Beautiful, but tick habitat! Beautiful, but tick habitat!

Ticks and Aromatics

Ticks and Aromatics

by Melissa McLaughlin

Winter is receding and Spring emerging. It means more time outdoors–time spent picking wildflower bouquets, time hiking in the fresh green of Spring. For the lavender, it is a time to weed all of the opportunistic weeds and grasses that have grown up under the freeze cloth, which means wading through fields of tall grasses.

It is also a time when tick nymphs emerge and are especially plentiful.

Because ticks are the carrier of numerous diseases, it is important to do all we can to protect ourselves when we are in high tick areas.

In addition to doing regular tick checks, wearing light clothing (with pants tucked in and tight wrist closures), herbal aromatics can help discourage ticks from biting us.

We found this natural Tick Repellent in Essential Oils for a Clean and Healthy Home by Kasey Schwartz and have been dousing ourselves in it before going outside.

Shwartz’s recipe for Tick Be Gone:

¼ cup witch hazel

1 cup distilled water

10 drops Biodynamic lavender essential oil

10 drops lemongrass oil

10 drops citronella essential oil

 

To Make: Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake well.

To Use: Spray over hair, clothes, pant cuffs, and shoes. Repeat every couple of hours.

To Store: Store indefinitely in spray bottle.

If you know you’ll be in tall grasses or wooded underbrush, please protect yourselves and consider using organic essential oils as added precaution. If you are bitten by a tick, please be careful to remove the tick properly and submit the tick for Lyme testing, if it is available in your region.

By taking certain safety precautions, we can stay safe and enjoy the beauty of Springtime.

2 thoughts on “Ticks and Aromatics”

  1. That photograph is hard to resist not running headlong into that beautiful spring field. Your article was lovely and to the point. very nice.

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