Tips on Tuesday: Essential Oils for Fleas and Ticks

We have two dogs and one cat, so keeping fleas and ticks off of them is super important.  Fleas and ticks are pests that can cause diseases, extreme itching, sores, other skin disorders and just plain torment your pet, and you should the little pests take up residence in your home.

We use Comfortis but have cut back on it some as it is extremely expensive, and the price keeps going up.  So, we decided to use Essential Oils in water, in a spray bottle.  Now I did read that you could use alcohol-free Witch Hazel but I didn’t have any of that.  The following recipe is what we used, and if you don’t want to try something new ask your Vet first.  You only need to spray on a little bit and rub it on the pet’s body.  I also spray daily on their collars.  It smells nice too!  All the Essential Oils are good quality oils and are undiluted.  Do not use undiluted EO on yourself or your pet, unless directed to do so.  Always use a carrier oil or water.

Spray bottle


2 drops Cedarwood EO

5 drops Lavender EO

5 drops Lemongrass EO

2 drops Peppermint EO this will also help soothe any hot spots or bite areas.

3 drops Orange EO

We used a pretty large spray bottle filled 3/4 with water.  If it is not effective I may add more oils due to being a larger bottle.



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