticks can cause Lyme Disease and right now, that is one thing I don't need.  Lyme Disease can be deadly.

Thank goodness, so far my efforts in fighting off and repelling ticks has worked.   What do I do?

First, I make a lavender, tea tree oil spray that seems to work well in keeping ticks off me.   I have been using it for years so I am pretty sure it works,  for me anyway.

Lavender Tea Tree Oil Tick And Insect Repellant

2 - 3 Ounce Spray Bottle
10 Drops Tea Tree Oil
Fresh Lavender ( If I don't have it fresh, I will use a lavender oil)
20 Drops Alcohol
Distilled Water



Boil the fresh lavender in 1 cup distilled water and cool
Add the 10 drops tea tree oil and 20 drops of alcohol.
Fill Bottle With The Distilled Water
Pour into spray bottles ~ Shake well before using.

Before I go outside, I always spray myself with this mixture and rub it into my skin a little.  I make sure I spry my hair too.
* Note... some people may have a sensitivity to tea tree oil.  If so, I spray it onto their clothing before they go outside.
Tea Tree oil is suppose to help with eczema and fungus also.

When I have a problem with flies and gnats bothering me, I will use some peppermint oil in my mix to keep them away.  They don't seem to like it much.

Once I am finished working outside, I try to take a bath right away ... just in case I did happen to get a tick on me.

I draw a bath full of hot water and add some fresh lavender to it.
I also add tea tree oil to my shampoo, conditioner and body wash.   When I have been outside working, I make sure I soak in a tub of hot water with the lavender.  
I then wash my hair with the shampoo that has the tea tree oil in it and leave the shampoo soak in my hair for 10 minutes or so.
Then I use the conditioner that I put the tea tree oil in.  I just leave it on until I am finished with my bath.
I wash in the body wash with tea tree oil and... hopefully the ticks don't like my smell.

Lavender not only helps repel ticks but it is very relaxing and after a long day outside working, this is exactly what I need.
* You can buy tea tree oil at a health store, but I have also seen it at Walgreens

52 comments:

  1. This is awesome, Terry and I am definitely trying it. We have lots of ticks in our area and I am so paranoid about the boys (or myself) getting Lyme disease.

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  2. This is a surprisingly simple recipe and much safer than using chemicals. I'm going to give this a try. Thanks!

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  3. what a great all natural recipe for getting rid of the pesky bugs around you while outside.

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  4. I remember the first time I saw a tick. One had attached itself under my arm, yuck! I was about 10 I think when it happened. I freaked out! I really hope that never happens again, I will have to try this out.

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  5. That homemade recipe sounds so much better than actually catching a tick! About 8 years ago, we had a HUGE tick problem and our daughter couldn't even play on her swingset without having a tick bite her. It was HORRIBLE! :(

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  6. I'd like to wipe those blood suckers off the map. Lyme disease is a ***ch to get rid off too, that I know

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  7. We've been so lucky (knock on wood!) about ticks. I've not seen one yet. I saw a blogger post about tons of them on her and her son last year and it gave me the willies.

    A bath with lavender after a day working in the yard does sound divine.

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  8. We had a terrible tick problem last year. I definitely will try these this summer.

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  9. We always have to watch for ticks after morel hunting. Those buggers can get through anything it seems!

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  10. My Mother in Law has Lyme Disease and has suffered so much because of it. This is a great post with some great tips for protecting ourselves from tick bites.

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  11. what a great alternative to have! it feels pretty green too
    safe and all around good for us
    thanks

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  12. That is great! Around here they usually hang out in big trees. When we go camping that's the worst time! This would be great to make before our camping trips!

    One of my students had Lyme's Disease before. She would fall asleep in class so easily!

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  13. I don't even think I would know what a tick looked like is it like lice or is that another word for lice? I too would love a lavender bath after a long day. I don't do yard work ha I'm in an apartment that's the best things about apartments.

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  14. I love things I can make myself and I have the ingredients to do this. Thanks!!

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  15. I love both scents and can imagine how great they smell together! I'm happy to be away from the mosquito capital I used to live in.

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  16. Seems like an awesome homemade recipe! Saving this for later. Thanks!

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  17. Yikes, I've been using DEET all these years to fight them off. I'm glad to know there are some natural options!

