Natural Tick Repellent Recipe

Natural Tick Repellent Recipes

Demetria Clark


It is that time of year again. Tick season. The spread of ticks across the country means we are finding tick-borne diseases where we never have before. When I hike in tick rich areas I make sure I don’t sit on the ground or on logs, I also wear clothes that cover my limbs and have my hair in a ponytail. I also will wear pantyhose to keep my ankles safe from ticks.


Tick Repellent Recipe Essential Oils

Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)- Geranium has a long history of use for tick and bug repellents. The evaluation of 10 essential oils of geranium, Pelargonium graveolens (Geraniaceae), were all shown to have repellent activity against nymphs of the medically important lone star tick, Amblyomma americanum (L.). 1


Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii)– Is found in many insects to include tick products as a repellent.


Alaskan Cypress (Cupressus nootkatensis)– Essential oil is found to be an effective tick repellent.  2


Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides)– Extracts of vetiver oil have been found to be significant repellents and toxicants of ants, ticks, and cockroaches. 3


Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)- This essential oil has a long history of use for tick and mosquito repellents.


Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus / Cymbopogon winterianus)- Citronella has a long history as an insect repellent, especially in farms around the world to ward off ticks. Citronella and a few other essential oils have been found to be as effective as DEET. 4


Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus / Cymbopogon flexuosus)-Essential oil has been proven as a natural insect repellent and is cited to help prevent Lyme Disease, malaria and dengue fever. 5


Virginian Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)-This essential oil is good for warding off ticks. 6


Peppermint (Mentha × piperita)- Peppermint repels fleas and ticks and mice.  As a pesticide, the primary active ingredient, menthol, has biocidal properties and is effective at controlling mites, mosquito larvae, and various other pests. 7


Geraniol- Rose oil, palmarosa oil, and citronella oil contain geraniol; it also occurs in small quantities in geranium, lemon, and many other essential oils. “A field trial on the efficacy of 1% geraniol (Fulltec®) spray against ticks has been carried out in two farms near Rabat (Morocco). Results revealed that 1% geraniol has a preventive effect against Hyalomma ticks. Comparison of geraniol sprayed cows with control herd showed a reduction of mean number of ticks per animal of 98.4%, 97.3% and 91.3% at respectively day 7, 14 and 21 post-spraying. These data give evidence that the geraniol, natural product extracted from plants, could be an alternative to limit the use of chemical acaricides, which efficacy is compromised by the development of resistance.” 8

Essential Oil Blends
I will give you three options for essential oils you can blend. You can of course come up with your own.
You will make a “Master” blend. This blend can be used in a variety of bases that will be listed under the essential oil formulations. We use parts so you can make as large or as small of a blend as you need.

We will also provide three bases you can add these essential oils too.


Natural Tick repellent recipesBase Essential Oil Blends
Essential Oil Blend 1
2 parts Geranium
2 parts Citronella
1 part Lemongrass
1 part Virginian Cedarwood


Essential Oil Blend 2
2 parts Lemongrass
2 parts Alaska Cypress
2 parts Citronella
1 part Rosemary


Essential Oil Blend 3
2 parts Vetiver
2 parts Virginia Cedarwood
1 part Rosemary
1 part Lemongrass

You can make your own blends.


Base 1- Spray
30% grain alcohol.
66% Distilled water or witch hazel
4% essential oil blend.

Sprays can be sprayed on clothing, backpacks and hair.


Base 2- Spray
30% grain alcohol
66% Rosewater
4% essential oil blend


Base 3- Spray
25% grain alcohol
66% citronella or lemongrass tea
4% essential oil blend


Gel Base
90% Aloe Vera Gel
5% essential oil blend
5% grain alcohol

Gels and oils can be applied to the skin.


Oil Base 1
85% infused Tansy Olive Oil
5% Neem Oil
10% essential oil blend.


Oil Base 2
70% Fractionated Coconut Oil
15% infused Yarrow oil
5% Neem Oil
10% essential oil blend


Resources for tick-borne diseases
Tickborne Diseases CDC-
Check this resource out; it has a lot of information about tick-borne conditions outside of the one we all know of, Lyme’s Disease. Handy resource. It also has excellent instructions for proper tick removal.


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