Based on Rose Geranium Essential oil, it was the only essential oil with insect repelling qualities that actually made live deer ticks RUN.
Yes, indeed, I tested it myself, YEARS ago, with live ticks I pulled off my cat.
Everything else they just marched THROUGH, Rose Geranium made them LEAVE – over and over.
It is very safe, haven’t yet seen a bad reaction, even on small children.
It can be safely used on your pets (however cats seem to be severely sensitive to all essential oils, so this may not be a grand idea for them) Someone, somewhere is going to have an allergic reaction to just about anything there is, so test it on a small area of skin first, just to be safe.
Let’s get serious people, it only works if you USE it.
BEFORE going out, spray on legs, feet, hands (especially if you’re gardening) and arms, don’t forget your hair and shoulders (remember that deer ticks don’t JUMP OR FLY (thank god) but they can hitch a ride if you duck under a branch)
There’s no way to tell how long it lasts, as everyone’s skin chemistry is different and you’re apt to sweat it off if you’re out working hard/hiking, so keep it with you and spray down again in a few hours.
The more I study this, the more there seem to be two reasons why this works so well. One is just the physical reality of the ticks FLEEING the oil. That’s GOOD. The other is that aromatherapeutically speaking, the various Rose Geraniums and Palmarosa (a very similarly scented grass) have a certain calming, centering, grounding effect. I’ve seen both in myself and others, that the folks most likely to get bitten again and again are giving off ‘distress signals’, as I was for many years in stressful, high-responsibility professional gardening jobs. My last year in NYState I was not bitten even once.
I keep one bottle right by my door to spray down before I go out, and another in the glove compartment of my car. Do NOT put undiluted Rose Geranium essential oil directly on your skin, it will make your skin numb.
Now. Here’s the deal. I’ve given this lots of thought, and it’s FAR more important that FAR more people stay safer from Lyme disease than that I make a few bucks,
so I’m giving away the recipe:
1tsp Rose Geranium essential oil (usually just labeled ‘geranium’) (source: Mountain Rose Herbs )
note: 1 oz oil makes SIX bottles of spray mixed with 1tsp vodka or rubbing alcohol add 8oz filtered water in a spray bottle. (source for a few, Mountain Rose Herbs source for production like the beautiful blue ones below: SKS bottles)
In the event that you purely do NOT wish to make it yourself, a friend of mine back in NY still bottles it under my label.
8 oz bottle $10.00 + $3.50 first class shipping and packaging, $6.50 for priority.
email me for availability ladyb AT ladybarbara dot NET
No wholesale at this time; for multiple bottles email me your zip code so we can figure accurate shipping costs.