ticked off?

by admin on May 18, 2017

tickedoff

anthony : ” dont move”

me: what? whats on me?

anthony: just DONT MOVE ( as the truck begins merging to the shoulder of the road)

me: WHAT IS IT ( i can see him staring at my cheek lol ) IS IT A SPIDER, a BEE???

anthony:  just DONT MOVE

me: ****WHAAAAACK***  straight to my face

anthony: darnit, i said dont move ( laughing, kinda)

me: what was it? ( looks at hand, dont see any guts)

anthony: it was a TICK and now its somewhere in the truck!

well.. its in the truck.. but i hit myself so hard i nearly wasnt!

yeah, so…. we took my pups for a walk a few weeks ago in the woods - when we returned, i was finding ticks on them for days. even after a bath and a good brushing. i knew at that point, i was going to be making something for my babies  - especially since the breed type is known to be sensitive to the drugs available to repel ticks and fleas for dogs. after just losing my nina in january, i am not even willing to take the risk of putting something like frontline on my dogs knowing full well they could have an issue with it simply due to their breed type. so, i started my research. then, i thought you know, as much as i am in the woods with them - i should probably make something that works for them, and me. safe for both of us.

so i began my recipe -  i was torn on whether i wanted a spray or a concentrated form. i had a few different ideas swirling around up here - i was developing different ways to deliver the ingredients i wanted - and couldnt make up my mind - until i had the AH_HA! moment. and once i did, i knew exactly what i was doing. im leaving it up to you. thats what im doing. i did the research and picked your ingredients, but you can pick your method of application.

so let me explain. i knew if i made a spray, i was going to use a lavender hydrosol as the base for the spray - simply because it only serves to help keep the ticks away. more so than water, more so than oil, more so than witch hazel, more so than alcohol. Not to mention, its perfectly safe for dogs. BUT - its also pricey, at least, the good stuff is. the uncut, real organic hydrosol is. ( be careful when searching to buy hydrosols - take caution if you see them being sold cheap. its SO easy to blend with water and sell off a cheap version of something that should not be cut if you care to have the benefits actually work. ) aside from that - on its own, lavender hydrosol is awesome! its so versatile. you can create all sorts of things out of it - or just use it as is, for so many things. it makes a great aftershave, its awesome for sunburn, its wonderful for rashes, as a facial toner, as a skin mist, as a room spray, a night time pillow case help you sleep aid, linen spray, etc.. i encourage you to do some research and experimenting with it.  one of the really nice things about it - you can add your own essential oils to it to create custom blends to your liking. which also means, you can add our tick repellent to it - and have a spray AND a concentrate.  BECAUSE :

i made a concentrate for our tick repellent -  i ended up deciding that was the best route for delivery with the most ability to repel ticks on the body, and for larger areas like clothing and bedding and tents and such - a spray makes good sense. so hence, the hydrosol. PLUS - even if you arent looking for a tick repellent, the hydrosol is wonderful just to use on its own for all sorts of other things. so i thought why not bring the product in.

so what is hydrosol anyhow? hydrosols are byproducts of the essential oil extraction process. they consist of water and plant essence. they do contain many of the same compounds of the plant as the essential oil does, however they also contain some, that the oils do not. they also tend to be more mild. which is perfect for some of us, and our furry friends that have such amazing ability to smell! unfortunately their great sniffers, also make them quite sensitive to the powerful aromas in most essential oils.

now, we do also have the concentrate - which can also be used on you - and canines. i specifically chose the oils ive chosen - to be what i believe is the most effective, while being the most safe. granted, as with all essential oils - use caution and patch test prior to use. discontinue use if irritation occurs, or if puppy displays obvious odd behaviors.

you can search the internet for essential oils to repel ticks - and you will probably find, peppermint and lemon eucalyptus all over the place, however - neither of those oils are in our tick repellent. for good reason. yes, they are good at repelling ticks, but they do have downsides with certain issues - such as age, size, and certain medical conditions. However, -there is an essential oil as effective, in fact its more effective,  and very safe  —– geranium. in fact, it is so safe, it is one of the few oils that can be used directly on the skin, undiluted. now, dont go out and just buy any old geranium oil and expect it to repel ticks - because they arent all this good at it. there are multiple kinds of geranium - the one we use here at bg, just so happens to be the best at repelling ticks :) we also have lemon oil, and just like geranium oil - there are all sorts of lemon oils out there - we use lemon with the highest ability to keep those ticks away. we also have lavender, and just like geranium and lemon, there are multiple sorts - we use…. yes, we use the best… imagine that. food grade, therapeutic, top of the line.  and lastly, there is a bit of light patchouli in there. each oil ive chosen has specific abilities to do certain things in this blend that i think are important. certain oils repel ticks because they cant stand the scent, certain ones mask your own odor which makes you harder to detect by the tick. certain ones wont allow tick eggs to hatch, certain ones kinda choke them out. LOL no, really. haha. so yeah - i promise you i have done my homework to the best of my ability and came to a formula that i hope is the safest and most effective for you and your family.

originally i was going to sell this to you in pure form - but i decided to put it into a fractionated coconut oil for delivery if you choose to use it directly on the skin, yours and pups. the ratio is about 70% essential oil 30% coconut. i did this to ensure the oils are as safe as i can possibly make them for your dogs, while still being effective. you can use the oil on their collar, you can put a drop between their shoulder blades and at the base of their tail. for people, a dab on the wrist, ankle, and base of the neck near the hairline should do the trick.

please keep in mind, these are essential oils - not frontline or commercial tick meds that last for months in your dogs system ( which is actually quite terrifying if you ask me) so they will need to be reapplied more often. before a walk in the woods or trip to the park, for certain. i am not a vet - so please talk with your vet or research online how often for your dog. dogs come in all sizes and breeds - so please do your homework to ensure all safety measures are taken. for reference, i applied the concentrate directly to my 6 mo old australian shepherds about a week ago and so far, no ticks.  i also used my hydrosol spray mix to treat the area of my lawn where my dogs most often go… and gave them each a quick spritz with the hydrosol spray on their legs.  i plan to reapply after their next bath, or before the next walk in the woods. use your discretion - and do some research regarding your dog breed if you are going to be using this on your pets.

if you do choose to add essential oils - or-  our concentrate to the hydrosol mix -

please follow these amount recommendations -

essential oils of your choosing : 10 drops per ounce. so, 40 drops total

our ticked off tick repellent : 80 drops per ounce, 320 drops total.

our ticked off repellent comes in a 1/2 oz amber glass bottle, with a screw cap, and a 1 drop dose cap is included. if you use the drop cap, be sure to SECURE the cap in tight ( they are a little tough to get on).

ive printed up a little info brochure to go along with your hydrosol and tick repellent. so be sure so snag one with your purchase. ( online orders, one will be included with each order)

alright - thats about all for now - any questions - please comment on the facebook post and i will answer to the best of my ability!

thanks!

until next,

-heidi

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