Essential Oil Tick Spray
A few weeks back, I was laying Tad down for a nap, and after reading our favorite Do Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis I felt a little tickle crawl from my hair line and onto my cheek. I felt around and pulled what I assumed was maybe a spider from my cheek and found instead a fat tick. I instantly seized up and squashed the bugger between my fingers. Scratching and searching for more on my own head, I began analyzing every inch of Tad while also trying to not wake him up. I was surprised to find one so easily on me, realizing that we now live in the country in the middle of no where... ticks are going to happen! The big issue is, of course, Lyme disease. I instantly rushed downstairs and threw together an insect repellent recipe because I am not dealing with that all summer!
Making a DIY bug spray at home is incredibly simple! There are a few key essential oils that help keep ticks and other insects like mosquitoes or chiggers.
Eucalyptus is extremely potent which helps to ward off most insects like mosquitoes, ants, lice, and ticks. Even I don't like it! It's a great base oil for your blend and might even work alone if it is all you had!
Lemongrass is a really popular choice for most insect sprays - if you don't have it, you could try using lemon or orange EO! Flies, ticks, and gnats especially do not like this citrus scent. I like it, too, because it overpowers the eucalyptus and cedarwood.
Cedarwood is my favorite EO to use in the garden! It keep biting insects away, which is useful for you as well as your vegetables.
Peppermint or Spearmint has a powerful aroma that is known for keeping flies away. Have you ever heard of the folk practice of planting mint near your door and windows? Flies hate it! You can add this to deter gnats, ants, beetles, fleas, lice, moths, and spiders. Don't forget that peppermint essential oil is mostly menthol, so it's too strong for children under three-years-old. Opt for spearmint instead!
Rosemary is great for saying goodbye to head lice, gnats, ticks, and flies!
Ingredients + Recipe (8 oz bottle)
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1/2 cup witch hazel
- 1/4 cup distilled water
- 1 tbsp rubbing alcohol
- 20 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 20 drops lemongrass essential oil
- 10 drops cedarwood essential oil
- 10 drops rosemary essential oil
- 10 drops peppermint or spearmint essential oil (use spearmint if spraying on children under the age of 3 or omit entirely)
- Place all ingredients in an 8 oz spray bottle in the order listed above, leaving the essential oils to go in last.
- Shake and spray!
- Try to use an amber glass bottle if possible. Amber prevents the sun from penetrating the oils inside, which could lessen their potentness. Keep the bottle out of direct sunlight and somewhere cool.
I feel so much better having this repellent on hand! It's safe for my baby and me to use on our skin as well as to keep all the creepy crawlies away while we're out working in the field. There was nothing worse than finding that tick on me! Blegh! If you are interested in purchasing essential oils, doTERRA actually has their own proprietary blend called TerraShield which is a mix of different oils to help ward off insects and other bugs. Extremely convenient! If you'd like to learn more about purchasing doTERRA's essential oils, click here.