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DIY Tick Repellent Spray Avoids Harsh Chemicals

Ticks are in the news more and more it seems as this time of the year more people are spending time in the great outdoors.  The news often involves Lyme disease, which is something to be avoided at all costs.  

Considering the short term health impact and long-term ramifications of Lyme disease, it is no wonder that many people purchase and use commercial products that are supposed to repel the disease carrying ticks.  Many of us would prefer not to use the harsh chemicals that are common ingredients in commercial products.

Fortunately, as is often the case, natural remedies are available, and Crissy from DearCrissy.com shares an easy recipe for a natural tick spray using herbs.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons dried lavender
  • 2 tablespoons dry sage
  • 2 tablespoons dry thyme
  • 3 tablespoons dry rosemary
  • 15 drops of peppermint essential oil or 1 tablespoon dried mint
  • 32 ounces of quality apple cider vinegar

Directions:

    1.  Pour the apple cider vinegar into a larger bottle or jar and then add in all of the dried herbs and oil.  Stir well and tightly screw on the lid.  
    2.  Set in a dark place, but one you’ll see on a regular basis so you’ll remember to shake the jar daily.  Do this for 2-3 weeks.
    3.  Filter out the herbs and discard (I actually scattered ours around the wooded edge of our property line, figured it wouldn’t hurt!)! Store in the refrigerator until needed.  When ready to use, add 1 part distilled water to 1 part vinegar and herb mix to a spray bottle and shake well.  Spray on clothing, shoes, hats and skin (avoid spraying directly on your face).
So, whether you live in a rural area and deal with ticks on a regular basis, are planning a camping/hiking trip, or are concerned about spending time in an area known for ticks when SHTF, then you now have a natural tick spray and one less thing to worry about.
Recipe thanks to: dearcrissy.com

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