Ticks know you are coming by their keen sense of smell. When they smell you coming they spread out their little arms and get ready to latch on. So, what can we do to avert these little creatures? Disguise our smell of course; but choose your scent carefully and make sure it is one that will actually deter ticks.
Rose Geranium is one of the top contenders for masking your scent from ticks and it actually smells quite lovely. But it's important to note, there are many varieties of Rose Geranium oil, it's important to research and make sure you are getting the one most effective against ticks. You can use this oil either in a spray or dab directly onto your dogs colour or your own clothing. If you carry a spray with you remember to reapply throughout the day if you are going to be in contact with grass or wooded areas.
Added therapeutic bonus: Rose Geranium has a balancing effect on the nervous system and relieves depression and anxiety.
Lemongrass oil comes from the tropical lemongrass plant Cymbopogon citrates. It is also another recommended tick repellant. Because of its high citral and geraniol content, lemongrass has been known to repel mosquitos, ticks and, as an added bonus if you're a dog owner, to kill fleas!
Added therapeutic bonus: Lemongrass is known to relieve anxiety, irritability, and insomnia.
Cederwood is a well known tick repellant. Great to use as a spray on yourself or your dog, however, if you are looking to deter ticks from hanging around your yard, why not spread cedar chips or mulch. We use it anyway to spruce up our garden so may as well take advantage of this benefit and use it in the garden. Remember, the fresher the better as it is the smell that is the deterrent.
Added therapeutic bonus: Cedarwood helps with acne, improves focus, and stimulates metabolism, to name a few.
If you're in a tick area and don't want to cover yourself in the chemical known as DEET, then why not use what nature has given us, and you smell good in the process.