How To Make Natural Tick Repellent

You may have noticed a lot of news reports and PSAs lately advising that tick-related illnesses are on the rise.

Typically, these reports advise you to use chemical tick repellents like DEET that are highly toxic and can cause health issues.

I recommend using a natural formula that will effectively repel ticks without smearing your skin and clothing with toxins. The good news is it’s really easy to make yourself.

BONUS: This tick repellent will also repel a host of other unwelcome insects, like mosquitos!


This natural tick repellent is a snap to make!

Equipment you’ll need:

  • Small stainless steel funnel (Find them here on amazon.)
  • 4-ounce glass spray bottle (Find them here on amazon.)

The Formula:

  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) of apple cider vinegar
  • 30 – 40 drops of the Nature Shield essential oil blend from Plant Therapy (Find it here on amazon, or get it directly from Plant Therapy here.) Or, you can use one or a combination of the following essential oils: citronella, geranium bourbon, lemon eucalyptus and/or catnip.
  •  Water to fill the bottle

How to make it:

  1. Start by adding the apple cider vinegar to the glass bottle using the funnel. If you’re like me and don’t want to be bothered with measuring the 2 ounces, just fill the bottle halfway.
  2. Add the essential oil.
  3. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with water.
  4. Put the bottle sprayer top on tight, and shake the ingredients extremely well. Be sure to shake the bottle vigorously before each use.
  5. Spray on your skin, but avoid getting the spray in your mouth or eyes. You can also spray it on your clothes, but test first if you’re worried about staining.

Though this natural tick repellent works quite well, it’s still important to fully check your clothing, body, hair and scalp check when you return from any wooded area or place where ticks are known to hang around.

Cheers to repelling ticks naturally without damaging your health!

With love and gratitude,


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