How to Make Tick Repellent

How to Make Tick Repellent
Ticks are most active from early spring until winter. In Western and Southern states, ticks can be active year-round. Before camping, hiking or backpacking in grassy areas or where deer are present, use a tick repellent. Failure to use a tick repellent could result in Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever or tularemia. If you don't want to use a chemical repellent with N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET), permethrin or picaridin, you can make a natural repellent using simple and inexpensive ingredients.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Eucalyptus essential oil
  • Rose essential oil
  • Vegetable or olive oil
  • Aloe Vera gel
  • Glass jar
  • Medicine dropper

Tick Repellent Option One

Step 1
Mix 20 drops of rose essential oil, 2 tbsp. of vegetable or olive oil and 1 tbsp. of Aloe Vera gel in a clean glass jar or sealable container. You can also use 20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil, 2 tbsp. of vegetable or olive oil and 1 tbsp. of Aloe Vera gel.
Step 2
Shake vigorously to mix well.
Step 3
Apply the solution using a medicine dropper. Tick bites are likely to occur on the arms and armpits, the legs, the groin and the head, so apply to these areas before going outdoors. Apply to clothing, hats and socks as well for added protection.
Step 4
Store in a cool, dry place.

Tick Repellent Lotion

Step 1
Make a repellent lotion using an 8 oz. bottle of unscented skin lotion, 15 drops of citronella essential oil, 15 drops of eucalyptus essential oil and 10 drops of patchouli essential oil.
Step 2
Shake the contents of the bottle vigorously to mix all ingredients. If your lotion bottle comes with a pump, you can use the bottom end of the tube to stir the contents.
Step 3
Apply to your arms, legs, shoulders and neck before camping, hiking or visiting an area with tall grass.
Step 4
Store in a cool, dry place.

Tips & Warnings

You can buy eucalyptus and other essential oils from health food stores, beauty shops, large retailers or online.
Always use a tick repellent when spending time in grassy or wooded areas.
Keep eucalyptus oil away from children.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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