Soothing Pet Antiseptic Spray
- 1 qt chamomile tea (prepared at home from loose tea or
teabags, not ready-to-drink bottled tea)
- 1 1/2 oz lavender essential oil
- 1/2 oz rosewood essential oil
- 1/2 oz rosemary essential oil
- 2 oz concentrated grapefruit seed extract
- 1 oz calendula extract
- 1 oz mullein extract
- 8 oz vegetable glycerin
- 1 small- to medium-size plastic spray bottle (should
be dark-colored to keep out light)
- 1 glass or plastic bottle or jar
2. Prepare tea and allow to cool to room temperature. It is preferable to use filtered or spring water.
3. In glass or plastic bowl, combine essential oils and extracts. Stir in the vegetable glycerin.
4. Pour glycerin mixture into chamomile tea and stir well, or pour into a large glass or plastic container and shake well.
5. Pour some of the mixture into the spray bottle and keep in a cool place out of direct light (or refrigerate if desired -- it makes a nice refreshing spritz on a hot day!). Pour the remaining mixture into the glass or plastic bottle or jar and store it in the refrigerator, refilling the spray bottle as needed.
6. To use, shake well and spray lightly on affected area.
The best strategy to kill fleas requires two steps: Bathe your pet in cedar oil shampoo and, at the same time, sprinkle flea-killing diatomaceous earth on all carpets. Brush it in and leave it for about four days, then thoroughly vacuum dead fleas from the carpet. Diatomaceous earth is harmless for pets and people, though it can be a mild skin irritant. If your pet is sensitive, keep it out of the area. During an infestation, repeat frequently to destroy hatching fleas
Pets and essential oils
New information is emerging on pets and aromatherapy
Massage. One must heed even a bit more caution with
Animals than when using pure essential oils on humans.
For one thing, animal skin absorbs oils at a different
Rate than human skin.
Essential oils that have been found helpful in working
With animals to confront everything from flea control
To depression include: Lavender, tea tree, chamomile,
Bergamot, cedarwood, juniper, rosemary, sandalwood,
Geranium, patchouli, sweet orange, and eucalyptus. The
One essential oil you should avoid using on pets is
Pennyroyal. This popular flea repellent is much too
Concentrated in pure essential oil form.
Flea and Tick Control
Dried herbs and essential oils can be very effective
In shielding your animal from fleas and ticks. (See
Recipe for pet powder below.) I have seen a full-blown tick
Drop off of a dog onto the floor when a single drop of
Undiluted tea tree oil was applied directly. Cleaning
Pet bedding with pure essential oils helps repel
2 drops juniper oil
2 drops lavender oil
1/2 cup arrowroot (or cornstarch, clay, baking soda,
Or equal part blend of these)
Combine the arrowroot and essential oils, crushing the
Clumps of oil between your fingers to evenly
Distribute them. Be sure to wash your hands after handling the
Pure essential oils to avoid any contact with the eyes
Or delicate mucous membranes. Sprinkle on pet as a
You can make an herbal bug-repellent pillow for a cat Or dog by adding equal amounts of lavender flowers, Cedarwood chips and pennyroyal herb (not oil) to the Stuffing of a pillow or small homemade pet bed Mattress. If you're substituting pure essential oils
For the dried herbs, use only 5 drops total per pillow Or mattress and, again, avoid pennyroyal oil. I know It is listed in many pet recipes, but I feel it is much Too strong to be used directly on an animal.
Avoid using irritating citrus oils. While they are an Ingredient in many flea repellents, they are used
Highly diluted. I once witnessed a small kitten go Into convulsions after an unsuspecting owner applied orange Oil to its fur. I would not suggest using pure Essential oils with young puppies or kittens
Pure essential oils may, however, be added in small Amounts to a pet's bathwater, approximately 8 drops of Essential oil to two gallons of water. Eucalyptus, Lavender, juniper, cedarwood, peppermint, or tea tree Work well.
Natural Flea Recipe
Ingredients Required: Eucalyptus Oil & Wintergreen Oil
This is the natural way of eliminating these unwanted fleas from your home and sleeping place of your pet. It has a natural aroma that is not harmful to Humans, Pets, or Children.
Use ¼ tsp. of Eucalyptus Oil in a 8-10 ounce spray pumper bottle. Fill with water. Put the pumper on a fine mist. Spray your house with the mist. Spray the carpet, furniture, car, pet’s beds everywhere. Fleas hate the aroma and run for the door.
Do this 3 times a week. It leaves a fine mist that dries almost instantly. Your home will have a very fresh scent. Spraying your pet is also a great idea. It doesn’t hurt them and it helps keep fleas away. Do this recipe all year, but especially do this routine in the summer months when fleas are at there peak. Vacuuming is also important for picking up eggs.
Eucalyptus Leaves are also great for placing around the base boards of your house. You can put them under the bed, behind my hutch, behind doors, under the couch. They have a mild scent that stays fresh for 6 months or longer. This along with the Eucalyptus Oil gives added protection. You can buy the leaves from a crafts store that has the flower arrangements for Flower Design, or if your near a Eucalyptus Tree just snip off some cuttings from the branches.
