Does Tea Tree Oil repel ticks

does tea tree oil repel ticks

Does tea tree oil repel ticks

The tea tree is native to Australia’s swampy forests around Queensland. It has long been used by the Australian Aborigines to treat minor skin irritation and keep away skin and hair vermin. Tea tree oil is very useful in making natural repellent as it has quite a strong smell that irritates blood-sucking pests. Tea tree oil is inexpensive and non-toxic when used externally as recommended.

It must NOT be taken internally and is NOT recommended for children. Always read the label and use tea tree oil only as recommended.

Tea tree oil, a natural way to repel ticks

Some of the best tick repellents use natural ingredients some use chemically manufactured substances of which some people fear potential side effects.

With Tea tree oil you may prevent tick infestation in a natural way. The strong smell of Tea tree oil does repel ticks and keeps mosquitoes away.

Extraction of Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is extracted from the leaves of the Tea Tree Melaleuca alternifolia by using steam distillation. The oil has two main components: Terpinen-4-ol and Cineole. The latter is considered an impurity. In high-quality tea tree oil, the levels of cineole are low.

Tea Tree 100% Pure, Best Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil – 10ml

  • 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Tea Tree ( Melaleuca alternifolia )
  • Small 0.33 fl oz /10ml glass essential oil bottle. European Dropper Cap included
  • This Tea Tree Essential Oil has a warm spicy aroma
  • Helps to soothe minor skin irritations
  • Soothes itchy insect bites
  • A few drops of tea tree Oil in shampoo to fight lice naturally
  • Add a few drops in the pets’ crate to keep fleas away and as a natural way to repel ticks
  • Use as a natural way to repel ticks and molds
  • For external use NOT to be taken internally

Tick Repellent Recipe

Tea tree oil should not be applied directly to the skin in large amounts. A drop on an insect bite to stop the itch is fine. But concentrated amounts may cause irritation. To use tea tree oil as a repellent it is best to dilute it in a mixture using a skin-friendly base oil like Jojoba or Coconut oil.

Mix the base oil and water in a ratio of 2:1. To this mixture, you should then add the tea tree oil 2 oz. for every 1 liter. Remember to use a glass container to store your tick repellent.
You can also use white vinegar and tea tree oil to make a tick repellent safe to apply on the skin. Take 2 cups of white vinegar and add to 1 cup of distilled water. Add about 10 drops of essential tea tree oil to this mixture. Spray the repellent on the skin and clothes.

Does tea tree oil repel ticks on a dog using a tick collar?

You can make a tick collar to protect your pet outdoors. To make one for an adult dog, start by making a mixture of almond oil or jojoba oil. Add 2 teaspoons of this oil to 1 liter of water. Into this mixture, add 5-7 drops of tea tree oil. You then take a cotton or nylon cloth and soak it in this mixture. Wait for it to dry before putting it on the dog. For smaller dogs and cats, dilute more.

Pet shampoo

You can fortify your regular pet shampoo by adding 6-10 drops of tea tree oil to every 2 oz. of shampoo. Wash your pet with this mixture ensuring that it gets into all areas where ticks are likely to hide for example behind the ears, under the tail, and in the armpits. You should let the pet soak in the shampoo for 10 minutes before drying up the excess. There are also ready made pet shampoos available that contains Tea tree oil.

Cats and Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is toxic to cats. It must NOT be used on cats. Since cats are very clean animals and permanently lick themselves in all parts of their body, Tea tree oil would enter their digestive tract. Tea tree oil contains terpenes and phenols, among others. Substances that the cat’s metabolism cannot digest or break down. As a result, they accumulate in the cat’s body and will cause poisoning, that can kill the cat.

Only a few natural repellents may be used on cats, very effective are chemical spot-on repellents especially made for cats.

Safety Warning:

In rare cases, Tea tree oil may cause skin irritation. To check for an allergic reaction before use, apply a very small amount to the skin inside your elbow area to test for any reaction. If a rash occurs consult your healthcare professional.
Tea tree oil is for external use only. Avoid contact with eyes, keep out of the reach of children. If pregnant, consult with your doctor before use. Use only as recommended and do NOT take tea tree oil internally.

All information on this page serves as a general overview and guide to the reader. We assume no liability for the correctness and completeness of the information provided.

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