What essential oil repels ticks on dogs? Essential Tips

Cedarwood Oil

Cedarwood oil is extremely popular for pest control, as it both repels and kills fleas and ticks on both animals and humans. When cedarwood oil is diffused for aromatherapy, it releases anti-parasitic molecules into the air, killing any fleas and ticks that may be present in the home.

The ASPCA recommends avoiding use of essential oils with pets. They do specify however that oils used topically in absolute or non-diluted form is dangerous. Diffusing oils can be ok if you do not have birds and if pets cant knock the diffuser over. It makes sense to me as well to provide a room for them that is free of the strong scent.

One study did find however, that dogs sprayed with turmeric oil 2.5% v/v diluted in water with a 1% coco glucoside excipient had significantly fewer attached ticks than those untreated. Dogs treated with turmeric oil had a 15% attachment rate, and untreated had a 73% attachment rate (with a variable rate of around 20%).

According to studies reviewed by Healthline, the best essential oils to repel ticks are:

We sell many organic, artisanal essential oils, many pre-diluted so you dont have to purchase a separate carrier oil. We can special order many absolutes, or oils not in stock. Many of our blends server double duty for specific health complaints and as insect repellents. Check out our blog on mosquito repellent oils for more information, or read up on our products directly.

These studies were largely on treated clothing dragged through tick infested areas, or worn as pants. The essential oils were sprayed diluted on the cloth.

Rose Geranium oil

Using the diluted form of this oil on your dog isnt bad. Apply a drop behind each shoulder blade and a drop close to the base of the tail.

Best Essential oils for flees and ticks on dogs?

This natural tick repellent for dogs will keep your furry friends sane and itch-free this year. This essential oil blend is a mess-free spray that will keep your dog happy and healthy.

Got ticks? Those little blood-suckers can be a real pain for dogs and us as their humans. Luckily, there’s a very simple all-natural tick repellent for dogs that’s effective at keeping those pests away.

Bailey is our long-haired black cocker spaniel and as you can imagine, it’s not easy to spot ticks on him until they’re already embedded and large. (Yuck!) We also have another sweet dog named Skippy.

And because we live in the woods of New Hampshire, we are in prime tick and Lyme country; ticks are ABUNDANT around here.

Ticks are not only a nuisance, but they can carry disease pathogens that are harmful to both humans AND pets. A few include:

These diseases can be serious and life-altering. Needless to say, you don’t want ticks brought into your home whether it’s on your pet or you. That’s why I ALWAYS use a natural flea and tick repellent for dogs when we go hike.

I try to avoid using chemical flea and tick repellents because of the potentially toxic ingredients. They’re not something I’m comfortable putting on my dogs, especially when my children love to snuggle with our animals.

I’ve been using this natural tick repellent for dogs for several years now and it really works.

Please read my Essential Oil Common Sense Safety page before using this essential oil recipe. I am not a medical professional or a veterinarian and the information presented here is merely for educational purposes and not intended to replace medical advice. It is your responsibility to do your own research, consult with your doctor, or in this case – your vet – and make safe decisions for yourself and your family.

I use a quick and easy essential oil tick spray for my dogs. It includes 4 simple ingredients and it works really well for us.

The key ingredient is Geranium essential oil. It’s also called Rose Geranium essential oil.

Did you know you can use rose geranium to repel ticks from people, including kids, too? Read more about that here.

Geranium oil (specifically the species, Pelargonium graveolens) has been shown in studies to be just as effective at keeping ticks away as DEET.

The Latin or scientific name is important here – that’s the Pelargonium graveolens part. Some essential oils are labeled Rose Geranium while others are just plain Geranium. That’s where the Latin name is key.

I have not used other brands and I can’t attest to their effectiveness. I’ve heard that some people have had mixed results with the NOW brand.