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06-01-2016 08:25 AM
Momto2GSDs
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Originally Posted by islandtek View Post
There are 2 types of geranium oils correct? The rose geranium is the one that is effective on ticks....I beleive the other is just called geranium? Also,for the the spritz, you may also substitute the water with vodka...oil and water are hard to mix, the alcohol helps mix and disperse better.

Yes, Rose Geranium is the correct one!

True about the water mix, but if you shake the spray bottle thoroughly each time before using it works well!

Moms
06-01-2016 07:59 AM
E.Hatch Thanks for the info!
06-01-2016 07:24 AM
islandtek There are 2 types of geranium oils correct? The rose geranium is the one that is effective on ticks....I beleive the other is just called geranium? Also,for the the spritz, you may also substitute the water with vodka...oil and water are hard to mix, the alcohol helps mix and disperse better.
05-31-2016 10:26 PM
Momto2GSDs
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Originally Posted by E.Hatch View Post
Moms,

What's the EO to carrier oil ratio? How much do you apply and how often?

Thanks for the info!
Recipe: 10-25 drops of Rose Geranium Essential Oil (or whichever one or two you choose) mixed with 2 Tablespoons of a Carrier Oil such as Sweet Almond Oil.


Apply in areas down center of their back, just as you would the commercial brand. Dot the mixture lightly on to the tips of dog’s ears but not close to eyes. Make sure you test a small spot on your dogs’ skin (for sensitivities) before committing to the whole application. Repeat when aroma disappears or if they swim or get bathed.

Or you can use a daily Spritz of the Essential Oil/Water mix.

SPRITZ: Mix 20 drops (or more) of your choice of Essential Oils with 2 cups of spring or distilled water in a spray bottle, using a funnel. Keep out of sun and away from heat. The whole family uses this when we are outdoors!


Moms
05-31-2016 10:06 PM
E.Hatch Moms,

What's the EO to carrier oil ratio? How much do you apply and how often?

Thanks for the info!
05-31-2016 09:41 PM
Hineni7 Didn't ever think of catnip.. Will have to try that one .. Yes, I initially got into EO's for tick prevention but after in depth study saw the other benefits and now use them everyday for SOOOO many things.. All my family got sick multiple times last winter.. I didn't at all.. Thieves oil to the rescue.. Gave some to them when sick using an ionic diffuser and cut their flu in half, colds gone in 2days instead of 8 to 10..awesome stuff!

But tick prevention, mosquitoes, fleas, etc, smells good and works well.. Ironically, I didn't find the citronella to work so well on the ticks, but good for mosquitoes, awesome.. Too bad oregano is so hot, because it burns the ticks up into crispy critters like nothing else.. Rosemary is supposed to work well too, but I didn't see any effect for our area..
05-31-2016 09:41 PM
islandtek
Quote:
Originally Posted by Momto2GSDs View Post
Quality EO's are the key to success.

I like Ananda Apothecary b/c they carry most every type of EO and cold pressed carrier oils. (There are other quality places like "Young Living Oils" but they don't carry everything)


TEST a little drop on their collar before putting it on their skin to be sure they are not sensitive to it. They probably won’t like the smells and shy away a little.

*IF doing “Flea & Tick Oil Repellent”: You may want to start with at least 2 different EO’s and 1 Carrier. I'd choose the Catnip and Rose Geranium EO. I use a different combo every day. You can order 2 or 3 little mixing bottles, the ones with eye droppers, 4th item down, $2.00 each. Don’t forget to write down what you are mixing and tape it to the bottle. http://www.anandaapothecary.com/bottles.html#cobalt
You'll also need a very small funnel for these bottles.

Some of my favorites:
*Catnip (Nepta Cataria) not Catmint (Nepta Faassenii- which is a beautiful perennial) is said to be 10 X more effective than DEET. This one is a must: http://www.anandaapothecary.com/aromatherapy-essential-oils/catnip.html 5ml=$11

*Rose Geranium is one is another must! Very effective http://www.anandaapothecary.com/aromatherapy-essential-oils/geranium-rose-essential-oil.html 5ml=$13.66

*Niaouli: http://www.anandaapothecary.com/aromatherapy-essential-oils/niaouli-essential-oil.html 12ml=$7.36

*Lemon Grass: http://www.anandaapothecary.com/aromatherapy-essential-oils/lemongrass-essential-oil.html should be mixed with Rose Geranium or Citronella to be the most effective. 12ml=$6.00

*Citronella:
http://www.anandaapothecary.com/arom...ntial-oil.html

*Spike Lavender: Good for ticks:
http://www.anandaapothecary.com/arom...der-spike.html

*Yarrow:
http://www.anandaapothecary.com/arom...rrow-blue.html

*Clove: Good repellent combined with Citronella:
http://www.anandaapothecary.com/arom...ntial-oil.html


CARRIER OILS: Aromatherapy Carrier Oils, Cold Pressed and Organic (I use Almond)
Never put un-diluted Essentials Oils directly on skin. Combined with a carrier oil or water first.