Use ¼ tsp of Wintergreen Oil in a 8-10 ounce spray pumper bottle. Fill with water. Put the pumper on a fine mist. Spray your house with the fine mist. Spray the carpet, furniture, etc. Basically do the same as above, but on this oil you do this recipe ONCE every 3 months. The easiest time to remember is the first of the month. This oil kills the eggs. Before they become hatched and become adults and lay more eggs.
Home made flea collar for dogs
2 tablespoons peppermint essential oil
1/2 cup rosemary essential oil
2 tablespoons white cedar essential oil
1/4 cup citronella essential oil
2 tablespoons eucalyptus essential oil
Soak a natural fibre rope in mixture and let dry for several hours. Tie around pet's neck. DO NOT use on cats.
Getting fleas out of the carpet
Vacuum regularly, remembering to do areas like under beds, around skirting boards and window sills.
Sprinkle with borax and leave for 48 hours, then vacuum. Keep pets and children away during treatment.
To treat bites
Rub over with tea tree essential oil. Tea trea oil is one of the most popular first aid herbal remedies.
- Sprinkle Borax into your carpets and rugs to kill fleas. Vacuum thoroughly.
- Vacuum often and always empty the vacuum afterward. Fleas can breed in your vacuum! If you don’t want to change your bag that often, you can keep a fresh flea collar in the bag or spray flea spray into the bag after each vacuum.
- Place a pan on your floor and line the bottom with a white towel. Fill the pan with water and Dawn dishwashing liquid and leave it on the floor overnight with a light shining into the pan. The fleas will be attracted to the pan and the Dawn will effectively eliminate them.
Flea Control for your Pet
- Wash your pet with Dawn Dishwashing Liquid
- Make Homemade Flea Shampoo:
- 3 oz. Glycerine
- 3 oz. Dawn
- 1.5 oz. White vinegar
- 24.5 oz. Water
Makes a full quart of flea shampoo. You can add a couple of drops of pennyroyal as a flea repellent.
The key to flea control is to break the flea’s life cycle. While fleas are relatively easy to kill, their eggs are not. Flea eggs hatch every 7 days. For flea treatments to be effective, they need to be repeated every 6 days for several weeks.
Herbals for pets
Those of us who have pets will tell you that they are like members of the
family. So, for those with furry family members - and some that may not be so
furry - here are a few natural remedies for some common pet problems.
Ear Infections and Ear Mites - Apply garlic-mullein ear oil, 3-4 drops,
twice daily. And because dogs and cats have especially long ear canals, make sure
to massage the ears well to get the oil all the way down the canal.
Fleas - here are several natural remedies:
Herbal bedding - Dry mix dried peppermint, eucalyptus, bay leaf herbs,
marjoram, eucalyptus, rosemary, sage, and clove buds. Crush the botanicals well
and fill a muslin bag with herbs and put in the pet's bed or if your pet has a
cedar filled pillow, just add the botanicals to the cedar chip mixture.
Herbal flea collars - dip a heavy string into a combination of essential
oils containing eucalyptus, citronella and sage, let dry, then securely wind the
string around your pets collar.
Natural flea and tick dip:
2 cups, packed, of fresh rosemary and/or peppermint
1 quart boiling water
4 quarts warm water
Pour the just boiled water over the fresh herbs and let steep, covered, for
30 minutes. Strain and add the liquid to 4 quarts of warm water, saturate the
animal and let it air dry.
Herbal Flea Spray - spray your pet with an herbal mixture of: chamomile,
valerian, licorice and witch hazel. Prepare an infusion using one tea bag of
each herb, and when it's cold, mix with witch hazel.
Worms - removal
Garlic is a good remedy for parasites, but only during infestation. Pets
have no reason to eat garlic, other than seeking a natural means to cleansing
their body from a toxin. You can compare this to berries - some berries are
considered poisonous for animals or birds, but they will eat small amounts if
they have eaten something rancid in order to induce vomiting.
So garlic serves a medicinal purpose only in pets, and is ok as a homeopathic medicine, but something not to be given to the animal regularly.
To treat your pet for worms, chop it into your pet's food (or use a powder form). When the worms are gone, discontinue the garlic.
Adding a few drops of wormwood tincture or Black Walnut Tincture into the food or water bowl can remove parasites, too.
Keep ticks out of your lawn with a homemade tick insecticide.
Ticks feed on the blood of humans and animals. They live in tall grass and trees and carry diseases like Lyme disease. Tick insecticides at the store may contain environmentally harmful ingredients and can irritate your skin. You can keep ticks out of your lawn by making your own tick insecticide and keep the parasites away so that you do not put your health at risk.
Neem oil Spray bottle Clove essential oil Citronella essential oil Lawn power sprayer Cool water
Neem Oil Insecticide
Combine one part neem oil with nine parts cool water.
Pour the solution in a spray bottle or a power sprayer.
Spray areas of your lawn to kill the ticks.
Essential Oil Tick Insecticide
Add 10 drops of clove and citronella essential oil to a lawn power sprayer.
Add ½ cup of cool water to the essential oil.
Keep adding the essential oil and water until you fill the power sprayer.
Stir the ingredients together to mix them well.
Spray the tick insecticide directly onto the lawn