Now that we live in one of the most tick infested places in the world, I've been a total neurotic mama about keeping my kiddos tick-free. Seriously, New Jersey has one of the highest rates of Lyme Disease in the country and our county has the highest rate in New Jersey. That coupled with the fact that we had an unseasonably warm winter and many of the ticks and tick eggs didn't die off, means our yard is a haven for ticks (and mosquitoes).
Since there's no way I'm putting DEET on my babies, I scoured the internet looking for all-natural insect repellents. I've made a soy oil based mosquito repellent before that worked wonders, but I wasn't sure it would work for ticks.
As it turns out there's a very simple repellent you can make that will work for both. Ticks and mosquitoes detest the rose geranium scent. With that in mind I looked for recipes using this essential oil.
For a spray that can be used on clothing and skin (but not on the face):
Mix 4 ounces of Witch Hazel
25 drops of Rose Geranium Essential Oil.
For a repellent that can be rubbed into the skin:
Mix 2 Tbsp. of Sweet Almond Oil
25 drops of Rose Geranium Essential Oil
Shake well and apply a dime sized amount to skin (a little goes a long way).
For pets, a couple of drops of Rose Geranium Oil on a cloth collar will repel ticks.
Check out this article for more ideas.