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Old 05-22-2017, 11:14 PM   #11 (permalink)
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My flea/tick recipe is as follows:

Fill a bottle 50/50 with witch hazel and distilled water
Add 20-30 drops each of the following;

Lavender
Eucalyptus
Citronella
Spearmint
Cedarwood (this is for ticks)

You can also add rose gerainium oil for ticks as well
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My flea/tick recipe is as follows:

Fill a bottle 50/50 with witch hazel and distilled water
Add 20-30 drops each of the following;

Lavender
Eucalyptus
Citronella
Spearmint
Cedarwood (this is for ticks)

You can also add rose gerainium oil for ticks as well
Oh wow, and how many ounces is your bottle? Mine is about 16 ounces. I have read in a bunch of places, this site included, to be careful not to go overboard with the oils because of the dogs sensitive noses. A lot of people seem to recommend a 1-2% dilution percentage. I wouldn't begin to know how to figure a percentage dilution when talking about drops....

Thanks for your help. I believe lemongrass and lavender are supposed to be good to deter ticks as well, right?
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I did some math, an ounce is approximately 600 drops, multiply by 16oz in my case....to get roughly 9500 total drops of liquid in my particular spray bottle. So with a 1% dilution I should be able to safely put 95 drops of essential oils into 16 ounces. So my formula which had about 14 drops is probably waaaay under powered and ineffective. I'll have to go back and bump everything up to at least in the 12-20 drops per oil range.
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Yes, I use a 16oz bottle

This spray is effective for 4-6 hrs, you can use it on yourself as well....do not spray cats.
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Yes, I use a 16oz bottle

This spray is effective for 4-6 hrs, you can use it on yourself as well....do not spray cats.

Thanks! I'm going to mess around tomorrow and see what i can come up with! I feel like a mad scientist when i'm adding a drop of this, drop of that, waiting to try my creation hahaha.
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I use lemongrass and lavender oils. I use a cheap spray bottle and put about 5-6 drops of each with water.
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Water by itself will not work....you need a carrier oil such as mineral oil, olive oil etc or something alcohol based.
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Water by itself will not work....you need a carrier oil such as mineral oil, olive oil etc or something alcohol based.
Does Apple cider vinegar work in that regard? I've seen so many people say they dilute in a water/ACV mix....
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Yes, ACV works as well
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Lavender
Eucalyptus
Citronella
Spearmint
Cedarwood (this is for ticks)
I would add a 'cocktail' with drops of gum, lavender, and tea tree oils, mixed with water and alcohol. It is also said here that decoctions of chamomile, wormwood or tansy work as great preventive methods. Has anyone tried it?
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