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8613Re: [SCA-Herbalist] flea and tick repellent

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  • thewhitestag
    May 21, 2013
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      I like the insectivore solution, although many birds are known hosts of disease-carrying ticks, so you'll want to look into that.

      Having just returned from my annual wilderness pilgrimage (I hike a chunk of the Appalachian Trail every year), I can comment a bit on what sort of remedies and repellents folks are currently finding effective. Long distance hikers (folks out for more than week or two at a time) tend to shun the modern chemicals (DEET and similar substances) in favor of gentler solutions -- if you're going to be out for a while, you don't want to be dousing yourself in the nasty stuff every day. Lots of folks used commercially prepared versions of the citrus-based repellent described below and found them quite effective. The primary issue with the stuff is that it is relatively short-acting, so you have to reapply often. But keep in mind that these are folks who are working quite hard and are fairly quickly sweating off whatever they apply.

      -- Galefridus

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Jennifer Heise
      Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 11:27 am
      Subject: Re: [SCA-Herbalist] flea and tick repellent
      To: SCA-Herbalist@yahoogroups.com

      > A recent Mother Earth News suggests that guinea hens and
      > chickens are very
      > successful at controlling ticks and other insects: maybe a some
      > semi-free-range poultry would do the trick? (It appears to have
      > been a
      > period solution).
      > -- Jadwiga
      >
      > On Mon, May 20, 2013 at 2:47 PM, Richard
      > wrote:
      >
      > > **
      > >
      > >
      > > Howdy,
      > > I found this on my daughter's facebook. She has real problems
      > in her yard,
      > > not to mention the nest of Copperhead snakes! Poor thing. What
      > do you think
      > > of these "natural" solutions to fleas and ticks?
      > >
      > > Jack
      > >
      > > Repellent for Pets
      > >
      > > For pets, add 1 cup of water to a spray bottle, followed by 2
      > cups of
      > > distilled white vinegar. Ticks hate the smell and taste of
      > vinegar, and
      > > will be easily be repelled by this ingredient alone. Then, add two
      > > spoonfuls of vegetable or almond oil, which both contain
      > sulfur (another
      > > natural tick repellent). To make a repellent that will also
      > deter fleas,
      > > mix in a few spoonfuls of lemon juice, citrus oil, or
      > peppermint oil, which
      > > will all repel ticks and fleas while also creating a scented
      > repellent.> Spray onto the pet's dry coat, staying away from
      > sensitive areas including
      > > eyes, nose, mouth, and genitals. When outdoors for an extended
      > period,> spray this solution on two to three times per day. When
      > pets are outdoors
      > > generally to use the restroom only, spray the solution onto
      > the animal's
      > > coat once per day.
      > >
      > > A simple homemade repellent can be made with a few inexpensive
      > household> ingredients. In a spray bottle, mix 2 cups of
      > distilled white vinegar and 1
      > > cup of water. To make a scented solution so you do not smell
      > like bitter
      > > vinegar all day, add 20 drops of your favorite essential oil
      > or bath oil.
      > > Eucalyptus oil is a calm, soothing scent that also works as a tick
      > > repellent, while peppermint and citrus oils give off a strong
      > crisp scent
      > > that also repel ticks. After mixing the solution, spray onto
      > clothing,> skin, and hair before going outdoors. Reapply every
      > four hours to keep
      > > ticks at bay, and examine the skin and hair when returning
      > home to make
      > > sure no ticks are on the body.
      > >
      > >
      > >
      >
      >
      >
      > --
      > Jennifer Heise
      >
      > known in the SCA as Jadwiga Zajaczkowa
      >
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