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Old 05-12-2017, 08:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Essential oil flea/tick recipe?

We'll be bringing home our first boxer puppy in two weeks. I'm trying to prepare as much as possible in advance. The pup will be on Revolution flea/tick as that's what the breeder starts all her pups on. My plan is to never use it again...I have raw organic apple cider vinegar with the mother already. My question is if I do a 50/50 ACV-water mix (let's say 5-6 ounces of each), how many drops of essential oils can I add to the mix to help repel fleas/ticks as well as make it smell better? What kinds work best? Lavender, lemongrass, cedarwood?
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So my wife had to place an Amazon order, so I threw in a couple essential oils. I went with lavender and peppermint.
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Hi, I found this information: DIY Essential Oil Flea and Tick Recipes for Dogs and Cats ? Pass Health Foods
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Good idea and good luck. I've used EO's before and they have been very beneficial.
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Good idea and good luck. I've used EO's before and they have been very beneficial.
Thanks for your help! Glad to hear that you've had success with them!
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I have a small reptile pet sized squirt bottle, it maybe holds 8 to 10 oz total. I use apple cider vinegar, water and then add about ten drops each of lavendar, cedarwood, lemongrass and eucalyptus. Geranium, peppermint, and rosemary are supposed to work well too. This is the only preventative we have used on our small maltese for the past two years and have not had any problems. we will be using the same mix on our boxer puppy when she arrives this summer.
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I have a small reptile pet sized squirt bottle, it maybe holds 8 to 10 oz total. I use apple cider vinegar, water and then add about ten drops each of lavendar, cedarwood, lemongrass and eucalyptus. Geranium, peppermint, and rosemary are supposed to work well too. This is the only preventative we have used on our small maltese for the past two years and have not had any problems. we will be using the same mix on our boxer puppy when she arrives this summer.
Sounds great! Thanks for the help! I should have gotten lemongrass or cedarwood too, they're both waiting in my Amazon cart ?.
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So I'm trying some different mixtures...first tried 6oz ACV/6oz water with 7 drops of lavender and 4 peppermint, the ACV smell was so powerful. Is that just the way it's going to be no matter what?

2nd try I used 5oz ACV/ 7oz water with 5 drops of each oil. I still don't smell much of anything besides the ACV. I know the most important thing is to deter ticks/fleas, but I don't know that I can spray this stuff on my dog every day haha. Any advice? Btw I have lemongrass and cedarwood ordered and on the way...
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Well just too many bugs here in Louisiana, our guy gets a next guard monthly and if he is playing outside with us we have on occasion sprayed him with an organic spray called vert repel spray.
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Thanks for the help so far. I've been messing around with different ratios. I think I just came up with one I like, I watered it down a bit with roughly 10oz water and 5oz Apple cider vinegar, I then added 5 drops of peppermint and lemongrass, 3 drops of lavender and 1 drop of cedarwood. The peppermint and lemongrass is the dominant smell in this mix. Hopefully it's effective enough at repelling fleas and ticks. 14 drops total in about 15 oz of water/ACV isn't too much is it?
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