Repel Ticks and Prevent Lyme Disease with Essential Oils

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Remove tick as soon as it is noticed!

I really like the tick repellent recipe, however, a tick should be removed as soon as it is noticed, it is not recommended to wait for it to let go. See the reports below, coating the tick with oil risks injection of additional tick saliva into it's victim.

I highly recommend the application of essential oils to the bite AFTER the tick has been removed by gently pulling with a tool such as the O'Tom Tick remover. I have several of these, one in the barn for the horses and another set in the house for the people. dogs & cats.

A 2006 journal article review of published literature on tick removal methods reported that:
One study compared several different techniques for removing ticks. Application of petroleum jelly, fingernail polish, 70% isopropyl alcohol, or a hot kitchen match failed to induce detachment of adult American dog ticks.

Experimental evidence suggests that chemical irritants are ineffective at persuading ticks to detach, and risk triggering injection of salivary fluids and possible transmission of disease-causing microbes. In addition, suffocating ticks by smothering them with petroleum jelly is an ineffective method of killing them because they have such a low respiratory rate (only requiring 3-15 breaths per hour) that by the time they die, there may have been sufficient time for pathogens to be transmitted.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advises:
Avoid folklore remedies such as "painting" the tick with nail polish or petroleum jelly, or using heat to make the tick detach from the skin. Your goal is to remove the tick as quickly as possible — not wait for it to detach.

Bettyann Cernese more than 6 years ago

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