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  18. I was just asking my husband about how to protect ourselves when hiking. This is perfect, I have a bunch of oils coming on Tuesday and Lavender is one of them, I already have the Tea Tree oil. This is even safe enough that I can use it on my youngest. I love natural prevention thank you so much for sharing.

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  19. I'm all about making my own stuff. This is great - I'll have to try it. Do you have to use alcohol though?

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  20. Lyme disease is horrible, no one should catch that. Avoid the ticks best you can

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  21. Having two dogs and living near the bush in the country this will come in handy. I have found a few tics on the dogs and my kids in the past. No fun (Kim)

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  22. I have never seen a tick before or maybe I have just didn't pay an y attention ;/ but after reading your post Lyme disease is really bad :(

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  23. Tea Tree is the best - amazing oil. Great natural prevention spray!

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  24. This is just what I needed. Half of our property is woods and the boys love to play in it. I, on the other hand, hate doing the 'tick check' afterwards.

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  25. I need to make a batch of this and spray it on my dogs for when we go hiking at the state park. Last year my girl boxer came home with 4 really nasty ticks on her body. It was so yucky having to remove them! If this helps keep them at bay, I am all for trying it!

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  26. Ooh I hate bugs! I'll have to give this a try. Thank you!

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  27. Lavender and Tea Tree oils are great. But don't deer carry the tick that causes Lyme Disease? Do you live where deer roam? I used to. Deer would walk right pass my bedroom window. So I know how scared you feel. Anywho, HI TERRY!!!!!!! Cheers!!

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  28. I am totally showing my husband this recipe! We really need to make it because we spend a lot of time outdoors!

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  29. My aunt has lyme disease and it is not something to play with. It's good that you are making sure you're safe. And this repellant sounds really good. I think I need to try it out!

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  30. I have a few relatives that have been bitten by ticks and came down with lyme disease. Fortunately they caught it right away and started treatment and they did not have really horrible symptoms. I love this natural way of keeping the ticks away.

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  31. I really hate ticks...nasty little disease infested blood suckers. I like the home made repellent idea.

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  32. Several of my family members just seem to attract ticks. I will see if this works for them!

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  33. A little bit of prep and precaution goes a long way. Ticks and fleas are nasty little creatures and I fear getting there germs and diseases too.

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  34. I love that you use essential oils! I have a tick spray that is from Wildwood Soapworks. It seems to work great (We've never had any ticks) and it smells super good.

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  35. I hadn't heard that about tea tree oil. I had heard it's good for toenail fungus. We have a puppy now so will be watching for ticks.

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  36. Thankfully *touchwood* I have never had the pleasure of meeting a tick (though I am always worried with Sal) so great to read this recipe thank you :) x

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  37. Oh, this is a great idea! I remember being little and my sister coming home with a tick. Blech!

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  38. I have been lucky not to have ever had a tick bite but will be outdoors a bit more this summer. thanks for this recipe and info.

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  39. No flies over here but i do get bitten by mosquitoes when i work in my garden. wish i have something enviromentally friend to get rid of them

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  40. This is a great recipe! I am going to make some this summer when I go camping in the UP.

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  41. I didn't know you could get Lyme disease from tick!! Lavender essential oils has so many wonderful health benefits!

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  42. Growing up I spent a LOT of time outdoors, in tall grass, and the woods, too. I never thought to worry about ticks! But now that I'm a Mom, it's something I think about, so I'll be pinning this post to make some of this repellent later.

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  43. This is great to know. Ticks have been out bad in our area lately.

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  44. This is great - thanks for sharing. We'd need this.

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  45. Thank you for sharing this. Lyme Disease is a big fear of mine as well. My neighbor happens to have it and suffers from similar problems that I do with my Hashimoto's. Ugh! I hate ticks!

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  46. I'll be trying this. We have a big tick problem here and I always find them on my son!

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  47. This is a great tutorial. I wonder if this would work for mosquitos as well?

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  48. We have a big tick problem here. Would be good to try before they get bad. Amber N

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  49. Love a natural repellent - great idea to make something that repels ticks but doesn't harm your skin

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  50. It's important to know that tea tree oil is toxic to dogs and cats, although there are some commercial products that seem to dilute it sufficiently. But too diluted may not work as a repellant, so just don't use this on pets.

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  51. I need to do more things like this. I never thought of the risk of ticks however I know they carry disease. With summer and hikes this is a good spray to have on hand. thanks for the tips

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  52. Wow I love how simple. I've never had to deal with ticks but I've heard more and more about them .

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