Here is your short list of supplies that you’ll need:
- Bandana or your dog’s collar
- An eyedropper (optional)
- 1-3 tbsp of water
- 3-5 drops of Purification essential oil. If you run out of Purification, you could use any of the following, or a combination: citronella, rosemary, lemongrass, tea tree, or lavender.
In a small dish combine the water with the essential oil. Using an eyedropper, apply the mixture to the bandana and rub the cloth together before tying around your dog’s neck.
I personally like to use a bandana because it is easy to put on or take off and I feel I have more control over how potent I make the collar. If your dog is sensitive to the essential oils, use less and reapply to the collar more frequently. It is recommended that you reapply the oil/water mixture about once a week. If your pet has a high exposure risk to fleas and tick then I would consider reapplying every other day.
As with all things, use a little caution and a lot of common sense. A few other tips for natural insect control would be to use a flea comb daily, catching the fleas and drown them in water. Washing your pet’s bedding on a regular basis, vacuuming regularly and treating your pet to a bath on a regular basis are also great tips.