I have also used these non chemical flea/tick tags with success:
They need to be put on BEFORE an infestation of fleas occurs.
Easy Defense Flea & Tick Tag: http://www.onlynaturalpet.com/produc...ag/999024.aspx
Tickless Pet Ultrasonic:http://www.onlynaturalpet.com/produc...nt/586000.aspx

Moms
Great info on the oils! Thank you!
05-31-2016 09:34 PM
Momto2GSDs Quality EO's are the key to success.

I like Ananda Apothecary b/c they carry most every type of EO and cold pressed carrier oils. (There are other quality places like "Young Living Oils" but they don't carry everything)


TEST a little drop on their collar before putting it on their skin to be sure they are not sensitive to it. They probably won’t like the smells and shy away a little.

*IF doing “Flea & Tick Oil Repellent”: You may want to start with at least 2 different EO’s and 1 Carrier. I'd choose the Catnip and Rose Geranium EO. I use a different combo every day. You can order 2 or 3 little mixing bottles, the ones with eye droppers, 4th item down, $2.00 each. Don’t forget to write down what you are mixing and tape it to the bottle. http://www.anandaapothecary.com/bottles.html#cobalt
You'll also need a very small funnel for these bottles.

Some of my favorites:
*Catnip (Nepta Cataria) not Catmint (Nepta Faassenii- which is a beautiful perennial) is said to be 10 X more effective than DEET. This one is a must: http://www.anandaapothecary.com/aromatherapy-essential-oils/catnip.html 5ml=$11

*Rose Geranium is one is another must! Very effective http://www.anandaapothecary.com/aromatherapy-essential-oils/geranium-rose-essential-oil.html 5ml=$13.66

*Niaouli: http://www.anandaapothecary.com/aromatherapy-essential-oils/niaouli-essential-oil.html 12ml=$7.36

*Lemon Grass: http://www.anandaapothecary.com/aromatherapy-essential-oils/lemongrass-essential-oil.html should be mixed with Rose Geranium or Citronella to be the most effective. 12ml=$6.00

*Citronella:
http://www.anandaapothecary.com/arom...ntial-oil.html

*Spike Lavender: Good for ticks:
http://www.anandaapothecary.com/arom...der-spike.html

*Yarrow:
http://www.anandaapothecary.com/arom...rrow-blue.html

*Clove: Good repellent combined with Citronella:
http://www.anandaapothecary.com/arom...ntial-oil.html


CARRIER OILS: Aromatherapy Carrier Oils, Cold Pressed and Organic (I use Almond)
Never put un-diluted Essentials Oils directly on skin. Combined with a carrier oil or water first.

I have also used these non chemical flea/tick tags with success:
They need to be put on BEFORE an infestation of fleas occurs.
Easy Defense Flea & Tick Tag: http://www.onlynaturalpet.com/produc...ag/999024.aspx
Tickless Pet Ultrasonic:http://www.onlynaturalpet.com/produc...nt/586000.aspx

Moms
05-31-2016 09:24 PM
islandtek
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hineni7 View Post
I used to use a carrier oil but found a few drops put on my hands rubbed on neck, ears (they love to bite on the inside of the ears and behind the ear too), legs, belly and a quick pat on the back did what I wanted.. If I knew I was going to be in dense brush I made sure a heavier dose, if just low grass then a lighter dose.. Never had a reaction with any of the oils, however, the heavier and stronger oils were used with a carrier or base which would be grapeseed, sweet almond, whatever I currently had.. I've used oils for lots of ailments and they have worked amazingly well.. Have a mixture made up for gashes and abrasions that works sooooo freaking good.. Like amazing good.. But - some animals can be more sensitive to oils so you want to be careful and go slowly..
I love using the oils as well, have not tried the rose geranium yet, but I experimented this spring with lavender and eucalyptis oil using olive oil as a carrier, rub it on his ears and belly as well as myself and it has been working great at keeping the mosquitoes away!
05-31-2016 09:20 PM
islandtek
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Originally Posted by jocoyn View Post
I know more real-life dogs personally who have either had lepto or a tick disease than reactions from the preventives.
Good point..Lyme is the problem we have here...its been getting worse these past few yrs...I used to use Advantix, thats what he was on when he got lyme disease so my vet has recommended Bravecto, which is fairly new to the market in Canada...
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